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Andrew Hoag
Duplicating Compositions in AE
on Oct 25, 2012 at 10:26:21 pm

Hey all,

Stuck on a problem that for some reason I can't seem to get my head around.

I have a folder with a composition and a sub-folder containing 6 compositions that are nested in the top level folder composition. I'd like to be able to make changes to the text elements within this folder, but duplicate the folder (up to 6 times) and have the compositions within each work independently of one another. Currently, when I duplicate the folder and makes changes within the duplicate, it updates back to the original folder compositions as well.

Anyone know how to achieve this?


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John Cuevas
Re: Duplicating Compositions in AE
on Oct 26, 2012 at 2:00:39 am

Try the True Comp Duplicator

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Andrew Hoag
Re: Duplicating Compositions in AE
on Oct 26, 2012 at 4:52:54 pm

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. True Comp Duplicator is cheap and does what I need it to - thanks.

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Walter Soyka
Re: Duplicating Compositions in AE
on Oct 26, 2012 at 4:14:57 pm

I use True Comp Duplicator, too. Great script! However, there is a free way:

Save your project.

Save as... and give it a new name (perhaps the name of the comp we're duplicating).

Select the comp you want to duplicate, then File > Reduce Project. This eliminates everything not relevant to the current comp.

Save again.

Re-open the original project.

Import the second project into the first to get an independent copy of the comp. Import as many times as you need independent copies.

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