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Kevin Olmsted
Duplicating a group of Comps & PreComps
on Sep 29, 2018 at 3:15:01 pm
Last Edited By Kevin Olmsted on Sep 29, 2018 at 3:16:32 pm

Hello all,

I have an After Effects project that is a 2 second news interstitial that is essentially a transition that has text flying within it. I did not create this project, it was sent by corporate. My ND has requested this interstitial with 50 different text variations.

There are 5 comps and precomps in a project folder. A final render comp containing two precomps, and each of those containing two precomps.

The easiest thing for me, to make all of these interstitials, is duplicate and rename the folder, rename the main comp, change the text in the two appropriate precomps, and do it over and over. I can then queue all the main comps and render them all out.

The only thing dragging my efficiency down is that I have to reconnect the newly copied precomps back to their accompanying master comps.

Is there any way to copy a folder of comps and precomps and have them all maintain their master/slave relationship within the folder?

I'm using After Effects CC 2017, that is not cloud-based. Thanks for reading.


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Dirk de Jong
Re: Duplicating a group of Comps & PreComps
on Sep 29, 2018 at 8:32:12 pm

It seems like you could probably just run this script on the final comps and have it make "true duplicates" (it also dupes and links precomps and even media if desired - all kinds of nice options, creates the new folders and lets you specify how the newly created objects named etc.)) ; https://aescripts.com/true-comp-duplicator/ - it's a "name your own price" product but I paid the suggested $25.00 and it's actually been worth so much more than that to me


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Kevin Olmsted
Re: Duplicating a group of Comps & PreComps
on Sep 29, 2018 at 8:50:42 pm

Thanks for the recommendation. I've been referred to aescripts.com on more than one occasion for various things, but have never pulled the trigger on anything. Might have to soon.



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Eric Santiago
Re: Duplicating a group of Comps & PreComps
on Sep 29, 2018 at 10:43:56 pm

[Kevin Olmsted] "Thanks for the recommendation. I've been referred to aescripts.com on more than one occasion for various things, but have never pulled the trigger on anything. Might have to soon.
"


For the price of these plugins compared to your time, its a no brainer :)


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