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Chapter 3. Managing Footage > Opening Footage in the Original Application

Opening Footage in the Original Application

As you know, After Effects works with references to source files, not with the files themselves. Sometimes, however, you'll want to make a permanent change to a source file after you've imported it into After Effects. Luckily, you don't have to quit After Effects to do so. After Effects provides an easy way to open the file in the application in which it was created. Of course, the application must be present on your hard drive, and you must have enough available RAM to open both applications simultaneously. After you edit the footage in the original application, every instance of the footage in your After Effects project will reflect your changes.


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