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Playhead or Preview Time not syncing across all sub comps?

Community Beginner ,
Feb 17, 2021 Feb 17, 2021

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Doing several animations with mutiple characters layered in a main comp. Each character is in its own individual comp. I have a viewer open for the main comp and each of the individual character's comps. When I adjust the playhead in the main comp the preview time for each sub comp updates to the new playhead time. When I am working in a character's sub comp and adjust the playhead the time preivew for that character's comp updates and the time preview for the main comp updates to the new time BUT the other character's comp time preview does not update! How do you make the playhead position or preview time sync across all sub comps? It is really important to be able to adjust one character in relation to another and see how they are reading together in the main comp. 

 

I have have the Synchronize Time of All Related Items preference checked but that is not working for the subcomps. 

Is this a new problem? I don't remember this being a issue in years past. 

 

Any assistance will be appreciated. 

 

 

 

 

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Community Expert , Feb 18, 2021 Feb 18, 2021

Aha, try this: copy sub comp1 into sup comp 2 and hide it, this way all comps are related now and should synch together

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Feb 17, 2021 Feb 17, 2021

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Feb 17, 2021 Feb 17, 2021

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This usually happens if you have a duplicated comp in your main timeline and the duplicate is shifted in time, this will frustrate AE and cause a shift in synching

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Feb 18, 2021 Feb 18, 2021

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Thank you for your reply. I don't think the scenario you describe is what is causing this problem. Both character sub comps start at time 00:00 in the main timeline. If I move the playhead in either sub comp the playhead in the other sub comp gets out of sync because it does not update. Getting them to all update every time a playhead is moved is what I want to be able to get after effects to do.

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Aha, try this: copy sub comp1 into sup comp 2 and hide it, this way all comps are related now and should synch together

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Feb 18, 2021 Feb 18, 2021

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THANK YOU! that forces them to be in sync. 

 

That is crazy kludge but it works. Not sure why they wouldn't just be in sync or have a preference to make them sync or not. 

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Oct 28, 2021 Oct 28, 2021

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m a g i c!

thanks a lot, this was driving me crazy

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Dec 06, 2022 Dec 06, 2022

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You are welcome!

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