GEOlayers 2

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Author: Markus Bergelt

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Quick Overview

Browse and animate online maps directly in After Effects.

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GEOlayers 2 lets you browse and animate maps directly in After Effects.

It connects After Effects to imagery tile servers for up-to-date maps. It also provides direct access to all kinds of geospatial features of the world. Like this you can easily draw buildings to After Effects shape layers, highlight certain country borders, streets, lakes, rivers, places, label regions, animate routes, extrude buildings... whatever you’ll need. 

GEOlayers 2 comes with 14 default Server Profiles each one representing a certain map style. All of them can be used for free! All you need to do is attribute the provider. GEOlayers also does this for you. Thats not all. You can add your own ones. Use the Universal API to connect to common imagebased tileservers or create a map style in minutes with the Stamen Mapstack API. Mapbox is also fully supported. Get yourself an account there and bring all its advantages to After Effects. 

Purchase GEOLayers 2 with Trapcode Mir 2 , Mettle FreeForm Pro or Rowbyte Plexus 3 and get bundle discounts.  Discount is automatically added when you add both products to the shopping cart. 

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What's new in GEOlayers 2

Version 2 is rebuilt from scratch. It has been concepted and developed to fit your needs based on user requests and ideas.

  • new UI
  • up to 10 times faster
  • better to control animation engine
  • direct access to geographical Features
  • powerful dynamic Labels
  • customizable Feature Styles
  • Routes
  • one-click 3D Landscape setup
  • ...and much more

In order to make all this possible After Effects CC 2015 (13.6) or higher is required. Legacy projects created with version 1 are not supported by GEOlayers 2.


Online Maps

Browse maps directly inside After Effects

You can scroll and zoom around in online maps inside After Effects, create keyframes and animate them. GEOlayers 2 will download all necessary imagery for your animation automatically. It comes with 14 default map styles and can be easily extended.

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Online Search

Find geographical features online

Search online for countries, cities, certain buildings, POIs and much more. The Features you find can be labeled in your animation, they can be drawn to your map, downloaded, exported and a lot more.

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Feature Styles

Create your Feature Styles

Set up Styles you can use to draw Features. Customize fill and stroke and create your Stylesets. GEOlayers 2 can also automatically apply Styles depending on what kind of Feature you want to draw. Additionally you can export them to a file and share it with others.

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Add Labels to your animation

Label features with one click. Use and customize the default Label Templates or feel free to create your own ones. Every After Effects composition can be used as a Label Template.

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Data Visualization

Create Data-driven Styles to visualize your datasets.

GEOlayers 2 allows you to easily import datasets in .csv or .tsv file format. Data-driven Styles help you to beautifully visualize large datasets with a couple of clicks.

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3D Landscapes

Create 3D Landscape setups with one click

If you have Trapcode Mir 2, Mettle FreeForm Pro or Rowbyte Plexus 3 installed you can create 3D Landscape setups with one click. Like this you can achieve stunning animations based on real data.

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Bundle Offers

Trapcode Mir 3

Trapcode Mir

  • Realistic shading and vector-style looks
  • Triangles or Quads
  • Fog
  • Wireframe as second renderpass

Purchase GEOLayers 2 with Trapcode Mir 3 and save 25% on both.

Mettle FreeForm Pro

FreeForm Pro

  • Realistic shading
  • Multiple Material Channels on one surface
  • Fog and Mist
  • Shadows
  • Skydome

Purchase GEOLayers 2 with Mettle FreeForm Pro and save 25% on both.

Rowbyte Plexus 3


  • vector-style look
  • Point, Line and Facet renderers

Purchase GEOLayers 2 with Rowbyte Plexus 3 and save 25% on both.

Upgrade Notice

If you own the original version of GEOlayers you can upgrade to GEOlayers 2 for $100. To get the upgrade pricing simply login to the same account as your original purchase.

User Guide Video Tutorials



  • 3D Buildings with CINEMA 4D renderer
  • Buildings extruded with CINEMA 4D renderer
  • powerful online search
  • calculate routes without leaving After Effects
  • imported gpx-track and city borders
  • Create custom styled maps with the Stamen Mapstack
  • Stamen Mapstack Examples
  • Mapcomp with transparent Water
  • Feature Meshs
  • 3D Landscape with Trapcode Mir 2
  • 3D Landscape with Trapcode Mir 2
  • a Piece of Grand Canyon
  • Features drawn to After Effects Shapelayers
  • draw shapelayers to highlight features on a basemap
  • Easily extend GEOlayers 2 by creating your own Server Profiles
  • Data driven Styling
  • Data Visualization
  • extruded building parts
  • Hong Kong with route and 3D Buildings
  • Iso-View with 3D Buildings
  • 3D Landscape - FreeForm Pro
  • 3D Landscape - Plexus 3
  • 3D Landscape - Mir 2
  • Route animation with Custom Labels
  • Nasa Night Map with Feature Mesh
  • Elevation Sample Project using Trapcode Mir
  • randomize Style settings randomly in a certain value range
  • data glitch
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