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Community Beginner ,
Nov 23, 2010 Nov 23, 2010

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how can i duplicate a composition and change its properties without effecting the first one properties?

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Guide ,
Nov 23, 2010 Nov 23, 2010

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In Windows Project Panel click on the composition you wish to duplicate and hit <Ctrl D>,  Rename the composition.

It is completely autonomous from the first.

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 23, 2010 Nov 23, 2010

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I'm sorry but this is not working... if you understand

what i meant

the problem is when i set up a composition (adding effects, text, images...) and i duplicate it...  the changes that i make in the last composition effects all the copies.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 23, 2010 Nov 23, 2010

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Duplicate the compositing in the project panel, NOT the timeline.

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Nov 23, 2010 Nov 23, 2010

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A copy of your composition is completely independent. If your comp contains precomps, make sure that you duplicate the precomps, too.

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 23, 2010 Nov 23, 2010

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well... i am working now on after effect and i have

traid all that but unfortunately none of them works.

I will do it the hard way... thanks folks

by the way you can open the after effect application and try that.. then see what u will get

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Guide ,
Nov 23, 2010 Nov 23, 2010

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WHAT!  You're not telling me that you're trying to do this OUTSIDE After Effects are you?  Are you trying to duplicate the AEP file in Windows Explorer?

You have to open the After Effects application and duplicate a composition from within the AE Project Panel.

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 23, 2010 Nov 23, 2010

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come on for god sake i'm not

stupied to do

that ...

hello i'm working within after effect but all that ways to duplicate the copmoistion INSIDE AFTER EFFECT are useless.

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Participant ,
Nov 23, 2010 Nov 23, 2010

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Either you don't understand the answer or you are unable to describe your problem precisely.

Let's start with a minimal example.

1) Create a composition "comp A", add a solid in it and duplicate the composition by selecting it in the project panel and clicking ctrl-d.

2) Rename the duplicate in "comp B"

3) change the position of the solid in comp B to another position

After you performed the steps, is the position of the solid in comp A also moved?

If not, what's your problem then?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 23, 2010 Nov 23, 2010

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You must be duplicating in the timeline. Duplicating in the Project panel creates a new independent composition that can be edited. If the original composition contains pre-comps then the pre-comps will not be changed.

IOW, if you have a text layer that says "Hello World" in a composition called Comp 1 and you pre-compose that text layer, then you duplicate Comp 1 in Project panel you'll end up with a new composition called Comp 2. If you then open up Comp 2 in the timeline and edit the pre-composed text layer to say "Good Bye" Comp 1 will now say "Good Bye" because you're using the same pre-comp for both Comp 1 and Comp 2. You will have to duplicate the pre-comps, change the text in one of them, then replace the footage in either Comp 1 or Comp 2.

There is no way that this technique will not work.

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Nov 23, 2010 Nov 23, 2010

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Thank you very much that was very helpful

Now my problem has been solved. the last solution worked

thanks again...

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New Here ,
Oct 11, 2012 Oct 11, 2012

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AF requires duplication of the composition like in Flash ( duplicate MovieClip in stage - timeline AND MAKE IT UNIQE ) !!!  please DO IT IN CS 6.5! 😘

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Guide ,
Oct 11, 2012 Oct 11, 2012

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Wow, a latecomer to the party.  We all went home a long time ago ;^)

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Advocate ,
Oct 11, 2012 Oct 11, 2012

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You can file a feature request here: http://www.adobe.com/go/wish . More on how to give feedback: http://bit.ly/93d6NF

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New Here ,
Nov 04, 2014 Nov 04, 2014

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try importing the project to the project panel, then find the comp inside it and use it

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New Here ,
Jan 21, 2015 Jan 21, 2015

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Just Download ... "True Comp Duplicator" and u r done...

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Engaged ,
Sep 27, 2015 Sep 27, 2015

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This is ridiculous. How is this expected behaviour? Companies make mistakes, but how can something this dumb fall through the cracks version after version? Adobe can be so user hostile, triumphing systems and rules over usability.

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