2 Replies Latest reply on Dec 9, 2015 11:54 AM by Rick Gerard

    How can I work on one project using different computers?


      I'm doing an after effects project for school, and I'd like to work on it both on my laptop and on school computers.  I've been working exclusively on my laptop so far. What is the best way to transfer files from one computer to another? I'm scared to work directly from a flash drive; is that safe? Please let me know how I should do this.  Thanks!

        • 1. Re: How can I work on one project using different computers?
          Dave LaRonde Level 6

          First thing: make sure the 2 versions of After Effects match!  You'll have far fewer problems.  In fact, if the two versions don't match, it may foil your plan.  If they DO match, you'd be wise to take advantage of AE's Increment & Save feature.  Save in AE the way people vote in Chicago: early & often.


          You can use a thumb drive to transport the project File & media files with no problem, but don't work off the thumb drives.  To make sure you're covered, you might think about having TWO thumb drives.

          • 2. Re: How can I work on one project using different computers?
            Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            You could also work off a Dropbox folder.  The most important thing is to keep the directory structure exactly the same. In other words if you put your working folder on the desktop ar school and have it on the desktop at home the only thing you will have to carry back and forth is the AE project. If you are working off a portable drive then you can use the collect files in AE to build a folder with all of the assets and the project file that you can carry to any computer.  The collect files feature will automatically create a folder that contains your project file and all the footage. You can just move that whole folder to any computer and everything should work.


            You will also need to make sure that any third-party plug-ins that you use are installed on all computers.