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  • how to EXPORT a composition as a standalone file ???

    Posted by Frank-edouard Wozniak on March 3, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    hello !

    my name is few and i am a graphist in paris, france

    i work on a large ae project (+3500 files, 2,5 minutes long to open on my mac pro)

    mates, how can i export a whole animated composition (including all associated files) as a standalone ae file ?

    like .aec or .aez or something else 😉

    my goal is to start from scratch a project and to import selected animated comps only

    by the way, the fact that ae cs3 can’t open several project files is just prehistoric

    i don’t want to render or export… i want to get my comps in my folder and restart with a lighter project !

    i tried everything and the dead line is yesterday…

    so pixels brothers… help me !!


    Matthias Stoll replied 4 years, 2 months ago 11 Members · 13 Replies
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  • Frank-edouard Wozniak

    March 3, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    no kidding ?

    no way to export a comp ??


    i got 450+ comps on a my project and i now i need to check every single !! with all the surprises (child, parents, etc… lost precomp… )

    no way to put that ability on ae CS4 ? please…

    ‘cos that little thing is missing on my ae CS3

    merci beaucoup quand-même dave 😉

  • Frank-edouard Wozniak

    March 3, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    ok i will try to be more clear dave…

    i got only one ae project (indexed by episode of the 15 mini-films i work on)

    but this project file (the 05) is huge,

    it’s a 231 Mo ae file with multilinked graphic files (ai, psd) etc..

    so it is too long now to open, save… etc…

    how can i export a comp (or several) with all the footages linked…

    an import it in another ae lightweight project ?

    cos i need that to be more efficient…

    how can i do the trick ?



  • John Mullan

    May 7, 2009 at 12:40 am

    If you are looking to shrink a composition down to one file (which I think is what you are after) highlight all the files in timeline, then hold Ctrl+Shift+C.

    hope thst helps you,


  • Doog Vandi

    March 23, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    I know this is a little too late, but a note for others who follow. Two ways:

    1) Save a copy, select the highest level Comp you want in Project window and then, File > Dependencies > Reduce Project.

    2) Get this script:

  • Michal Fíbek

    November 26, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    I’ve found another great approach to save only selected comp(s) – use the Collect Files function

  • Eli Lesh

    April 16, 2015 at 8:09 am

    here is a script that does it:

    var orgFIleUrl = app.project.file;

    var comp = app.project.activeItem;
    if ((orgFIleUrl != null) && (comp!=null))
    var rootfolder = orgFIleUrl.toString ().substr (0, orgFIleUrl.toString ().lastIndexOf ('/'));
    var comp = app.project.activeItem;
    app.project.reduceProject(comp) ;

    var save_file = new File(rootfolder + "//" + +".aep");

    new_project =;

    var my_file = new File(orgFIleUrl);
    new_project =;
    if (new_project){

    }else alert('nada');

    open it in the script editor,
    select the comp that you want to export in the project tree
    and run the script in the editor,
    it will save the comp in the same folder as the project

    i don’t think it is fair to charge money for a ten line script…

  • Chadi El refaei

    June 10, 2015 at 12:39 am

    Just wanted to say thank you so much for posting this script, i had the same problem project file was almost 250 mb, kept crashingafter effects had no idea where to start, just got done cleaning everything up to around 25 seperate project files 🙂

  • Clyde Desouza

    February 16, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    Logged in to express my thanks too.
    The script did exactly what was needed.
    I can’t believe AE doesn’t have this functionality built in.
    Best Regards.

    Clyde DeSouza
    twitter: @cly3d
    Author: THINK in 3D: Food For Thought for Directors and Cinematographers.

    now available on Amazon:

  • Sean Lattrell

    September 16, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Thanks for the script!

    mighty kind of ya

  • Anna Ciszek

    December 2, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Same here, logged in just to say THANK YOU for your script! It saved me hours of precious time! 🙂

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