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Is there a way to import a group of layers in one project in to another project ?

Mar 6, 2012 5:32 PM

Hi all,

 

I'm currently using After Effects 5... yes that is version 5, not CS5.

 

I'm trying to figure out if I can import a group of layers and their applied Effects in to another project while keeping all the editable attributes and the positions of the imported layers with respect to one another.

 

I see that I can import a AEP project file in to another project via IMPORT FILE, but that just brings the raw layers/files in to the project window and does not place the layers in the timeline with all of their positions, Effects and edited attributes, the way that I'd like.

 

I also tried Pre-Composing the layers, but that does not leave them editable once a pre-comp has been made... it just makes the 7 layers that I want to import in to another project all one layer and does not leave them editable the way the the 7 layers are separately.

 

In Adobe Premiere, there is an actual "IMPORT PROJECT" selection under IMPORT that allows me to import an entire project file in to another project and lets me place the imported project where I want in the new project timeline... that is what I'm trying to do in After Effects.

 

I realize that there may be an easy way to do this in one of the newer versions of After Effects, and one might say, "just buy the new AE CS5", but I figured out allot of things on my own so far and I like After Effects 5 for what I'm doing now... maybe later on the newer version.

 

Thanks for any input,

 

digi

 
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    Mar 6, 2012 8:08 PM   in reply to digiday

    Simply import the source project into the new project.  Open the original composition, select the layers you want, and copy.  Then open the new composition and Paste. 

     

    If you want to be really tidy about it, you can make a temporary version of the source project that only contains the layers you want to move to the new project.  Import that temp project to the new one, then you can delete the temp project.

     
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    Mar 7, 2012 3:54 PM   in reply to digiday

    Not sure if you mean this thread:

     

    Were expressions available in After Effects 5.0?

     
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    Mar 8, 2012 8:31 AM   in reply to Andrew Yoole

    Andrew Yoole wrote:

    If you want to be really tidy about it, you can make a temporary version of the source project that only contains the layers you want to move to the new project.  Import that temp project to the new one, then you can delete the temp project.

    This is the system I've used for many years. Save a copy of the project and give it a name that means something relevant to the new project. Open the copy and delete all unnecessary stuff.

     

    The naming system is crucial to all my AE projects; layers, projects, renders — they all get carefully parsed names.

     
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    Mar 8, 2012 3:41 PM   in reply to digiday

    I strongly encourage you to follow the suggestions of myself and Bogiesan, importing projects into AE rather than straight copy-paste.  After Effects is reliant on source elements like footage and solids, and these relationships can be broken if you just copy-paste between projects.  For the matter of a few extra seconds, doing a project import may save you a lot of trouble reconnecting and reimporting media. 

     
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    Mar 8, 2012 4:18 PM   in reply to digiday

    You import another AE project just like any other graphic or footage item, with the Import command.  You can even drag an AE project onto the project pane from a Finder window.

     

    So, open your OLD AE project, delete all the stuff you don't need, then save as a temp project.

     

    Open your NEW AE project, choose File/Import and select the temp project.

     

    You should see a new folder in the Project pane which has the name of your temp project.  Inside, you'll find the comps and components of the temp project.

     

    Now, open the OLD comp within that folder, and copy the layers you want.

     

    Then open your NEW comp, and paste the layers.

     
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    Mar 8, 2012 5:03 PM   in reply to digiday

    Are you confusing the terms comp and project?

     

    The only things that contain effects, scale, position etc in After Effects are layers within a comp.  If you drag elements from the project pane to a timeline, they won't have any of those other parameters intact.  Thats why you must cut and paste from one comp to another.

     

    When I refer to your OLD comp, I mean your original comp which contains the stuff you want to add to your new project.  That comp will be sitting inside the imported folder in your project pane.

     

    When I refer to your NEW comp, I mean the target location for all this stuff you have just imported.  Assuming you created it before you imported the temp project, that comp will be outside the imported folder in your project pane.

     
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    Mar 12, 2012 9:46 AM   in reply to digiday

    A sheep noise? Never heard of that. You're definitely going insane.

     
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