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  • Chris Biagi

    February 9, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    First post, hi!

    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.

    Thanks!

  • Walter Soyka

    February 10, 2019 at 2:41 am

    [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.

    Walter Soyka
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  • Chris Biagi

    February 14, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Ha! I must have been doing something wrong – I thought I had tried that method, but it kept putting the dragged comp inside the other comp, as a new layer. Thanks!

  • Mikael Holmström

    September 23, 2021 at 12:32 am

    This sounds great, but I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong: why it keeps putting the dragged comp inside the other comp, as a new layer? /Mikael

  • Eric Santiago

    September 23, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    Did you open the Composition Flowchart and attempt that?

    Make sure the Alt/Option-drag it to the top layer source.

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