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What is Templater?
It's a workflow automation tool for Adobe After Effects that makes customizing video content painless. Users automate customization through a streamlined interface that transforms text, footage, and solids into dynamic layers that update as Templater processes an external spreadsheet. Once dynamic layers update, Templater automatically corrects layouts and can render the result to video or generate new unique compositions.
- Use spreadsheets to easily customize templates
- Assign rules to autocorrect layouts with new input
- Replace multiple footage sources very easily
- Incorporate data from any web API *
- Translate text layers into different languages
- Use live tweets in compositions * *
- Render many unique videos
- Generate many unique compositions
- Save countless hours in your workflow!
- Requires a Google Apps Script to populate Google Sheets™ cells with web API data. Code your own Apps Script, browse existing add-ons with your Google account, or contact DataClay for custom solutions.
- Use an add-on like Supermetrics to populate Google Sheets™ cells with Twitter and other social media data, code an Apps Script to do the same, or contact DataClay for custom solutions.
- Customizing television network branding graphics
- Integrating social media content into video
- Localizing text to be rendered into video
- Personalizing ads and communication campaigns
- Producing video content for e-commerce platforms
- Producing video content for digital signage
- Creating video slates and slideshows at live events
- Customizing video slideshows of photo streams
- Creating motion graphic material for video art
- Quality assuring video templates
How does it work?
Users feed customization data directly into After Effects from a spreadsheet in a very simple manner. While Templater can read flat tab-delimited files exported from common spreadsheet applications such as Microsoft Excel or Apple Numbers, its real power comes from leveraging Google Sheets™ that can store data from third-party Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). Templater also comes with a layout engine that automatically adjusts dynamic layers to produce a finely crafted composition that designers and post-production professional can appreciate.
Templater ships with a custom effect and a panel that is installed into After Effects' application folders. It integrates seamlessly into After Effects users' normal workflow. Users simply tag video composition layers as dynamic with a custom effect and then map spreadsheet data to those layers. For each row in a spreadsheet, Templater updates each tagged layer with its mapped data and automatically scales, aligns, and adjusts it according to rules defined within the effect. It then either renders or replicates the user's desired composition.
What problem does it solve?
Templater was made to improve the process and workflow of producing targeted video based on various external data sources. As organizations mine and store more information, they need ways of leveraging this data to create meaningful connections with customers in markets across the world. Big data can drive media content, but video producers need a way to easily insert information into custom video without tediously replacing assets one by one. One main goal for Templater is to ease the pain points that motion graphics designers and post-production professionals face when creating new video templates and customizing ones that already exist.
Who is it for?
Post production pros, motion designers, marketing automation gurus, web developers, artists, and anybody who use After Effects as a central part of their media production process will find that Templater increases their productivity. Whether they are motion graphics artists, editors or designers, whether they work in television news or live event control rooms, post-production houses, or their own private studios, Templater enables users to work smart hours rather than long hours.
Feed your spreadsheet data directly into composition layers. Simply name your layers with the text in your spreadsheet's column headers. Use Google Sheets stored on your Google Drive account as your data source, or use a local file. Templater supports tab-delimited files—export them from Microsoft Excel, Apple Numbers, or Google Sheets.
Using the provided effect, define rules for how your layers arrange themselves in your composition when Templater reads data from your spreadsheet. At render time, Templater adjusts dynamic layers relative to its containing composition and its neighboring layers. No need to futz with aligning, scaling, or positioning dynamic layers—let Templater craft your composition according to your rules.
Punctual & Global
Templater supports unicode characters meaning it can read and write from all languages. Insert characters from any language into your spreadsheet and see them appear in your layers. Of course, your installed fonts should have the glyphs you require. Additionally, text is read as-is, so what you type in the spreadsheet is what you will see in your composition's layer. Commas, quotes and apostrophes are accepted, and right-to-left scripts are supported.
Be certain about how your data displays in your project compositions. With a click of a button, preview how your data-driven compositions look prior to rendering. You can cycle through previews of your render jobs to see how your rules treat different text, images, and colors. This process is especially useful in resolving problematic data and for After Effects template designers who need to see how different content looks in their compositions.
Templater churns out many unique renders very efficiently. Choose to render all the rows in your spreadsheet or just a range. You can apply your output modules and render settings templates to batch jobs and use any prefix for render output filenames. Keep things tidy by specifying any folder on your drive or network for saving render output files.
In addition to easily creating renders, Templater can generate new, unique, compositions within your project based on your spreadsheet data. With this feature, you can work your AE magic on a specific job before it renders. Generated comps are kept tidy and organized within a clean folder structure. You also have the option to send generated comps directly to AE's render queue or the Adobe Media Encoder.
We think you will find Templater easy to use and valuable for your workflow. If you have questions or trouble getting Templater to work for you, we are here to help. DataClay provides technical support to registered users through the help-ticket system here on aescripts.com. Simply submit a ticket with your question, and we will respond as soon as possible. For questions before purchase, feel free to use the comments tab on this page.
DataClay offers extensive written documentation for Templater as well as screencasts (under VIDEOS tab above) to get started quickly. With these resources you can learn everything from basic concepts to detailed step-by-step instructions for accomplishing specific tasks.
Purchasing a single license allows you to install Templater on a single machine for one user. Before purchasing, you should verify that Templater will help your workflow by using it in demo mode which gives you most of its functionality. The demo version adds watermarks to renders, and batch rendering and previewing is limited to three consecutive spreadsheet rows.
DataClay Consulting Services
DataClay offers consulting services for studios, agencies, broadcast networks, live event producers or any company with a need to produce customized video content from AE templates. Visit our author page to contact us if your team needs help to do the following:
- Create an After Effects project file that is compatible with Templater.
- Set up existing templates for efficient batch render processing.
- Integrate data from a specific API for your template. For example, you want to create videos from your company's CRM system.
- Architect rendering farms for use with Templater.
- Distribute video content after performing batch rendering tasks.
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