rd: Studio Techniques

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These are the sample scripts excerpted from Adobe After Effects CC Visual Effects and Compositing Studio Techniques by Mark Christiansen. A complete chapter on scripting by Jeff Almasol is included with the book.
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These scripts are excerpted from Adobe After Effects CC Visual Effects and Compositing Studio Techniques by Mark Christiansen. (c) 2013. Published by Adobe Press. All rights reserved. A complete chapter on scripting by Jeff Almasol is included with the book.

Scripts included in this bundle:

  • rd_CameraProjectionSetup.jsx: This script automates most of the steps required to set up the camera projection technique in The Camera and Options chapter. The script creates a single "backing" plane, so you will still need to create any additional planes needed. Also, the content-specific procedures described in step 7 (masking, scaling, and repositioning the planes) will need to be performed manually. Sorry, scripting isn't THAT good. :-)
  • rd_Duplink.jsx: This script displays a palette with controls for creating linked instances of a selected layer's properties. These links are made via pick-whipped expressions, so only those properties that can use expressions can be linked. Use this script to create duplicates or "instances" of a layer, which allow you to change the main layer and have its instance layers update as well.
  • rd_LightWrap.jsx: This script creates the light wrap effect using the technique described in the Light chapter of the book. In addition, it adds a Contamination and Wrap Offset controls to the precomp layer for easier adjustment, and ties the position, scale, and rotation properties from the foreground and background layers to those in the precomp to synchronize any transformations you decide to do.
  • rd_MergeProjects.jsx: This script displays a palette with controls for merging a selected project folder's contents up to the root of the Project panel. Use this script when you have imported a project into another, and want to merge subfolders and their contents with existing same-named subfolders at the root-level of the project, keeping your Project panel more organized.
  • rd_Slated.jsx: This script renders slates, single-frame images of a specific template composition whose data is fed by the information in a text file exported from a spreadsheet.
  • rd_TrimToZeroOpacityKeys.jsx: This script trims the transparent ends of the selected layers by trimming to the first and last Opacity keyframes with zero value.
  • rd_TrimZeroOpacity.jsx: This script trims the transparent ends of the selected layers by trimming to the first and last frame that doesn't have a zero value for Opacity. Unlike the rd_TrimToZeroOpacityKeys.jsx script, this one will evaluate expression values and also trim as much as possible (if multiple adjacent frames have the same zero value). Because multiple frames can be evaluated per layer, this script might take a little longer to process lots of layers.
After Effects CC, CS6
  • rd: Scooter UI

    Jeffrey Almasol

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    rd: Scooter

    Displays a palette with controls for slipping and sliding various layer settings, such as layer footage source, in/out range, markers, and keyframes. You can use different combinations of these settings for more powerful control over layer editing operations.

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  • rd: Render Layers

    Jeffrey Almasol

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    rd: Render Layers

    Renders each of the selected layers separately. You might find this script useful if layers represent different versions of an effect or different parts of an effect that you want to render as separate "passes" for flexibility in how they get composited.

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  • rd: Slicer

    Jeffrey Almasol

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    rd: Slicer

    Displays a palette with controls for slicing the selected layer into a grid. Slicing works best with non-rotated layers. If a parent null layer is created, it will be anchored at the layer's current anchor point.

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  • rd: Comp Setter

    Jeffrey Almasol

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    rd: Comp Setter

    Displays a palette with controls for changing the size, pixel aspect ratio, duration, frame rate, preserve options, motion blur, and renderer of the selected compositions, and all nested compositions (pre-comp layers) in it.

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  • rd: Kinda Sorta

    Jeffrey Almasol

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    rd: Kinda Sorta

    Displays a palette with controls for sorting layers based on specific criteria.

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