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 file.
Also included are some more complex UI-based scripts that I’ve posted before. Here’s a list of all the currently included scripts, the link to download them is below.
Scripts with a UI
These scripts will show up in the Window menu
cloninate.jsx – clones or replaces layers recursively, so that their source is independent of the original
copy_multi.jsx – a very handy keyframe copier. Allows you to copy and paste a bunch of keys from different layers , as well as one-click copying and pasting time-reversed keys.
first-n-last.jsx – trims the comp to the first and / or last layers, selected layers, or the current playhead position. Also lets you recursively trim and extend nested layers in a comp at the same time.
in-n-out.jsx – a layer sequencer. Like the “Sequence Layers” animation assistant but with bells and whistles.
proxynator.jsx – lets you set multiple proxies in one click.
zap spatial tangents.jsx gets rid of pesky auto-generated tangents on keyframes.
Stop-n-Go.jsx – an emergency pause button for expressions
this-n-that.jsx – a sooper-dooper layer or keyframe selection tool
find-n-replace.jsx – find and replace text in expressions, layer names, properties and text layers, with regex powers
Scripts without a UI.
These scripts will show up in the File > Scripts> menu.
centerShapeLayerToContents.jsx – centers the anchor point of a shape layer to the center of the contents, and centers any path’s anchor points.
createNullAtAveragePosition.jsx – creates a null at the center of a bunch of layers
hide guide layers.jsx & show guide layers.jsx – turns off and on visibility for guide layers
shy locked layers.jsx – makes locked layers shy and hides shy layers in the timeline window
Mum-n-Dad.jsx – creates a null and makes it the parent of all the layers in a comp
quantiseKeyTimes.jsx – snaps all keyframes to frame boundaries
lightview camera.jsx– adds a camera to a light for ease of aiming
remove disabled effects.jsx – removes effects that are turned off
removeGap.jsx– ripple-deletes a gap in the timeline
The image for this post comes from Lachlan Donald
Once you have unzipped, you need to put them in the AE Scripts folder. The Scripts folder will contain a ScriptUI folder, that’s where all the scripts with UIs go, so make sure you keep the folder structure intact.
If you have admin access on your machine, the default scripts folder is here:
c:\\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects <version>\Support Files\Scripts
- Mac OS:
/Applications/Adobe After Effects <version>/Scripts
(replace <version> with the current version of after effects, e.g. 2023) If you don’t have admin access, or you want to keep your scripts separate from the default installed ones there’s a user-accessible folder here (note that In this case is the actual version number, e.g. 23.4. Nice consistent naming, Adobe.):
%appdata% is a environment variable that points to your user prefs folder, usually c:\users\<you>\appdata\roaming\. Open an Explorer window and type %appdata%\Adobe\After Effects\ into the address bar and follow your nose from there.
- Mac OS
~/ is a shortcut to your Home folder in Finder type ⌘+Shift+G and paste ~/Library/Preferences/Adobe/After Effects/ into the Go To Folder dialog.