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For the first time ever an After Effects project can be saved in the previous version of the app. So even though you've chosen to work in After Effects CS5.5, you can save a copy of the project that will open in After Effects CS5. So you might be a freelancer or a studio who collaborates a lot with outside artists and it can be difficult to make the decision to upgrade After Effects. You don't want to have a bunch of project files that nobody else can open. Here we have a project that takes advantage of a couple of the key features in CS5.5 and you may have seen this one before.
So if we look at the effects, there's a Camera Lens Blur effect in here and then in one of the pre-comps we've got Warp Stabilizer happening. So the question is, if I save this in the previous version, what happens to those? Well, let's take a look. To save as CS5, I go into the File menu and under Save As there's a Save a Copy As CS5 option. So this will just by default be called copy CS5, so I'll just go ahead and choose that.
And now I have After Effects CS5 open as well, so we'll switch over there and try opening that project. I get a warning referring to the missing effect. It's asking me to install, which of course I can't do, because they are CS5.5 only. And you can see that now there is no stabilization. Well, you can't see that here, but in the rack focus track you can see there is no rack focus and the shot is not stabilized.
But these are treated as missing effects. Just as a third party plug-in that was missing will be treated. And so that means that I can make a simple change here. For example, I'll just do a quick color correction, just brighten the scene up just a little bit, and I'll go ahead and save that, and back in CS5.5 let's see what happens when I open it.
Okay. I get another warning telling me that this was saved in a prior version, and it now opens as an untitled project and that's just how it works when you open older project files. But the important part is that my new Levels effect is in there and Camera Lens Blur is now restored, so everything is working as it was, with any additions that I made in CS5. So the decision about upgrading to CS5.5 is much simpler with the ability to save a project in the preceding CS5 format.
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