How To Package Adobe After Effects

Whether you are an experienced expert or a novice, Adobe After Effects can appear daunting to navigate. However, once you become familiar with it, you will discover that it is a robust and adaptable tool for producing mesmerizing visual effects. A frequent requirement for After Effects users is to assemble a project – gathering all the essential files into one package that can be effortlessly transferred or stored. This blog post will lead you through the procedure.

Step 1: Gather Your Files

Before you can package your project, you’ll need to ensure that all the files you’ve used are available. This includes any footage, images, audio files, etc. These should all be in a single location on your hard drive for easy access.

Step 2: Open the ‘Collect Files’ Function

The Collect Files function in Adobe After Effects is a handy tool that allows you to package all the elements of your project. To access this function, click on File, then select Dependencies, and finally Collect Files.

Step 3: Set The Collect Source Files

Once you’ve opened the ‘Collect Files’ function, you’ll be prompted to choose how you want to handle the files in your project. You should choose “All” in the Collect Source Files dropdown. This ensures that every single file associated with your project is included in the package.

Step 4: Choose Your Destination

Next, you’ll need to choose a location on your hard drive where the packaged project will be saved. Click on the Choose Folder button and navigate to your desired location.

Step 5: Collect and Save

Finally, click the Collect button. Adobe After Effects will then package all the files associated with your project into a single folder in the location you specified.

Packaging Adobe After Effects Using Scripts

There are also scripts available that can help you package your After Effects Projects. An example of such a script is the rd: Sundry Collect script.

To use this script, follow these steps:

  • Download and install the script into your After Effects Scripts folder.
  • Run the script by selecting File > Scripts > rd: Sundry Collect
  • Select the destination and click Collect.

Wrap Up

Packaging your Adobe After Effects project might seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually quite straightforward once you know the steps. Whether you’re sharing your project with a colleague, moving to a new computer, or just tidying up your hard drive, packaging your project is an essential skill for any After Effects user.