Recently my after effects has been automatically creating new compositions every time I import footage into a project. This becomes very annoying as I'm always importing lots of footage and always manually deleting the new comps after effects is making for each piece of footage. I've looked through the preferences, but there doesn't seem to be an option that controls this. This wasn't happening when I first starting using this version so I think I must've changed some setting but dont know how to change it back. Any idea how I can stop after effects from automatically creating new comp when I import footage?
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What version of AE? What is the exact process you're taking to import files? What format/codec is the footage you're importing?
After Effects CC 2018. Im simply right-clicking in the project tab and importing through there. Mainly importing mp4 and mp3 but this happens with all the types of format, jpeg as well.
Are you getting the new Comps when importing a layered Photoshop document as a Composition? If so, that's normal and should be left as is.
Try reset the preferences:
Resetting the preferences worked!
Thank you so much
The command wasn't working for me so I ended up renaming the after effects folder in appdata>roaming>adobe and opened up after effects to create a new folder.
Resetting the preferences worked for me as well
This issue cropped up again for my after a while using After Effects CC 2020.
Resetting the preferences file is a real pain for me, as I lost connectivity to a number of plugins.
Here is how to fix the problem without having to reset preferences:
Import an asset and in the dialog box that opens make sure that "CREATE COMPOSITION" under "IMPORT OPTIONS is UNCHECKED.
Thank you. This is the answer I was looking for. I always import so fast so I don't see it.
Thanks, bro. it's easy and no loss of plugins...
Can someone help? I don't want to reset my preferences. Is there any other way to fix this other than resetting? Also, I tried someone mentioned in the comments that a pop up window would open as I import something, but nothing opened for me.
Resetting preferences is not an option for me, can someone please share the solution to this annoying situation?
On the import dialog box you have active the option to create automatically the composition when importing files. Deactivate it.
Unfortunately such dialog box shows up only at first time, then there is no way to step back. In my case I had the option enabled accidentally, and now I can't find a way to get the dialog box back.
Every time you use the Import command, you will have the option to create the. composition. Check attached image.
I just found out that the problem is this little checking box at the browser. It has to be unselected, otherwise it becomes redundant with the next dialog box (footage or composition) and creates two precomps, very annoying indeed.