LayerMonkey

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Quick Overview

Creates and animates unique layouts in seconds. Think TypeMonkey for layers! NEW LOWER PRICE!.

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LayerMonkey is a versatile script for After Effects that arranges and animates your comp's layers in time and space. It also creates a parented camera and generates a master control layer that makes timing and global adjustments a piece of cake. Now stills, videos and pre-comps can be used as kinetic elements in a complex monkey-generated composition with a simple push of a button.

 "...really great! Very useful." - Brian Maffitt

 "I love this script!" - Eric Kuehnapfel

 Key features

  • Creates randomized complex kinetic layouts using layers in your comp based on parameters entered into the control panel.
  • Features 3 different algorithms with a Justify option.
  • Works with stills, video, pre-comps, shapes, solids, text, eps and pretty much any other type of layer AE accepts.
  • Multiple controls for handling time-based layers.
  • Variable layer order options.
  • Keyframe-less timeline makes changes to timing as simple as sliding a marker.
  • Creates a parented camera that points to each successive layer as it transitions on.
  • Distributes markers across the timeline in 3 different ways.
  • Exludes non- image based layers in comp such as nulls, cameras, audio and adjustments.
  • Manual adjustments are easily made to size, position, rotation and opacity.
  • Features a wide range of type transitions randomly selected by default, but can be specified as well.
  • Marker Sync feature allows for push button alignment with preexisting marker layers, making syncing to music a breeze.
  • Allows for different interpolation for camera movement, auto rotate and auto frame.
  • Automatically builds and cleans to facilitate easy experimentation.
  • Palette controls makes colorizing layers very easy.
  • Kuler color palettes are now easily imported.
  • Supports motion blur, lock & shy, and preset Load and Save.
  • Free: Includes MonkeyTools- an ongoing collection of utilities specifically written to enhance the functionality of the Monkey Suite. Includes: UnShy Selected Layers, UnShy Text/Image Layers, UnShy Control Layers, Reset View, Invert Locks, Unlock All, Lock All, Scene Maker, Remove Duplicate Markers (to clean up Premiere-generated marker layers, Lock Childern & Lock Parents) (You find MonkeyTools in the same place as your main Monkey download)

Whats the difference between the Monkeys?

CircusMonkey creates and animates type. It specializes in complex 3D text layouts using 7 different algorithms that can be adjusted via effects controls after the build.

TypeMonkey also specializes in animated type. It has a unique algorithm that simulates a “2D staircase” design that is popular in kinetic typography.

LayerMonkey uses the same layout algorithm as TypeMonkey, but it works with any type of layer - video, pre-comps, graphics, whatever. However, it won't generate text like CircusMonkey or TypeMonkey. Text has to be prepared manually in Illustrator, Photoshop. 

MotionMonkey is a whole other animal. It has a much more complex and versatile animation system then the others, but it doesn't create a layout, text or generate an animated camera like the others. It's ideal for layered artwork where the layout has already been designed.
 
All the Monkeys are made to work separately or together, with the most versatile being LayerMonkey which acts as the missing link, marrying pre-comps created in CircusMonkey, TypeMonkey or MotionMonkey. 
 
Which is best? Well, that depends on your project. The easiest way to tell is to download the trial versions and play with them. 
 
Tutorial

Combining LayerMonkey and TypeMonkey Tutorial

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MonkeyTools Tutorial


MonkeyTools is an ongoing collection of scripts specifically written to enhance the functionality of The Monkey Suite for use in the creation of motion graphics for film and video.

Combining LayerMonkey and TypeMonkey Tutorial

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