I have a project that is the result of importing several similar AE projects into one master project. There are a ton of redundant assets in these imported projects, and they were not very well structured by the original creator; as a result I have 20+ identical instances of “Comp A” in the project. These precomps are subsequently used in many other compositions. Each iteration of “Comp A” is used in a few different parent compositions.
I would like to consolidate this so there is only a single “Comp A” source used in all of the parent compositions mentioned above. I’m aware of the technique of alt / option dragging the replacement “Comp B” onto a “Comp A” layer within a sequence. However this technique requires me to do the replacement for *every* of the dozens of places “Comp A” is used across the entire project.
Question: Is there a way to replace ALL of the “Comp A” instances with “Comp B” within the project window? I basically want the same effect as “replace footage,” but I’m not sure how to do this with precomps.
[Chris Biagi]“Question: Is there a way to replace ALL of the “Comp A” instances with “Comp B” within the project window? I basically want the same effect as “replace footage,” but I’m not sure how to do this with precomps.”
Yes! It works just like Alt-dragging to replace footage. Hold down the Alt key, then drag the Comp B project item on the Comp A project item.