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Blahtor Magnus
Duplicate a pre-comp and make it independant?
on Feb 19, 2009 at 12:31:23 am

If you duplicate a pre-comp, you can't change things in the new pre-comp without changing them in the mother pre-comp as well.
I guess they become two clones of the same parent comp or something...

In my case I want to be able to change colors of solids in the duplicated pre-comp, without changing them in the original pre-comp.

Is there a way to do this?


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Filip Vandueren
Re: Duplicate a pre-comp and make it independant?
on Feb 19, 2009 at 12:59:23 am

Nope, not possible

just duplicate the precomp in the project window first, and use that second precomp as the source of the other layer.

Or, depending on your setup, you can maybe just add a filter that would colorize , or hue-shift the colors on the different instances of the same precomp ?



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Jon Geddes
Re: Duplicate a pre-comp and make it independant?
on Feb 19, 2009 at 6:04:44 am

If you've already done a lot of work to your precomp in your main composition, then you probably want to do this:

1. Select the precomp in the timeline, press Ctrl + D to duplicate it

2. Select the precomp in the project panel, press Ctrl + C then Ctrl + V

3. Make sure your duplicated precomp is selected in the timeline, then select the newly created precomp in the project panel and drag (then hold down ALT) and drop it on the duplicated precomp in the timeline. You can then release the ALT key after you release the mouse.

4. Your duplicated precomp has been replaced with a copy of the original precomp, and can now be modified without effecting the original.

It might take a long time to explain, but it takes maybe 3 seconds to accomplish. The button commands I gave you are for the PC, if you are using a Mac, you will have to use the mac equivalent of the Ctrl key.



Jon Geddes
Motion Graphics Designer
http://www.precomposed.com


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Blahtor Magnus
Re: Duplicate a pre-comp and make it independant?
on Feb 19, 2009 at 5:13:40 pm

I got it, thanks!



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Dennis Jay
Re: Duplicate a pre-comp and make it independant?
on Feb 23, 2009 at 2:37:13 pm

Did not work for me.. :( i did it exactly like you said.. but it still just made a copy and if i change Text in one.. it also changes it in the other comp.. sad :(



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Remus Hosu
Re: Duplicate a pre-comp and make it independant?
on Aug 26, 2017 at 5:47:21 pm

You need to duplicate the comp in the Project Panel and also duplicate it in the comp panel. Next, with both layers selected, press "Ctrl+Alt+/" or "Command+Option+/" on macs to replace it. The only caveat is that if your precomp has precomps of it's own inside, you will need to duplicate those as well using the same technique. Here's exactly how to do it step by step:

https://bluefx.net/how-to-duplicate-composition-in-after-effects-correctly

and if you really want to automate the process, there's a very cool AE script you can use, True Comp Duplicator:

http://aescripts.com/true-comp-duplicator/


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matthew johnson
Re: Duplicate a pre-comp and make it independant?
on Aug 5, 2012 at 8:48:59 pm

ive been all over the place looking for this solution...IT WORK PERFECTLY!!!


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Nikola Tomic
Re: Duplicate a pre-comp and make it independant?
on Apr 22, 2013 at 7:46:41 pm

Thank you very very much! The key movement is - Alt + click. Without that it won`t create duplicate. Very well explained. Now I am going to write this down somewhere :)


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Goran Milovanovic
Re: Duplicate a pre-comp and make it independant?
on Aug 26, 2017 at 7:15:54 am

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David Wowchuk
Re: Duplicate a pre-comp and make it independant?
on Jun 23, 2016 at 3:20:41 pm

Holy crap! Thanks so much Jon for sharing that tip, it really came in handy today.

Dave



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Nick Hasselblad
Re: Duplicate a pre-comp and make it independant?
on Aug 9, 2017 at 5:36:07 pm

Thanks - - your answer still applicable and greatly appreciated here in 2017.


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Peter Gara
Re: Duplicate a pre-comp and make it independant?
on May 26, 2018 at 9:06:12 am

Thanks!


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Mario Scotto
Re: Duplicate a pre-comp and make it independant?
on Nov 1, 2015 at 8:41:40 pm

Yes, Duplicate it inside the Source window instead of the Timeline.

Example: http://i.imgur.com/ls2PXT4.png


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Ward Reb
Re: Duplicate a pre-comp and make it independant?
on Sep 28, 2016 at 1:55:56 pm

Thanks Mario! I kept trying to duplicate in the Timeline and of course it didn't work.


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Linus Chen
Re: Duplicate a pre-comp and make it independant?
on Oct 24, 2016 at 4:39:03 pm

If you have a precomp(B) inside the precomp(A) then you need to do the movement to (A) and (B)
means if there are five precomps inside a composition you have do six times of the movement.


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Cosima Niehaus
Re: Duplicate a pre-comp and make it independant?
on Apr 12, 2018 at 1:19:04 pm

Easy:

1- Create a new folder and insert all the compositions that you need to duplicate in it.
2- Duplicate the folder
3- Rename all the compositions inside the duplicated folder.

:)


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Michael Kurz
Re: Duplicate a pre-comp and make it independant?
on Jun 26, 2018 at 11:43:39 pm

Cosima,

I think your process only duplicates everything in the project folder. It does not replace nested precomps with the new duplicated versions, i.e. the duplicated parent comp still contains the original precomp rather than the duplicated precomp (even though there is a duplicated precomp in the project folder). Anyone know an easier way than duplicating everything and then swapping out every precomp [tedious]?

Thanks,

http://www.freelancebymichael.com


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Aindreas Gallagher
Re: Duplicate a pre-comp and make it independant?
on Jun 27, 2018 at 10:20:24 am

True Comp Duplicator - better than the entire Boris FX suite imo. Really simple life changer.

Particularly if say you're adapting a complex existing project - just true comp duplicate the master comp and hey presto - you've got a safe second version to mess around with.

https://vimeo.com/user1590967
producer/editor.grading/motion graphics


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