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Steven Perry
Parenting currently unparented layers
on Jan 5, 2017 at 9:40:44 pm

I have 50+ layers, some of them parented to others, some of them not.

I need a way to select the currently un-parented layers, so I can scoot them out of the screen (parented to a null)

Any way to do this? (No I don't want to use a camera to scoot most of the art out of the frame.)

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Walter Soyka
Re: Parenting currently unparented layers
on Jan 6, 2017 at 4:12:53 pm

Here's a very quick script to do it:

Unzip this, put the .jsx file in your After Effects script folder [link], then invoke it from the File > Scripts > keen-SelectUnparentedLayers.jsx menu.

The code is simple and does not do any error-checking. You need to make sure that you have a comp active (timeline panel is open), otherwise Ae will throw an ungraceful error.

Here's the code, in case you're curious:
// selects un-parented layers in the active comp.

for (i=1; i<=app.project.activeItem.numLayers; i++) {
if (app.project.activeItem.layers[i].parent == null) app.project.activeItem.layers[i].selected = true else app.project.activeItem.layers[i].selected = false;

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