True Layer Duplicator script for After Effects
True Layer Duplicator is a Powerful and Free Script that Duplicates a Comp hierarchy including subcomps for Layers and Comps.
It resembles True Comp Duplicator Just with a Twist- It works on Comp Based Layers!
This tool will duplicate all selected layers but will also duplicate the inner Hierarchy of the layers.
This will save you the time of manually duplicating and replacing the relevant layers (with or without TrueComp duplicator), while keeping the changes made to the original layer.
The installation is pretty straight forward and with a few steps you can set a Shortcut to launch the script as a regular command (Ctrl+Alt+D on PC / Alt+D on Mac). Watch the Tutorial
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- Extract the True Layer Duplicator.jsxbin for the Zip file and place it in the Scripts folder:
- PC: Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects ##\Support Files\Scripts\
- Mac: Applications/Adobe After Effects ##\Scripts\
- Restart After Effects.
Setting the Keyboard Shortcut (CC2018 or Above)
- Open the Keyboard Shortcuts window from Edit Menu. (CC2018 or Above*)
- Search for “dup” in the search field (figure #1), click the empty shortcut box right to the True Layer Duplicator.jsxbin and press Ctrl+Alt+D on the keyboard (Alt+D on Mac)(figure #2) and press OK to confirm.
Creating the Ctrl+Alt+D Shortcut (CC2017 or Below)
- Use aeScripts Guide “How to use a keyboard shortcut to run a script” (if that’s your first Script you add it’ll be number 12)
- Your Adobe “After Effects XX.x Shortcuts.txt” file should look something like this and your “File->Scripts” menu should look like this.
Select a Comp Based Layer in the Timeline and press Ctrl+Alt+D (Alt+D on Mac) Watch the Tutorial
** Original image by Marco Verch
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True Layer Duplicator v1.4.2 – 23/05/2019
- Preferences alert for specific users
True Layer Duplicator v1.4.1 – 15/05/2019
- Site Link improvement
True Layer Duplicator v1.4 – 19/04/2019
- A new and improved Selective duplication algorithm
- Duplicated Project’s panel Comps as well!
- New comps are now in the origin parent folder
- Duplicate multiple Layers/Comps (Just select and press the shortcut)
- A new duplication summery window
True Layer Duplicator v1.2 – 31/12/2018
- Algorithm improvement (Selective Duplication of nested comps)
- Minor Bug Fixes
True Layer Duplicator v1.1 – 31/11/2018
- Progress Bar Added
- Minor Bug Fix
True Layer Duplicator v1.0 – 31/10/2018
- Initial Release
The popup windows after pressing Crtl+Alt+D does not close after duplicating the Layer. I get a “Done” but clicking on the X also does not close the popup window. I am on AE CC2018
Please contact support, so we could get a detailed description of the issue.
It’s just perfect, thank you! You save me
Great! the next update will include more features that will expand TLD’s capabilities, so stay tuned 🙂
Perfect solution! Thanks for this!
Whoa! This script is a lifesaver! Precisely what I was looking for!
Thanks! The next update will blow your mind… this April…
Sooo easy finally!! Was little suspicious in the beginning because of the file type and size but all good. THX ALOTT!!!
Good things come in small packages!
Thank you! Works great! Suggestion: if it could put all the duplicated precomps into one folder, that’d be awesome! Thanks again. Well done!
Thanks! the next update that will come in few days will include placing the new copies in their parent folder.
You rock. Thank you so much!
That’s exactly what I want. thank you!
Just what I needed! Thank you!
i think this script isn’t working with aftereffect 2020
Hi Palak. True Layer Duplicator supports CC2020.
If you upgraded from an older version make sure you install the script file in the new version as well.
If you need further assistance please contact us through our contact page:
In After Effects 2020 (French version), I have an error : “Impossible d’éxecuter le script à la ligne 174. undefined n’est pas un objet”
Hi Cedric, please contact us through support for more details of the error.
Like you mentioned …You changed my life !!!! Thanks brother ,, Kudos from middle east
Not working on mine. I have it in the shortcuts but nothing is happening. I’m trying to copy a folder in my project tab?
FIXED IT! You’re all geniuses!
THIS IS LIFE SAVING THANK YOU SO MUCH
You saved the day! thanks a lot for this Time Saver script
Download link doesn’t work !
Please fix it.
Thank you so much
You changed my life, tnx
Where is the download link please
You can uncover the download button by using one of the options in the “Download & Support VDODNA” box above
I add a key command for the script, but nothing happens when I press the button. Have tried assigning to multiple different key command, and highlighted the comp in the Timeline and Project panels with no luck 🙁
AE2022 running Monterey on a 2019 Macbook Pro.
Hi Max, make sure you follow the instructions on how to creat the shortcut.
If the issue persists, please contact us through our support page
Got it sorted, had to try a few different shortcuts before finding one that worked for whatever reason. Alt+Cmd+D needs to be unbound from ‘Toggle Dock’ when using Monterey if you want to use that shortcut by the way, but I just used Shift+D instead.
We recommend using alt+D on a Mac- it’s much more fun
LiRAN, You are the man.
You save me so much time with that script.
Is True Layer Duplicator and other free tools free for commercial use?
Thanks in advance for replying.
Yes! TLD is free for commercial use
Thank you. Will give this a try.
Oh my god, how hard could you make this to download?
I’ve tried every browser, turned off adblock, and nothing.
What else do I need to do after liking your page on Facebook? It just gives me a redirect link to this page…
Ok, I was able to download TLD on my phone, then shoot it over to my PC, but I wasn’t given any download button in either my Firefox or IE browser. Gave me conniptions lol
Hi Tristan, thank you for letting us know. I hope TLD is worth your efforts to get it!
Hi, I’m not sure what is wrong, my Chrome browser is not loading the buttons to click to enable the download.
It looks like the page is not loading correctly on your browser.
Try hard reloading the page or another browser
Thank you very much for the amazing effect!
Why don’t I see the effect appearing?
Hi Yeuditt! Glad you are enjoying TLD. V2023 was major update of After Effects, which means you need to install it again in this new version