Automation Blocks for After Effects
  • Looks interesting but cannot justify such an expensive subscription price.
  • Looks interesting but cannot justify such an expensive subscription price.
    Wow! I was thinking in buying it till I saw this. Crazy!
  • I had also planned on buying this, until I saw the subscription price. Beyond that, is there a plan on selling a "perpetual license", non-subscription version as an option?
  • Hi Matthew, Marcelo and Craig,

    thank you for your feedback! After getting so much feedback in this direction, we decided to switch plans and offer a perpetual license now.
    (And everybody who purchased a subscription so far, will be upgraded to a permanent license for free).

    Cheers,
    Mathias

    I had also planned on buying this, until I saw the subscription price. Beyond that, is there a plan on selling a "perpetual license", non-subscription version as an option?
    Marcelo Arias said:
    Looks interesting but cannot justify such an expensive subscription price.
    Wow! I was thinking in buying it till I saw this. Crazy!
    Looks interesting but cannot justify such an expensive subscription price.

  • I too was caught off guard by the subscription price, but Mathias is correct about this tool's worth.

    I can see how this tool might save me a ton of time and with all its possibilities, take me in directions of which I would not have known 
    without access to this kind of automation & programming power.  

    I'm a mid-level freelancer and I'm heavily considering a 365-test drive.  
    This might be like the iPhone and iPad: I didn't know I needed it until I had it.

    Good luck, Fellow Minions!..
    Charlie
  • Ok, I've just spent the last 1.5 hours learning how I'm going to save nearly 1000 hours.

    Before you decide, look through the Overview page (https://mamoworld.com/docs/automation-blocks/)
    and see for yourself.  

    I'm just a motion designer with a first impression of this toolset, I have no affiliation or paid endorsement (though I wouldn't mind!...).
    I'd love to hear what other mographers think.

  • We heard your feedback and decided to switch to perpetual licenses! 

    The community is a big aspect of Automation Blocks and we listen to your suggestions. If you purchased an annual subscription already, it will be converted to a perpetual license with no extra charge.
  • Hi Mathias,

    That's great news! Thank you! While I appreciate your explanation about why you had not been offering perpetual licenses, I still have a limited annual budget I need to work with, and the $150 annual looked like a limited time offer, then it would move to $200.

    I'm purchasing this now, without hesitation!

    Thank you, again!

    We heard your feedback and decided to switch to perpetual licenses! 

    The community is a big aspect of Automation Blocks and we listen to your suggestions. If you purchased an annual subscription already, it will be converted to a perpetual license with no extra charge.

  • Hey Mathias,
    great work on the tool. It looks like a pretty useful toolkit.

    Out of curiosity, would it be possible to use Automation Blocks to alter Mocha Import+ so that it uses the newer Maxon King Pin Tracker https://www.maxon.net/en/red-giant/vfx-suite/king-pin-tracker instead of the older Red Giant one which isn't developed anymore.

    Or maybe even to create a tool that sets up a unwarp-rewarp Comp Setup for the Mocha Mesh Warp? Right now I don't have the knowledge to set something like this up myself but maybe the community would be able to help here.

    Best
    Pascal
  • Great idea, Pascal!

    I just added a tool to the Automation Blocks community library which replaces all CC Power Pin effects in the active composition and its precomps by corresponding King Pin effects. You find it in the community library now at
    Effects/Corner Pin/Replace CC Power Pin by King Pin
    Just create corner pins or stabilized precomps with MochaImport+ and then run the tool to replace the corner pin effects.

    I was not able to test it properly, yet, since I currently don't have a King Pin license (I could verify that the effects are created as expected, but could not check if the rendered result looks ok). I will do more in depth tests once I get a license from Maxon. In the meantime, please go ahead and try it yourself, I am pretty confident that it should work :-)

    Cheers
    Mathias

    Hey Mathias,
    great work on the tool. It looks like a pretty useful toolkit.

    Out of curiosity, would it be possible to use Automation Blocks to alter Mocha Import+ so that it uses the newer Maxon King Pin Tracker https://www.maxon.net/en/red-giant/vfx-suite/king-pin-tracker instead of the older Red Giant one which isn't developed anymore.

    Or maybe even to create a tool that sets up a unwarp-rewarp Comp Setup for the Mocha Mesh Warp? Right now I don't have the knowledge to set something like this up myself but maybe the community would be able to help here.

    Best
    Pascal

  • Hey Mathias - 

    Can you compare & contrast this with the functionality of automation toolkit pro ( https://aescripts.com/automation-toolkit-pro/ )  Would like to understand whether or not they offer different functionality.  Thanks.
  • Hi Robert,

    as the developer of Automation Blocks, I am of course a bit biased. I just watched the overview video of Automation Toolkit and never worked with it myself. But my impression is that the difference in price is similar to the difference in functionality.
    First of all, Automation Blocks comes with a ton of ready to use tools, and I doubt that Automation Toolkit is powerful enough to create most of them. Working with spreadsheet files, creating custom user interfaces or structuring your code into nested functions are just some examples for advanced unique features of Automation Blocks.

