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If you have a single layer now, split it into multiple layers and apply your grain-reduction effect to each layer as needed.
BTW, if you're new to After Effects, I very strongly recommend that you learn the basics before tackling a real project. Here's a page that contains an ordered set of getting-started resources:
The time that you spend learning the basics will come back to you many times over as saved time (and better results) in future projects.
you are right, most just try to jump in. Ive watched some tutorials on VideoCoPilot and played with it but thats about it. I will watch yours also.
so you area saying I can duplicate the layers.... lets say there are like 10 places where the effect needs to be added, then each layer, I would shave back the timeline to the area I want to fix and apply the effect, is that right? then render it out..... whats the best setting to use to render it out to if its going to be going to dvd Studio Pro?
> so you area saying I can duplicate the layers....
Did you follow the link that I gave for splitting layers? Do so.
> whats the best setting to use to render it out to if its going to be going to dvd Studio Pro?
I know nothing about DVD Studio Pro. I'll assume that the same principle applies to it that applies to most post-production software: Give it a losslessly compressed intermediate file. I use a QuickTime movie with the PNG video codec when I hand files off to a friend who uses Final Cut Pro.
See this FAQ entry for information on choosing export settings:
the splitting layers link appears to be for CS5 but I will see if its somewhat the same as CS3 which I have.