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Chip HessNew Comp from Timeline
by on Aug 14, 2011 at 8:58:15 pm

I have a project I purchased online.
I need to create a new, simplified comp from an absurdly complicated timeline, which includes many elements I just don't need.

I want to create a comp from a portion of the work area only.
This will limit layers and, most importantly, cut my RAM preview time.


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Bill KellyRe: New Comp from Timeline
by on Aug 15, 2011 at 2:52:02 am

Duplicate your original comp and open the duplicate in the timeline. Go to the point in your timeline where you want this new comp to begin. Hit the "B" key. This sets the beginning of your work area. Go to where you want the end of this new comp to be and hit the "N" key. This sets the end of your work area. (You may already know this, but I'm saying it just in case)

Now, up in the bar on top click "Composition", then choose "Trim Comp To Work Area". That should do it. I think you can also right click in the timeline comp and select it that way also.

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Chip HessRe: New Comp from Timeline
by on Aug 15, 2011 at 3:08:48 pm

... and that's what I ended up doing.

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Stefan HinzeRe: New Comp from Timeline
by on Aug 15, 2011 at 6:10:11 pm


in the projekt window, select the comp, CMD+D to dublicate it, oben it, delete all the stuff you donĀ“t need, set timeline duration as needed, then klick on COMPOSITION in the menu, set comp to workarea.


(take a step back, to see the bigger picture)

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