How To Export & Import Compositions In After Effects - FreeVisuals

To transfer a composition from one After Effects project to another, first export the desired composition using File > Dependencies > Collect Files... in the source project. Then, in the destination project, import the collected composition via File > Import > File..., ensuring you select 'Import Selected Compositions and Media'.

October 8, 2023
How To Export & Import Compositions In After Effects - FreeVisuals
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How To Import Composition From Another Project In After Effects

One of the most versatile capabilities in the realm of motion graphics is the ability to seamlessly transfer compositions between different After Effects projects. Whether you're a seasoned animator or just starting out, understanding the intricacies of exporting and importing compositions can be a game-changer for your workflow.

Compositions form the backbone of any After Effects project, encapsulating layers, effects, and animations into a cohesive unit. Being able to move these compositions across projects not only enhances collaboration but also ensures consistency and efficiency in larger projects.


  • The significance of compositions in After Effects
  • A step-by-step guide to exporting a composition from one project
  • The process of importing that composition into another project
  • Tips to ensure a smooth transition between projects without losing essential assets.

Exporting a Composition from an After Effects Project:

Open the Source Project

Open the After Effects project that contains the composition you want to export.

Locate the Composition

In the Project panel, locate the composition you want to export.

Export the Composition:

Select the composition.

Go to File > Dependencies > Collect Files....

In the "Collect Files" dialog box, choose the "For Selected Comps" option.

Click the "Collect..." button.

Choose a location to save the collected files and click "Save". This will create a folder containing the composition and all its associated assets.

Importing the Composition into Another After Effects Project:

  1. Open the Destination Project: Open the After Effects project where you want to import the composition.

Import the Composition:

  1. Go to File > Import > File... (or simply press Ctrl+I on Windows or Cmd+I on Mac).
  2. Navigate to the folder where you saved the collected files.
  3. Select the After Effects project file (with the .aep extension) inside that folder.
  4. Click "Open".

Choose Import Options:

  1. A dialog box will appear asking how you want to import the project. Choose "Import Selected Compositions and Media".
  2. Ensure the composition you want is checked in the list.
  3. Click "OK".

Locate the Imported Composition:

  1. The composition will now appear in the Project panel of the destination project, along with any associated assets.
  2. Drag and Drop: You can now drag and drop the imported composition into your timeline or work with it as you would with any other composition.

Note: When you use the "Collect Files" function, After Effects will gather all the assets used in the composition and place them in a single folder. This ensures that when you import the composition into another project, all the necessary files are available. However, be cautious about file sizes, especially if you're working with large video files or many assets.