Exchanging Media in a Project

You can exchange any layer in your project with a different object in the File Browser or Library. This breaks that layer’s original source file link and creates a new link to the file you’re exchanging. When you exchange a layer’s source media, the object in your project retains all of its Property tab parameter values (including the Position, Scale, and Opacity parameters), selected blend mode, nested filters and behaviors, masks, and keyframes.

The exchange operation allows you to replace layers in your project even after you’ve modified and animated them. If you’re unhappy with a particular element of your composition, exchange it with a new one.

Important: You can only exchange layers that are linked to media files on disk. You cannot exchange Motion-generated objects such as particle systems, generators, or text objects.

This operation allows you to use temporary layers in your project until the finished layer is available. For example, if you’re expecting artwork from another artist that’s not yet available, you can use a temporary graphic with the same dimensions, and then exchange it when the final artwork becomes available.

This operation is extremely useful for customizing projects created using templates. For more information, see Customizing Projects Created with Templates.

To exchange a layer in your project in the Layers tab
  1. Drag a file from the File Browser onto a layer in the Layers tab.

  2. When a curved pointer appears, release the mouse button.

    The original layer in the Layers tab is replaced by the new object.

    Figure. Layers tab showing curved pointer used to exchange a layer.
To replace a layer in the Media tab
  1. Select the object you want to replace in the Media tab.

  2. In the Inspector, open the Media tab.

  3. Click Replace Media File.

    A dialog appears.

  4. Navigate to the file you want to use to replace the current source media.

  5. Click Open.

    The new media object replaces the current object in the Media tab along with all layers or objects linked to the media object in your project.