[Steve Clark]"...can the project panel be too full in After Effects? "
I've been working with AE since version 3, and I've never, EVER heard of nor experienced such a thing. But there could be something else going on when you split up the project: did you have to do some prerendering to get certain things from one project to another?
Prerendering solves a lot of issues.
Okay, so technically it wouldn't have been prerendering -- you would have been rendering out comps in one project, and using the rendered files in another project. But by doing so, you would have eliminated a LOT of the heavy lifting AE had to do when it was one big, massive project.
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