Is it possible to separate a single layer into two distinct layers in Adobe After Effects? Yes!
It is useful when you want to have one layer end and another layer begins at the same point in the timeline.
If you want to split a clip in After Effect, follow these steps:
- Import your clip into the software by going to the File menu > Import > File
- Once the clip is imported, you can create a new composition by dragging it to the New Comp icon at the bottom of the Project window or by right-clicking on the clip and selecting “New Comp…”.
- To split the layer, you must position the playhead at the desired point in the timeline. You can do this by using the Page Up and Page Down keys or by using the
- CTRL + Left Arrow and CTRL + Right Arrow on Win or CMD + Left Arrow and CMD + Right Arrow on Mac shortcuts.
Once the play head is in the correct position, you can split the layer by going to the Edit menu > Split Layer or using CTRL + Shift + D on Win or CMD + Shift + D on Mac
In addition to splitting layers, you can also trim them.
Trimming a layer involves cutting off the beginning or end of the clip to change its length.