I have been working on an animation project for multiple years now using Character Animator.
As great as it would be to update to the latest, I cannot. The updates seem to change the ways the rigs work a little and years' worth of scenes get a bit whacky.
I had tried updating to the latest Character Animator, AE and PR however, encoutering these problems forced me to go through a lot of downgrading of projects to salvage the project and go back to CH 3.1 and the newest versions of AE and PR that will still talk and dynamic link with 3.1, without issues are earlier 2020 versions.
The new AE 'Composition Profiler' looks amazing. I would love to be able to use it given dynamic linking CH comps can get quite resource heavy. I imagine this could improve my work flow 10 fold.
Is there anyway I can keep using CH 3.1, but update to latest AE and PR and still have the dynamic links work? I don't mind using a work around for now, just until I finish this big project.
Thanks in advance.
Sorry, Dynamic Link only works between apps of the same "CC year". (And the Beta apps are also separate.) They intentionally avoid talking to older/newer apps to avoid bugs caused by protocol changes.
That said, you can still interoperate with these versions by using a file export format from Ch (like MP4 or PNG/WAV) and import that into AE/PPro. Of course you lose the live-update features of DL, so it's not the same. On the upside, for long scenes you'll probably see a signifiant performance boost.
Thank you for your reply.
The dynamic linking is quite important for my pipeline, however I may try exporting individual scenes and overwriting with each change. I do like idea of a performance boost, it would just come down to if they extra process outweighs the benefit or not.