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Bill Clay
How do I update 1 composition that is used across multiple projects?
on Aug 4, 2016 at 6:25:21 pm

I have 10 separate AE projects.
They all use the same 5 second composition at the beginning.
Is there a way to update the 5 second composition without opening each AE project?

Looking back, I think I should have built everything into 1 project file, instead of 10.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: How do I update 1 composition that is used across multiple projects?
on Aug 4, 2016 at 8:04:41 pm

You have two options:
  • Prerender the comp in question, then import the animation into the other projects
  • Reduce the project containing the comp in question. Save it under a new name. Import it into those other projects. Then use the Replace Footage command to replace the old versions of the comp with the new one.

There's nothing automatic about this.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Bill Clay
Re: How do I update 1 composition that is used across multiple projects?
on Aug 4, 2016 at 8:10:08 pm

Thank you, sir.


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Kevin Camp
Re: How do I update 1 composition that is used across multiple projects?
on Aug 4, 2016 at 8:14:22 pm

if the 5 second composition can be replaced by a clip, pre-render the 5 second comp in one of the projects, then replace the 5 second comps in the other projects with the render.

pre-rendering has a post-render action that will automatically import the rendered clip and replace the pre-rendered comp with the clip. it won't delete the comp, so you can make changes in the future and simply pre-render it again.

or, you could import the other projects into single project, replace any shared comps with a single instance of the shared comp and then you'd have all your projects within a single project... make a change to that 5 second comp once, and it will be reflected in the others...

Kevin Camp
Art Director
KCPQ, KZJO & KRCW


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Bill Clay
Re: How do I update 1 composition that is used across multiple projects?
on Aug 4, 2016 at 8:21:17 pm

much thanks, sir.


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