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Chapter 2. Importing Footage into a Proj... > Importing an After Effects Project

Importing an After Effects Project

Why import a project into a project? The ability to import another After Effects project allows you to combine your work, create a complex sequence as different "modules," or repeat a complex effect. All of the elements of an imported After Effects project are contained in a folder in the current project. If you're using After Effects 4.1 for the Mac OS, you can open a project saved in any previous version of After Effects; if you're using After Effects 4.1 for Windows, you can open projects created with After Effects 3.0 or later. Unfortunately, After Effects 4.1 projects aren't backward compatible.

To import an After Effects project:

1.
Choose File > Import > Project.

The Import Project dialog box appears (Figure 2.61).

Figure 2.61. The Import Project dialog box.


2.
Locate and select an After Effects project.

3.
Click OK to close the Import dialog box.

The After Effects project appears in the Project window as a folder containing compositions and footage items (Figure 2.62).

Figure 2.62. An imported After Effects project appears in the Project window as a folder.



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