I’ve been writing new scripts recently, mostly simple UI-less tools that do what they’re called, like show guide layers.jsx and remove disabled effects.jsx. There’s now a decent collection, and I’m adding new ones all the time. So rather than having to download them separately I’ve packaged all the ready-for release ones into a single zip … Continue reading All the scripts
Because it’s so useful for adding pleasing randomness to anything, Wiggle has become a kind of gateway drug to expressions. But it has a much less famous sibling, noise. I’ve never really played with noise before, so I thought I’d investigate it further.
It’s all about the $. One of the undocumented expression language feature in After Effects is the global object, also known as $. And it turns out that $ can bring you happiness…
Extendscript Toolkit is Adobe’s development environment for anyone working with the inbuilt scripting language for their Creative Suite aps. And, well, it’s been needing some love for a long time now.
…or at least a content-centric anchor point on a shape layer. I don’t like the way After Effects does shape layers. There, I’ve said it. Here’s my attempt to make things better.
A tool for removing unwanted Bézier handles on keyframes. This is a useful tool that’s included in my scripts bundle, but which I haven’t explained on this blog. It converts spatial keyframes from Bézier to linear, but unlike alt-clicking with the pen tool it allows you to choose to convert the in or out handle, … Continue reading Zap Spatial Tangents
As described in this tutorial, aiming lights can be easier if you can see “through” the light using a camera duct-taped on to it. Commonly found in 3D apps, the light-view option is sadly lacking in After Effects. Well here’s a script to do the duct-taping for you.
This script removes disabled effects from layers in your comp. While disabled effects don’t do anything, they mess up the workspace, create confusion, increase the size of the project file and can cause problems if you’re sharing the project to machines that don’t have the effects.
A nifty powershell timer module. I use Powershell for setting up renders a lot. And often I want to give something time to render, then compress it, send it to the internets, shut down the workstation, whatever. I used to use the Start-Sleep commandlet (Sleep to its friends), but because I like complicating things here’s … Continue reading Nanananana—Count-down!
Here’s a simple script that will remove a gap in an After Effects timeline, ripple editing all the layers after it. To use it, place the playhead in a gap — part of the timeline that has no active layers — and run the script. Layers that start after the gap get nudged up so … Continue reading Remove the gaps in AE comps