I have a motion graphics project that I'm needing to send off to the client in which he only needs the project files, not a rendered Quicktime clip. The client doesn't have the effect plugins that I'm using, and I'm wondering if it's possible to "flatten" the effects to a layer like you can do in Adobe Photoshop with the Flatten layer command?
Depends what effects you are using - some effects react to the composition (other layers, camera move and so on). You may not get the desired final look if you render just those layers- which is the only way you can do this in AE.
There really isn't any really neat & tidy way to handle such a situation. If sending the project file only is an absolute must, you either need to re-work it to eliminate the necessity for your third-party plugins, or the client has to buy them on his/her end.
If neither can be done, you'll have no choice but to prerender those things that use your plugins.
It's just not easy to do, I'm afraid.
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