How To Quickly Organize Project Assets in After Effects

In this post, I will show you how to quickly organize project assets in After Effects with a free script.

Old Project in After Effects

Alright, so we are in After Effects and for this example, I have one of my old projects from several years ago. I dirtied it up a little bit and made it a bit messy. As you can see, this project is very cluttered.

We have all dealt with messy projects. You know the pain. Cluttered projects waste time.

So let me show you the quickest way you can clean things up in After Effects.

Step 1: Download The Free Script

We are going to use a free script from ProVideoCoalition.com. It is a great website full of a lot of useful information. Go ahead and download the script from their website:

Step 2: Run the Script

To run the script, you will have to go to FileScriptsRun Script File and then find your script.

Run Script File in After Effects

I already installed it in my scripts folder in After Effects, so the script is already listed in Scripts as OrganizeProjectAssets.jsxbin.

Script folder in After Effects

I am going to click on the script and what happens next is pure magic.

You will see a progress bar. Press Close when you see All done! 

Progress bar in After Effects

Now, look how clean everything is.

Clean folder in After Effects

We now have three folders (Comps, Footage and Solids).

Lets go inside the Comps folder

Comps folder in After Effects

You will notice that any compositions that are not in any other compositions are left in this folder. If they are in other compositions, then the script assumes that it is Precomps and it will place them in the Precomps folder.

Precomps folder in After Effects

I still have a lot of floating comps in the Comp folder, but it is much easier to figure things out at this point.

Next, we have our Footage folder.

Footage Folder in After Effects

The Footage folder is organized based on file extensions, so we have Illustrator files.

Illustrator files in After Effects

We have JPEG files

JPEG files in After Effects

MOV files

MOV files in After Effects

We have some MP3s and so on.

Mp3 files in After Effects

The final folder is Solids and it is pretty simple.

Solids folder in After Effects

It is a simple script but it is extremely useful. It will save you time.

About the author:

Sergei Prokhnevskiy

Sergei Prokhnevskiy is a Charlotte, NC based motion graphics designer, an online tutor, an entrepreneur, and Adobe MAX Master Speaker. Sergei is known for his quick and practical After Effects tips and tricks on YouTube, where he generated well over 6 million views on his tutorials. He has authored an online video course on After Effects Expressions and developed scripts for After Effects. He is also a former senior motion graphics designer at Fox Sports where he worked on graphics for NFL, Super Bowl, MLB, World Series, College Football, NASCAR, Women’s World Cup, and NASCAR Race Hub. He is very passionate about learning and teaching others.

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