Creative Communities of the World Forums

The peer to peer support community for media production professionals.

Forums Adobe After Effects AE “used media” indication

  • AE “used media” indication

     Walter Soyka updated 1 month ago 2 Members · 4 Posts
  • Tim Vondrell

    September 24, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    Hello. For years I’ve enjoyed the fact that Premiere Pro offers a column in the media bin that will tell me how many times in the project I’ve used a piece of footage. It’s rare that I need something like this in AE, but, is there a way? I’ve searched and searched and cannot seem to find such a feature. Again not something I’d use often, but it would have come in handy early in the week when I was building a photo montage/slide show out of way more than needed randomly named photos provided by my client. It would have been nice to see some indication of the photos I’d already used when I went back to the bin to select another. Thanks

  • Walter Soyka

    September 24, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    Having a usage column would be really nice; that’d make a great feature request.

    If you select an item in the project panel and look at its thumbnail, you’ll see its usage count next to the thumbnail:

    This is a bit of hack, but we could use a script to stuff the usage count into the comment column. (Please note this wouldn’t update live; you’d have to run the script every time you wanted to get accurate use counts.)

    // this script steps through the entire project, and puts each item's usage count in its comments column in the project panel

    // we might be overwriting some project panel comments, so let's make sure we can undo this action

    app.beginUndoGroup("Put usage in comment field");

    // how many project items have usage counts?

    var countedItems = 0;

    // step through all items in the project

    for (var i = 1; i <= app.project.numItems; i++) {

    // check to see if they're footage items or comp items

    if (app.project.item(i) instanceof FootageItem || app.project.item(i) instanceof CompItem) {

    // get the usage count for the item

    var usedInCount = app.project.item(i).usedIn.length;

    // if it's used once or more, update the comment and update the item usage counter

    if (usedInCount >= 1) {

    app.project.item(i).comment = "Used in " + usedInCount + " comp" + (usedInCount == 1 ? "" : "s") + ".";





    // write a note to the info panel about how many items we've tweaked comments on

    writeLn("Updated comments for " + countedItems + " item" + (countedItems > 1 ? "s" : "") + ".");


  • Tim Vondrell

    September 25, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    Huh. That seems so obvious I completely missed it! The first part, not the hack. Lol. unfortunately though it doesn’t seem without fault. the project I used had 2 import folders. Everything I had in the second folder confirmed the the asset had been used one time. however no such info was provided for the assets I had in Folder one. not seeing any obvious reason to explain this.

    Thanks for your help

  • Walter Soyka

    September 26, 2021 at 12:29 am

    You can import the same file into Ae multiple times, and each one will count as a separate item in the project panel.

    You can use the File > Dependencies > Consolidate All Footage command to make combine all items that refer to the same file (with the same interpret footage settings) into the same single item in the project panel.

Viewing 1 - 4 of 4 posts

Log in to reply.

We use anonymous cookies to give you the best experience we can.
Our Privacy policy | GDPR Policy