I know workflow tutorials and tips aren’t as fun as blowing up a speed boat as it flies off a building but they can be very useful when you are working on a movie called Speed 3: Air Force One. Which is still in development, no stars attached… yet. In any case I wanted to promote a few useful scripts that are available for After Effects.
Great tool for duplicating a comp and all of the pre-comps to make an independent comp for experimenting or building graphics based on a single design. The great thing is how easy it works, just select a comp you want to duplicate and the script makes copies of all the dependencies within.
This script is actually similar and better than our the Trim Compose script we just released and if I knew about it 2 months ago, I probably would have used it instead. Basically it gives you some cool ways to pre-compose layers, including a batch option for multiple selected layers.
This script is pretty insane, especially if you have a decent computer. It allows you to render stuff without having to stop working in AE. Check out the help info to see how it might fit into your workflow. If you find yourself, staring at a progress bar all day, this might be helpful. Unless you want to stare at them… in which case you shouldn’t be reading this.
Another option-based pre-compose script that let’s you decide what stays in the current comp and what goes through to the pre-comp. If you ever thought about leaving the transform settings but moving the masks or whatever, this gives you the options.
This script actually is hard to explain. But the way I understand it, is that it Saves a Comp as a Project
This script exports the AE camera into a variety of formats for your 3D program. This allows you to match camera information for better integration. Check out the 3D ledge tutorial for some tips.