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Ross Ishikawa
How to replace multiple layers in AE
on Mar 15, 2016 at 7:28:01 pm

I have a character rig that I want to reuse in multiple comps. The layers of the character are created in Ai and imported.

I would like to be able to quickly replace the layers associated with the rig with revised layers to create other characters.

If I replace the entire rigged comp with a new comp containing the new character layers, I of course lose the rigging.

The only way I know to replace the layers while keeping their parenting, etc, is to do it individually with alt+drag. But each character has ~60 layers, so this gets cumbersome, especially if many characters are needed.

Is there a way to replace a whole group of layers while still maintaining their key framing/parenting, etc? (The layer names in Ai would be consistent across characters - i.e., "RightForearm" would always be "RightForearm")

This would allow me to have a library of animations and a library of characters which could then be quickly mixed and matched as needed.

Thank you for any ideas!

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Chris Evans
Re: How to replace multiple layers in AE
on Mar 15, 2016 at 7:32:22 pm

You could look into something like compsfromspreadsheets on AE Scripts.

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