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

Importing an After Effects Project

You can also import an After Effects project into your current project—a capability that makes it possible to combine work, create complex sequences as different “modules,” and repeat complex effects. All of the elements of an imported After Effects project are contained in a folder in the current project. However, After Effects 5 projects aren't backward compatible, which means you can't open an After Effects project into your current one unless it, too, was created in version 5.

To import an After Effects project:

1.
Choose File > Import > File.

The Import File dialog box appears (Figure 2.69).

Figure 2.69. The Import File dialog box appears.


2.
Locate and select an After Effects project.

In the Import File dialog box, the file is identified as an After Effects project automatically, and Project appears selected in the pull-down menu.

3.
Click Import.

The After Effects project appears in the Project window as a folder containing compositions and footage items (Figure 2.70).

Figure 2.70. An imported After Effects project appears in the Project window as a folder containing comps and footage items.



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