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iluzie says

Hey im trying to create more place holders but when i duplicate a placeholder I try and edit one but both get changed how do I unlink the Duplicated placeholder? Thank you soo much!

Like dorde says myabe you can use true comp duplicator it’s the easiest way if you want to do it yourself.

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cyprusx says


Hey im trying to create more place holders but when i duplicate a placeholder I try and edit one but both get changed how do I unlink the Duplicated placeholder? Thank you soo much!
Like dorde says myabe you can use true comp duplicator it’s the easiest way if you want to do it yourself.

Really I need to buy that? I was told it was simple to add placeholders, is their a way you can do it in after effects? plz help me

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GhosTeam says



Hey im trying to create more place holders but when i duplicate a placeholder I try and edit one but both get changed how do I unlink the Duplicated placeholder? Thank you soo much!
Like dorde says myabe you can use true comp duplicator it’s the easiest way if you want to do it yourself.
Really I need to buy that? I was told it was simple to add placeholders, is their a way you can do it in after effects? plz help me

Basically, you need to locate all the pre-comps inside one placeholder: the original comps that together build the placeholder – and duplicate them.
If some of those pre-comps have more compositions inside them, duplicate them as well.

Then, duplicate the placeholder itself and open the new one.
Now you need to switch between the pre-comps that inside the placeholder- from the original ones to the duplicated ones you made before.
Click on the original pre-comp inside the placeholder, hold Alt key, and drag (with left mouse button) the new pre-comp from the project bin ON the old one. They should switch.
Do the same for the rest of the pre-comps in the placeholder with the same method.
Then update the new pre-comps with your desired content…it should work.

Hope my explanation is clear…good luck!



p.s
For everybody else: how easier would duplicating stuff like this would be if After Effects had a node-based system…?? ADOBE comeon!

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3dbacks says

whenever you copy/paste you must change names, if you copy something, add your new video, on this new Composition, this new video will be same like in Composition that you copy/paste…


Hey im trying to create more place holders but when i duplicate a placeholder I try and edit one but both get changed how do I unlink the Duplicated placeholder? Thank you soo much!
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5p1r17 says

The best and easiest way will be to import template .aep file inside itself… Then move all placeholders(from imported .aep folder) inside original main composition

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InlifeThrill says

True comp duplicator could be free if you want it to be (boo!). It is the quickest, easiest and “safest” way to duplicate complex compositions. It was created to do exactly that. This one is a no-brainer.

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danieljoy says

Why not use Video editing software? (render into pieces then join videos in single new file) If you are good video editor you can make it looks awesome ;)

I agree with you i’ve had the same problem, but in the end i had to do it in pieces and join then them together with FCP.

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SkillLine says

It’s depend about the project so some times you need to about to 10 placeholder and sometimes you need less.

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