5 Replies Latest reply on Nov 8, 2016 9:07 AM by emmaTPR12

    copy animation into new composition

    emmaTPR12 Level 1

      I've animated our logo in a standalone composition, and I'd like to be able to bring that animation into other compositions. I might need to adjust the timings depending on what's going on in each composition, so ideally I'd rather not have to use an exported .mp4 but copy the actual animation in on a layer. Is this possible? And if so, how?


      Thanks in advance for any help.

        • 1. Re: copy animation into new composition
          Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

          Pre-compose your logo, use it as a layer in teh otehr comps. enable time-remapping to adjust the timing on each individual layer.



          • 2. Re: copy animation into new composition
            emmaTPR12 Level 1

            could you explain what pre-compose means please?

            • 3. Re: copy animation into new composition
              emmaTPR12 Level 1

              Never mind, I've worked it out myself.. import the composition into the new project and you can actually just drag the composition itself in as a layer, and double click on it when you need to edit it. Didn't know you could do that.

              • 4. Re: copy animation into new composition
                Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                A NLE like Premiere Pro is for making movies requires about as much training as driving a car to get started and be productive. After Effects is an app designed specifically to create shots and short sequences. It is not for editing. You use AE to do things that you cannot do in a NLE. After Effects requires about the same amount of training as flying an airplane to be productive and efficient. To be really good at it you need as much training as a Navy pilot shooting night landings in a hurricane in an F-18 with half your wing shot off. IOW, it takes a lifetime.


                My best advice is to start here: Basic AE, then move on to some good books or a training series like the ones from Total Training or Lynda.com. Every hour you spend with a good trainer will save you at least as much time on your next few projects. Watch out for amateurs posting how to's on YouTube. Make sure you vet your sources.

                • 5. Re: copy animation into new composition
                  emmaTPR12 Level 1

                  I'm not sure why you're telling me this when I was asking how to bring an animation into an existing composition rather than how to use AE from scratch. I've recently done a professional course in AE, I just don't know how to do everything yet, hence my post. I believe that's what these forums are for....?