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Peter CutlerLengthening pre-composed layers easily
by on Aug 22, 2011 at 5:41:33 pm

Hi everyone,

I'm getting started with my after effects work these days and was wondering about a way to speed up my workflow.

I find that frequently I'm dealing with multiple precomposed layers, each, sometimes, containing precomposed layers within them, and maybe further down getting into multiple nested levels of precomps. Frequently I'll be forced to lengthen those layers: I present something to a client, and what began as a 30s spot turns into a 1m 30s spot because they realize they have more they want to include/present. When that happens, I find I have to spend an hour just expanding the necessary layers, going into all of the nested precomps and repeating, repeating, and so on.

So my question is, is there an expression or script I can apply to work around this issue? Something simpler? What am I missing here? How do people manage this on high budget pieces that are even more complex? Thanks very much for the input.

-Peter


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ben g ungurenRe: Lengthening pre-composed layers easily
by on Aug 22, 2011 at 7:06:08 pm

Hi Peter
There are some scripts out there that will do what you're talking about. A quick search brought me to this one:
http://aescripts.com/rd_compsetter/
I imagine there are more out there if that doesn't fit your needs. Good luck!

Ben Unguren
Motion Graphics & Editing
http://www.mostlydocumentary.com


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Peter CutlerRe: Lengthening pre-composed layers easily
by on Aug 22, 2011 at 7:10:05 pm

Thanks, Ben. I'll have to check out this one and the others that are similar. Do you have any personal experience with any of them? How do you handle the issue? Or do you find the manual route is easier than dealing with the scripts?


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Angie TaylorRe: Lengthening pre-composed layers easily
by on Aug 23, 2011 at 9:14:36 am

Here are a few scripts that may help you;

http://aescripts.com/tag/pre-compose/

http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/trim_compose_script/

Hope this helps! :-)

cheers,

Angie

Angie Taylor animation & illustration for television, film, web and devices

http://www.angietaylor.co.uk
Twitter: theangietaylor
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Angie TaylorRe: Lengthening pre-composed layers easily
by on Aug 23, 2011 at 9:14:43 am

Here are a few scripts that may help you;

http://aescripts.com/tag/pre-compose/

http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/trim_compose_script/

Hope this helps! :-)

cheers,

Angie

Angie Taylor animation & illustration for television, film, web and devices

http://www.angietaylor.co.uk
Twitter: theangietaylor
Linkedin: theangietaylor
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Angie-Taylor/118378194869002



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