Find Duration Between Keyframes in After Effects

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This tutorial teaches you how to easily find the duration between two keyframes in After Effects. This is one of those After Effects tricks that you didn’t know you need and didn’t know even existed. It’s simple to do. Let’s get into it.

Counting Keyframes in AE

How many times have you hit page up and page down to count frame by frame between two keyframes? For me, over the 14 or so years I’ve been using After Effects, it’s an incalculable amount.

To begin, open the Info panel. If you can’t find it go under the Window menu and choose Info. It should pop up after doing that.

Finding Duration Between Keyframes Trick

Next twirl open the property on layer you want to find the distance between it’s keyframes. Hold down Opt+Shift (Mac) or Alt+Shift (Windows) and click the first keyframe. While continuing to hold down Opt+Shift / Alt+Shift, click the second keyframes. Now go check the Info panel. There will be a line that says Duration between keyframes. And boom. There you go. This will say the duration between keyframes in After Effects.

Info Panel in After Effects showing the duration between keyframes
Hold Opt/Alt+Shift and click the two keyframes you want to find the duration between

Shout out to Ryan Summers for this tip.

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If you’ve read this tutorial and you still can’t figure it out, please leave a comment and I’ll do what I can to help troubleshoot it. But if you can now find the duration between keyframes in After Effects, I hope you stick around and check out some of the other After Effects tutorials on my website or consider signing up to get notified about new blog posts and happenings around EVF.

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