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Mohamed KamelComposition automatic renaming
by on Dec 14, 2009 at 5:37:56 am

Hi guys,

I never had this problem before, i have 290 shots imported into AE and their naming conventions is as follows:

Shotname_vfx_001

Shotname_vfx_002

Shotname_vfx_003

Etc..

When i drag the shot to a new comp, it automatically renames it to "Shotname_vfx_291" when it is supposed to be "Shotname_vfx_001"

obviously it is renaming the shot with the first number after my last shot's name.

so..anyway around that?

Thanks


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Erik WaluskaRe: Composition automatic renaming
by on Dec 14, 2009 at 4:58:44 pm

I assume you mean that you are dragging footage in the project window to the "Create a new Composition" icon at the bottom of the window. When you do this AE will assign the new comp the same name as the footage. It will only increment the comp names as you described if a comp with the original footage name already exists in your project.

-E


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Mohamed KamelRe: Composition automatic renaming
by on Dec 14, 2009 at 6:35:23 pm

hi

no i dont have any other compositions.


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Erik WaluskaRe: Composition automatic renaming
by on Dec 14, 2009 at 6:56:10 pm

Try starting a new project and see if you still have the problem. If the new project does not have the problem then there must be something in the original project that is causing the issue. Maybe comps in a folder you missed or something.

I have done this many times and even double-checked that it works like I described above before posting so I'm pretty sure there's something going on with your original project that you may be missing.

-E


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Mohamed KamelRe: Composition automatic renaming
by on Dec 14, 2009 at 7:52:58 pm

I opened a new project and imported only 2 shots :

Shot_vfx_001
Shot_vfx_002

When i drag Shot_vfx_001 to make a new comp, its then called Shot_vfx_003

so i deleted the numbers and tried again, so now the name is Shot_vfx and then dragged that to make a new comp and guess what the comp name is identical to the shot name.

Weird! maybe it has to do with this specific naming convention


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Erik WaluskaRe: Composition automatic renaming
by on Dec 14, 2009 at 9:19:06 pm

I don't know what to tell you. I tried it using the name Shot_vfx_001 and it worked fine. The only thing I can think of is that there might be some erroneous info lingering in your cache somewhere making AE think those comps already exist.

Try Edit>Purge All and also "Clean Database & Cache" in Preferences>Memory & Cache. Then restart AE and see if it fixes it.

What version of AE are you running?

-E


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Mohamed KamelRe: Composition automatic renaming
by on Dec 15, 2009 at 8:46:29 am

Hi Erik,

I tried purging and clearing the cache, and still the same.

I imported shot_vfx_083 & 092 and it worked as expected

but when i imported 001 to 003, dragged 001 to a new comp and it was named 004

(: so i guess it will remain a myth.

Thanks for the help though.

CS4


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