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Bernd Rottenbuchinstance objects in ae?
by on Mar 25, 2015 at 2:19:13 pm


as the title already suggests, I wonder if thereĀ“s something like instancing an object in after effects. For example if I import a vector graphic, animate it and then want to change the graphic again without loading the graphic in and do all my animation again. Thanks

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Dave LaRondeRe: instance objects in ae?
by on Mar 25, 2015 at 3:40:55 pm
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Mar 25, 2015 at 3:52:48 pm

You can copy-paste layers from composition to composition within the same project. Keyframes and effects applied to the layers will also copy-paste with the layer. Parenting relationships will be broken. Expression evaluations may also be broken.

In a different project, you can import the project that has the layer in question, and then you can copy-paste it into another composition.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
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Walter SoykaRe: instance objects in ae?
by on Mar 25, 2015 at 3:41:26 pm

Four options for different scenarios:

1) Duplicate the layer, then replace its source. Select the layer which you wish to replace in the timeline, then hold down Alt while dragging an item from the project panel onto the the layer(s) in the timeline.

2) Parent a new layer to the old one. Hold Shift while dragging the layer's pickwhip from the new layer (the child) to the old layer (the parent). The child layer will move to the position of the parent (because of the shift key) and will follow along with all transforms (because of parenting).

3) Link the properties you wish to mimic from one layer to another. Select the master properties and choose Edit > Copy with Property Links. Select the follower layer and paste.

4) Save your modified/animated properties with an animation preset. Select these properties from your main layer, then choose Animation > Save Animation Preset... which will allow you to store these a portable FFX file. Select the follower layer, then Animation > Apply Animation Preset... and choose the FFX file you just saved.

Walter Soyka
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