"Protect" setting for project items so they're ignored by Reduce Project
I'd like to have a setting where I can tell After Effects to ignore certain project items when I reduce my project. Especially when using data formats as footage items it's often that a jsx, json, or csv file gets thrown out when either reducing the project or sending to AME (which triggers a reduce). That wouldn't be a problem if I had a way, other than dragging more layers into my comps, of tell in AE not to throw something away.
Chris Jeffries commented
Joe's right: there are work-arounds. That said, I've upvoted this suggestion because it's a good idea.
My work-around: new comp (named "KEEP" or "SINK" or whatever) and drag everything that you don't want to remove into the comp. Then you don't have to worry about accidentally clicking somewhere with your over-caffeinated, twitchy stylus fingers once you've selected every 3rd layer and folder...
GET AWAY FROM MY COFFEE
Joe Clay commented
While this would be nice, you can click on anything in the project window to protect it before you reduce—for example the comp you want to keep and the JSON file powering it. You have to do it every time you reduce so it's not as useful, but you can select more than one thing when you reduce.
That said, that would be a nice feature so I could reduce without as much forethought and checking after.