Gridder

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Author: Nik Ska

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Quick Overview

Create and animate various grids - rectangle, 3D, circle or even spiral!
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Gridder

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Gridder arranges layers into a customizable grid in many ways - rectangle, 3d, circular or even spiral.

You can animate the grid using keyframes, or custom expressions mode.

Definitely missing in After Effects, this tool is somehow similar to Cinema 4D's Mograph cloner .

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Gridder 1.5 Demo

Rectangular grid

Rectangular grid

In this mode Gridder will fit all layers into a defined size grid (e.g. 5 by 6), all extra objects will be placed on top of others.

Fixed amount of columns / rows

Columns only mode

Rows only mode

These modes will set priority to columns or row respectively, so you will get exact number of them.

3D Mode

3d interface

Circular Mode

Circular mode

Create circles and spirals easily

Expressions mode

Columns only mode

Columns only mode

 The Gridder creates unique set of expressions for each mode to control and animate the grid, later on these expressions may be baked.

How to install the script:

Copy script file into the following folder:

  • Windows: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CS[x]\Support Files\Scripts\ScriptUI Panels
  • Mac: /Applications/After Effects CS[x]/Scripts/ScriptUI Panels
Then run the script from Window -> Gridder

You should allow scripts to write files, otherwise script UI will fail to render.

Edit->Preferences->General->Allow Scripts to Write Files and Access Network

Gridder is now updated to 1.59

Some issues on non English After Effects and CC are fixed.

Important notes on expressions:

  • Control null layer should always stay on top. You may change its sliders' names, but do not remove them or change order - this will break the expression magic.
  • After you've created expressions, the script itself won't be able to arrange layers due to the expressions nature, so use null object. You will have to bake expressions in order for script to work again.
  • If you had expression previously assigned to layers' position property - they will be replaced by new ones and will never be set back after baking.
  • Do not change expressions assigned to position - if you fail to do so, script won't bake them.
  • To change mode from Only Rows to Only Columns or vice versa, first un-check the currently checked checkbox.

 Important notes on performance

  • Please note that After Effects is really ineffective when working with a lot of layers. Depending on your configuration, even a 100 separate layers may significantly reduce productivity and render speed.
  • This is especially concerning expressions. Working in Expressions mode DOES slow down the whole project, but the problem is not the expression, but the whole conception behind them. Each expression has to be cached by AE and stored in RAM. The more expressions you have and the longer your composition - the memory it will take to store all of them.
  • The main problem is that even on my top i7 and 48Gb RAM the productivity with hundreds of objects is crippled.
  • Script interface
  • Expression controls
  • 3D Mode
  • Spiral mode
  • Grid overlay

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Gridder 1.5 Demo

Gridder 1.5 Demo (Russian)

After Effects CC, CS6, CS5.5, CS5, CS4