I'm poking around for some advice. I'm a little new to AE and trying to figure out the best work flow.
I am working on a series of short videos (I think there will be 25 total), and trying to figure out how to best streamline the process.
When I create a new video for the series, should I be collecting the files and creating it in its own folder, or should I just create the new AEP file in the same root folder? I ask this because there are a lot of similar elements (effects, footage, etc) for each video.
Thinking through this, it seems to me that to stay organized, I should be collecting the files and making each video its own entity. Because there'd be nothing cooler than digging through 100+ PS or AI layers to find the titles/content that I need.
I may have just answered my own question. Is there a reason to do anything other than my current course of action (Collect, then make anew)? I can imagine people putting together a TV series wanting to keep each project separate.
It sounds like you have to use the Collect Files command a lot. Any chance of getting all the necessary files in the same spot or two BEFORE you begin your AE work? It helps a lot in the long run.
If this is a series, there's a VERY good chance you'll use certain files over & over again: logos, animated graphics, what have you. I have such files myself, so all that stuff goes into a folder named "Common Footage". As I find I need additional files that will be used in the future, they go into that folder, too. Then for each new project, I make a folder containing the project file, a "Footage" folder for files used only in that project, and a "Completed" folder where the renders go.
You might be able to get away with four folders: "Common Footage", "Footage" for stuff unique to each episode, "Completed" and a "Projects" folder which would contain the project files: "Episode 1", "Episode 2", etc.
Thank you for your input, sir! I greatly appreciate it. I will probably end up doing exactly what you suggest.