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Anders Hattne
Project window, reduce duplicate instances of file
on Aug 10, 2011 at 9:51:55 am

I´ve been copying cuts of one video from premiere to After effects, and now I have 3 instances of the same video in the project window. One is used once, the other 22 times and the last 14 times.
I'd like to bunch them all togehter so I only have one instance used 37 times.
Is there a way of doing this?

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David Johnson
Re: Project window, reduce duplicate instances of file
on Aug 10, 2011 at 11:58:41 am

Figure out which instance of the footage is already used the most times by right clicking each and looking at the "reveal in comp" count. Then, select all the layers in each comp that use the other instances of the footage and hold the ALT key while you drag the instance that you want to keep over them to replace them. If you don't understand what I described, look in the AE help for "replace layer".


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Anders Hattne
Re: Project window, reduce duplicate instances of file
on Aug 10, 2011 at 8:10:09 pm

Thanks for the reply,
that's what I ended up doing but when there are several instances and layers and comps and precomps it becomes quite.. cumbersome.
I guess a script would be the answer..

If you don't do this kind of clean up you'll end up having X copies of the footage when you do a collect files..
Not a big deal, but if there is an automated way of doing this, I'd like to know!

A

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David Johnson
Re: Project window, reduce duplicate instances of file
on Aug 10, 2011 at 9:24:16 pm

There's a script out there for just about everything now, but I still consider the best and simplest way to be prevention, rather than solution ... only bring each clip into AE once and use the same instance of it in every AE comp..


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Anders Hattne
Re: Project window, reduce duplicate instances of file
on Aug 15, 2012 at 10:24:41 am

Thanks to a tutorial on Creative COW I just found the solution to this problem ( I think!)

under File> Consolidate All Footage

and it reduced all instances of the same file to one!

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