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john isaacksDuplicate comp and make changes only to copy
by on Feb 23, 2011 at 10:02:06 pm

In my main composition I have an animation composition, that contains a photo_fall composition, that contains a photo comp.

So its main->animation->photo_fall->photo

The photo comp contains a photo and some other elements.
The photo_fall comp is an animation of the photo comp falling
the animation comp is the photo_comp with some text transitioning in and out.

I want to have several of these animation each with different text and different photo.

If I duplicate the animation composition it still has the same photo_fall inside it, so if I make a change to photo_fall, I change the original as well. So I guess I want a duplicate where every composition within it is also a duplicate.

I hope I am explaining well what I am trying to do. What is an easy and efficient way to achieve this?

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Kevin CampRe: Duplicate comp and make changes only to copy
by on Feb 23, 2011 at 10:21:26 pm

there is a script called true com duplicator what i think you want:

alternately, you can select the 'animation' comp in the project window and choose file>reduce project (make sure you first save your current project), then save it as a new project (maybe 'animation proj').

then you could import that animation proj back into the main project every time you need to duplicate it. it will bring in all the pieces and that should allow you to change portions/elements and the add it to the main comp.

Kevin Camp
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john isaacksRe: Duplicate comp and make changes only to copy
by on Feb 24, 2011 at 3:14:31 pm

Kevin, thank you the reduce project idea worked for me.

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Angie TaylorRe: Duplicate comp and make changes only to copy
by on Feb 24, 2011 at 9:00:50 am

Hi there,

If you duplicate the comp in the Timeline, each instance will be identical and any changes to it will reflect in each copy. However, if you duplicate the Composition in the Project panel instead you will create a unique comp and any changes to it will only affect it, and not the other copies.

hope this helps,



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