3 Replies Latest reply on Nov 29, 2016 2:06 AM by Mylenium

    Multiple compositions with audio react


      Hey guys, forgive my n00b-ness. I've just started working with After Effects and am having a problem bringing together a few compositions I've made and having them work with a single piece of audio.


      I've made 3 separate compositions (going through tutorials online) that all react to audio. These are all roughly 30-second pieces each. Now that I've done these three, I want to create a new composition and bring all of the other 3 files into this main one and apply their effects to a new piece of audio, roughly 30 minutes long (it's a DJ mix I've created). I've been messing around and trying to copy+paste and import the compositions and I can get them imported - visually it looks right, but I can't change the way each composition reacts to the audio, i.e. when I try to change the mp3 file in each effect control it doesn't show the new mix, just the old file I used when I created the movies. I'm sure this is a simple fix so I'm wondering if anyone can point me in the right direction. Thanks!

        • 1. Re: Multiple compositions with audio react
          Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

          Not sure what you are asking. Replacing the audio source file in the project window or timeline? How does your art "react" to the audio? Expressiosn? Something else? You need to explain better. I also get the feeling that you assume you could simply change a "master" layer in the parent comp and it wil magically change the child compositions, which with AE isn't the case.



          • 2. Re: Multiple compositions with audio react
            menappi Level 1

            Thanks for the reply. Again, sorry for not explaining properly as I'm very new to the software. I'll try to explain better what I'm doing and what I want.


            Over the weekend I made 3 separate files in AE:

            1) a glitch introduction using my logo (the logo moves around and does some glitch effect)

            2) a pulsating logo that pulses to the beat (sound keys effect) of a song (song clip #1, 20 seconds long)

            3) a particle ring that reacts (audio spectrum effect) to the beat of a different song (song clip #2, 30 seconds long)


            I want to take all 3 of these files and put them into a single movie (I don't know the proper terminology yet but I want all three of these to go into one file so I can upload it to youtube, using a different/longer song) so what would be the best way to merge all of these and get the compositions to react to the new audio becuase I can't figure that out. I want to later just be able to almost drag and drop new songs into this 'template' and quickly link the effects up to the new music. I hope this makes sense.

            • 3. Re: Multiple compositions with audio react
              Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

              what would be the best way to merge all of these and get the compositions to react to the new audio becuase

              You can't, because in AE's way of thinking you still have three separate source itmes for the audio, each with its own in- and out-points and by way of usage in the comp, their own effects and settings. You can of course combine them by simply importing the projects and sequentially arranging the comps on the timeline, but you still have to go in and replace the audio every time. Without some restructuring effort this will not change. You could facilitate the process by replacing the audio with your new audio snippets before importing and then a File --> Consolidate may exactly do that and leave just one file which you can then easily replace with a right-click, but other than that I would first merge the visuals and then spend some time on polishing up the audio usage by adjusting the references to point to the parent comp. A lot of trouble can already be avoided, by dumping the audio in pre-compositions and use those instead of referencing the audio files directly. That way you only have to replace the audio in one place, regardles where the pre-comp is being used and how many times. Again, the issue will be the structure of the project and you have to work on that.