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Author: Jeremy Cox

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Quick Overview

Easily cycle between every version of your footage.



What is versionUp?

versionUp streamlines the tedious task of updating your footage to the newest version. It simplifies the switching of footage versions to a single click. Select one or more pieces of footage in the project panel, click the up arrow, and smartRender will update the footage to the next version available. Click the up arrow while holding the shift key and versionUp will skip to the newest version of the footage available. If you have ever been frustrated by the process of replacing footage by hand then versionUp is for you.

If you are using v### (v1, v01, v001, etc) style version numbers in your footage and assets, versionUp will just work. It is smart enough to skip footage that doesn't exist and find the next available version. It can even version up or down comp and folder names.




  • Click the up and down arrows to cycle through versions of your footage.
  • Shift + Click to skip straight to the newest or oldest versions available.
  • Option + Click to increment a letter following the version number.
  • Included non UI scripts can be assigned to Kbar buttons.
  • Custom keyboard shortcuts can be bound to perform all versionUp actions.
  • Automatically skips versions if they don't exist.
  • Works with stills, movies, and image sequences.
  • It will even version up or down comp and folder names.
  • Updates all version numbers in the file path, not just in the file name.
  • Settings panel with options to customize the script to your liking.


Pipeline Integration

versionUp will fit seamlessly into any pipeline using v### (v1, v01, v001, etc) style version numbering. The version number padding can be any length as long as it is preceded by a consistent prefix. This prefix will usually be "v", but can be customized to any letter. To work properly, versionUp requires that the only difference between your files is the version number, be it in the file name or anywhere else in the path. If you are interested in versionUp but it will not work in your pipeline, send me a note and I am happy to discuss a custom solution.



Keyboard Shortcuts & ft-Toolbar

Custom keyboard shortcuts can now be assigned to run versionUp. Once the included non UI scripts have been installed, the AE shortcuts preference file can be modified to assign custom key bindings to the scripts. If you are an Kbar user, you can also create Kbar buttons to perform versionUp actions. See the included README file or this tutorial video for more information on assigning keyboard shortcuts and integrating with Kbar. Note that this video shows ft-Toolbar, but the concept is the same.



Dynamic UI

versionUp features a dynamic UI that adjusts itself to fit anywhere you want to put it. Whether you have a highly customized workspace, or are still using the AE default, versionUp will feel right at home. You can even hide the settings button to reduce the visual clutter.


Known Limitations

  • Versioning to an image sequence with a different start frame will likely fail.
  • Multiple unique version numbers in the same file name or path can produce unexpected results.
  • Incrementing an AIFF file will change the "Type" from "AIFF" to "QuickTime". Shouldn't have any noticeable effect. Appears to be an AE bug.




Keyboard Binding & ft-Toolbar Walkthrough

After Effects 2020, CC 2019, CC 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015.3, CC 2015, CC 2014, CC, CS6, CS5.5, CS5