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True Layer Duplicator script for After Effects

True Layer Duplicator script for After Effects

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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

Enjoy!

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Installation:

  1. 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\
  2. Restart After Effects.

Setting the Keyboard Shortcut (CC2018 or Above)

  1. Open the Keyboard Shortcuts window from Edit Menu. (CC2018 or Above*)
  2.  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)

Usage:

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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Release Log:

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

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Comment(41)

  1. 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

  2. Thank you! Works great! Suggestion: if it could put all the duplicated precomps into one folder, that’d be awesome! Thanks again. Well done!

  3. 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”

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

      1. 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.

  6. Hi,

    Is True Layer Duplicator and other free tools free for commercial use?

    Thanks in advance for replying.

  7. 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…

  8. 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

  9. Hi, I’m not sure what is wrong, my Chrome browser is not loading the buttons to click to enable the download.

    Please help?

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