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David Cabestany
Script for turning layers to guide layers directly from the project panel
on Oct 16, 2013 at 7:48:25 pm

I have this piece of footage that I'm using 60 times across many compositions. For my final render I need to turn each layer where it;s used into a guide layer, does anyone know of a script that will let me do that by selecting the footage in the project panel instead of having to go comp by comp?

Thanks.


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Walter Soyka
Re: Script for turning layers to guide layers directly from the project panel
on Oct 16, 2013 at 8:20:50 pm

I don't know of a script off-hand, but I'd just cheat. Maybe create a totally transparent PNG or PSD file, and then use the replace footage command? Don't forget to "Save As" or "Save Incremental" before proceeding...

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Roland R. Kahlenberg
Re: Script for turning layers to guide layers directly from the project panel
on Oct 17, 2013 at 2:38:50 am

Excellent solution Walter. The only thing I'd do different is to use an empty Comp instead of the PSD/PNG.

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David Cabestany
Re: Script for turning layers to guide layers directly from the project panel
on Oct 17, 2013 at 3:07:33 pm

Thanks guys, both solutions work great as final steps, but knowing the clients, I still need to go back and forth and tweak the animations using the original layer as reference, so I guess I will have to re-replace it again each time, it still beats doing it manually, nonetheless.

Thanks for the idea, it's a good one.


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Walter Soyka
Re: Script for turning layers to guide layers directly from the project panel
on Oct 17, 2013 at 3:13:37 pm

[David Cabestany] ", I still need to go back and forth and tweak the animations using the original layer as reference, so I guess I will have to re-replace it again each time, it still beats doing it manually, nonetheless."

You could use a transparent image as proxy so you could toggle it on or off, or like Roland suggested, you could right-click the footage item in the project panel, and choose "Replace with Precomp." Then you can open up that new precomp and enable/disable visibility of the footage layer inside to globally affect all instances.

Walter Soyka
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David Cabestany
Re: Script for turning layers to guide layers directly from the project panel
on Oct 17, 2013 at 3:18:06 pm

I think Roland's solution works better, having a proxy is good only if that's the only one on your project, if you have more then you have to turn them off for final render, as far as I know you can't leave some proxies on and some off in one project.

But again, this was very helpful, I really appreciate that you guys took the time to look into it.
Best,
D.


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Walter Soyka
Re: Script for turning layers to guide layers directly from the project panel
on Oct 17, 2013 at 3:40:41 pm

[David Cabestany] "I think Roland's solution works better"

I think so, too.


[David Cabestany] "having a proxy is good only if that's the only one on your project, if you have more then you have to turn them off for final render, as far as I know you can't leave some proxies on and some off in one project."

In the render queue, open Render Settings and set Proxy Use to "Current Settings."

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