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  • Basic question about “fit to screen”

  • Jef Bryant

    April 7, 2005 at 10:03 am

    When working on a comp in After Effects that is much larger than your monitor, is there a simple way to “fit to screen” (as in photoshop), or are proxies the only way? Couldn’t find anything in the manual about this.

  • Jimi Dixon

    April 7, 2005 at 2:31 pm

    Keyboard Shortcut
    Command+Option_F (Mac)

  • Steve Roberts

    April 7, 2005 at 2:57 pm

    I’m not sure why you mentioned proxies in this context, unless I’m missing something. Proxies are files that are temporarily used to replace compositions or files that are too large to render quickly. They are lower-res substitute files.

    You use “Fit to screen” in AE when you want to shrink a 640×480 layer so it fits into a 320×240 comp, for example. The other poster gave you the shortcut for this command.

    Try alt< (or opt<) to reduce the magnification of the comp window. You can only magnify the comp window according to the sizes in the magnification button at the bottom left of the comp window. If you want your composition to fill the computer screen on RAM playback, click the "full screen" switch on the time controls palette. The comp image won't appear any larger than your current comp window settings, but it will be surrounded by black. Check the help under "looking at the workspace". Hope that helps, Steve

  • Jef Bryant

    April 7, 2005 at 3:16 pm

    Thanks to both of you. I’m on PC, and it turned out to be alt< . Sorry if I wasn't clear. I'm a neophyte. I normally use After Effects with SD and DV sized comps, but am now looking into larger comp resolutions that don't fit on the monitor. I just wanted the comp window to be fully visible. Resizing the comp window to 50% via the alt< shortcut works perfectly. My confusion about proxies came from my trying to find info on high resolution comps in the manual.

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