    If you plan to create your own automations, I just recommend to watch the following two courses to get a very good idea about what Automation Blocks is capable of:
    I personally find the visual block system of Automation Blocks much easier to work with than the dropdown-based system of Automation Toolkit, but again, this might be my personal impression, since I am very much used to Autoomation Blocks.

    Hey Mathias - 

    Can you compare & contrast this with the functionality of automation toolkit pro ( https://aescripts.com/automation-toolkit-pro/ )  Would like to understand whether or not they offer different functionality.  Thanks.

  • Got it - thanks for the quick reply - I'll take a look at those two videos and see if I can get a better feel for the full potential of Automation Blocks. 
  • Hi! I'd very interested in getting this tool. Just wanted to know if it's as useful for Premiere Pro as is for AE for really basic tasks.

    I work for a youtuber editing his videos. There are some mechanical  tasks that could be instantly done by pasting a sound file on every marker in an adjustment layer, for example.

    Also would be nice if I could mark another adjustment layer with something like "Spooky music", then "rock music" and have one automation to automatically pick a random song from the imported "MUSIC" bin (Having multiple subbins with the genres)

    OH! It would also be cool If I could add randomly a group of 5 presets to a bunch of clips. Like, it's the same effect, just a different configuration. And adding that manually can be a pain

    I'm sure I might have more requests but, for now, If these can be achieve, you have a new user. 

    One more thing, is there a Premiere Pro Community Library?

    Thank you so much in advance for the attention
  • Hi Franz,

    the Premiere Pro version is still in development and the full set of features is not 100% clear, yet. You will definitely be able to import footage, to insert footage into a sequence and to read markers. And random numbers are supported, too. Hence, tasks like importing an entire folder of music files and inserting those randomly at markers sounds absolutely doable.

    In contrast to the Ae version, the Pr version will most likely have the following limitations:
    - no support for keyboard shortcuts (since Pr does not allow keyboard shortcuts for extensions in general, unfortunately)
    - creating custom user interfaces will be a bit more limited (again, because Pr's scripting engine has some limitations there).

    Franz Tomandl said:
    Hi! I'd very interested in getting this tool. Just wanted to know if it's as useful for Premiere Pro as is for AE for really basic tasks.

    I work for a youtuber editing his videos. There are some mechanical  tasks that could be instantly done by pasting a sound file on every marker in an adjustment layer, for example.

    Also would be nice if I could mark another adjustment layer with something like "Spooky music", then "rock music" and have one automation to automatically pick a random song from the imported "MUSIC" bin (Having multiple subbins with the genres)

    OH! It would also be cool If I could add randomly a group of 5 presets to a bunch of clips. Like, it's the same effect, just a different configuration. And adding that manually can be a pain

    I'm sure I might have more requests but, for now, If these can be achieve, you have a new user. 

    One more thing, is there a Premiere Pro Community Library?

    Thank you so much in advance for the attention

  • any way to open a morgrt with this?
  • There is no build-in function for opening a mogrt, but there is a block to execute a file, which you can use to execute .bat files on Windows or shell scripts on Mac OS, for example. Since mogrts are just zip folders with an Ae project inside, you could write a bat or shell script which unzips the mogrt and then open the unzipped project.
    Are you on Mac or Win?
  • Woow Looking great ...
  • I using add keyframes but it get Error : execution result:"can only use a property and not a property group here:/Comp 2::Shape Layer 2 (line 11)" destructor final end point 'main script' reached ? I follow video tutorial?
  • Hi Tran,
    best post a question about this in the Adobe forum and include your code and ideally a screenshot of it.
    In general, the error message sounds like you try to apply keyframes to a layer instead of a property: You cannot apply keyframes to "Shape Layer 2". You need to specify, to which property of the Layer "Shape Layer 2" you want to apply the keyframes.

    I using add keyframes but it get Error : execution result:"can only use a property and not a property group here:/Comp 2::Shape Layer 2 (line 11)" destructor final end point 'main script' reached ? I follow video tutorial?

  • Hi Tran,
    best post a question about this in the Adobe forum and include your code and ideally a screenshot of it.
    In general, the error message sounds like you try to apply keyframes to a layer instead of a property: You cannot apply keyframes to "Shape Layer 2". You need to specify, to which property of the Layer "Shape Layer 2" you want to apply the keyframes.

    tran vuong said: thanks ^^ It work very well
    I using add keyframes but it get Error : execution result:"can only use a property and not a property group here:/Comp 2::Shape Layer 2 (line 11)" destructor final end point 'main script' reached ? I follow video tutorial?


    thanks ^^ It work very well
  • Hi there,


    I hope it can get reviewed or atleast maybe letting me know that it is not possible to do it. 

    Thank you in advance
  • Hi Franz,

    ok, I just answered your request.
    Hi there,


    I hope it can get reviewed or atleast maybe letting me know that it is not possible to do it. 

    Thank you in advance