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  • Dynamic Links between two AE projects

     Peter Chicarielli updated 1 week ago 2 Members · 5 Posts
  • Peter Chicarielli

    April 29, 2021 at 10:07 pm


    I have an AE project that I’d like to import into a different AE project. Is there any sort of dynamic link that would allow me to edit the imported file and have it update? Similar to how you can edit .psd files in Illustrator, and it gets updated instantly. I don’t believe you can have two AE projects opened simultaneously, so maybe this is not possible.

    Hopefully this made sense and someone can offer a solution/work-around.

    Thank you!


  • Walter Soyka

    April 29, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    No, you can’t do a dynamic link from one AEP to another.

    You can import one AEP into another, but it creates a copy instead of a reference within the new project. You could change the original and the changes would not sync to your imported project.

    Can you describe what you’re trying to accomplish? Maybe there’s another workflow we could suggest.

  • Peter Chicarielli

    April 29, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Hey Walter,

    Thanks for the quick response.

    I have an intro sequence that I’ll be using for multiple projects. A series of interviews in which only a few layers change in the intro animation (name, image). Ideally I wanted it separate, in order to keep a master file and keep the files as simple as possible, but it sounds like I’ll need to include the intro files into each individual project.\

  • Walter Soyka

    April 30, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    Maybe check out the Essential Graphics workflow? This will let you build a comp in After Effects that exposes parameters that can be changed in Premiere (or in After Effects). That means you can use the one comp over and over, passing it different parameters, with the ability to push changes up-stream and/or down-stream.

    Here’s some reading on the topic:

  • Peter Chicarielli

    April 30, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    Thanks Walter! I’ll check these resources out.

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