Layer Displayer

  • Compatibility After Effects
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Author: Duhazzz

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Quick Overview

Displays only the layers that you need here and now.

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Layer displayer is a script that shows layers on request. It analyzes your layers and hides everything unnecessary using the “shy” layer property. It is also worth paying attention to the fact that the gray layers are hidden automatically, which must be taken into account in the process.
k - select all the keyframes under the current time indicator and hide all the untouched (doesn't work with stretched layer)
An empty field will reveal all the layers

ks - select all the keyframes within the work area and hide all the untouched layers
t - reveal the layers that are under the time indicator
l# - reveal the layers with the label of the specific color. The first two letters are enough (e.g. l#re). The layers with the label None will be ignored.
s - reveal the selected layers only
In addition to the commands listed above, there are the following:
  • msk - hide masks
  • n - hide nulls
  • wa - reveal the layers that are within the work area
  • vn - reveal the layers with the grey label only
  • lo - hides locked layers
  • en - hides enabled layers
  • le - hides locked and enabled layers
Functions introduced in version 1.07 of the script
  • l# - show layers with labels that the selected layers had
  • pa - show layers shared with the parent layer of the selected layer
The script was run on versions from 2014 to 2018. Since the ability to conveniently assign a script to a hot key appeared in the 2018 version of the after effect, I recommend installing it on versions from 2018 and above.
If you have ideas what can be added to the tool, write in the comments.
Layer displayer 1.07 introduces buttons, their settings, shortcuts and a couple of new features. Additional attention was paid to the interaction between the user and the script.
In the archive with the script, you can find a file with a table, which describes all its features.

About buttons
By default, the buttons have the “All checking” mode enabled, which means that the panel will display only the actual buttons corresponding to the active composition. This mode can be disabled in the settings, which can be accessed through the button with the question icon. You can also disable numbering for buttons and groups there. The “All checking” mode can slow down the script execution a little.
About the console
The console remembers the last command used as before. Now, when starting the script, just press enter while the input field is active. Now you can refer to commands in a new way. Each had its own number. To refer to a command, you must sequentially enter the group number and the command number. For example 11 - will show layers in time, as if you entered “time” or “t”. Now in the settings you can change the label prefix.
About shortcuts
Windows users can use hotkeys. To do this, hold down ctrl and alternately click on the numbers. The first digit is the group number, the second is the button number. Shortcuts are limited to the 9th button. For example, ctrl + 2 + 1 will only show the red layers.
New features
Now only the selected labels can be displayed. Select the layers with the required labels and press the “label” button or use other ways of interacting with the script. You can also quickly find a layer with a common parent, the button is parent.
After Effects 2020, CC 2019, CC 2018