After Effects - Import “Project A” into “Project B” - Globally saved changes between projects

Community Beginner ,
Sep 15, 2022 Sep 15, 2022

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If I import “Project A” into a “Project B”, then make changes to compositions in “Project B”, will it ever make changes to the original compositions in “Project A” that they were copied from?

 

I don’t want this to happen. I’m just checking that it is not a possibility that it could happen as it would destroy the original “Project A” essentially.

 

So are the new project / composition files in “Project B” standalone / unlinked?

 

I realise any shared footage or assets would share any chagnes made to them.

 

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Community Expert , Sep 15, 2022 Sep 15, 2022

Projects do not talk to each other. They are all unique. You don't have to worry about an imported project being anything buy comps and linked footage. 

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Community Expert , Sep 15, 2022 Sep 15, 2022

As far as AE is concerned, the files are not consolidated or as per your language are "unlinked". That is kind of the point. Once a project is imported into another project it becomes part of its native structure, not just a reference to the external project going so far as AE importing assets fresh even if they are the same and creating separate links in the project panel for them. Any consolidation has to be initiated manually by the user using File --> Dependencies and the relevant functions

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Projects do not talk to each other. They are all unique. You don't have to worry about an imported project being anything buy comps and linked footage. 

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As far as AE is concerned, the files are not consolidated or as per your language are "unlinked". That is kind of the point. Once a project is imported into another project it becomes part of its native structure, not just a reference to the external project going so far as AE importing assets fresh even if they are the same and creating separate links in the project panel for them. Any consolidation has to be initiated manually by the user using File --> Dependencies and the relevant functions there. Or in other words: Any changes you make to your compositions after the import will not be propagated back to the original project. That notwithstanding of course it's always a good idea to have backups and safety copies somewhere.

 

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Thanks both

 

That’s as I suspected and a relief to hear. I also wondered there was some obscure setting or button that may effect this that I don’t know about, so that is good to hear. Yes, noted, on the backups 🙂

 

Many thanks

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