More Workflow Scripts

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.

True Comp Duplicator

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.

BG Renderer

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.

Smart Precomposer

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.

Save Comp As Project

This script actually is hard to explain. But the way I understand it, is that it Saves a Comp as a Project

AE3D Export Camera from AE to 3D

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.

May 4th, 2011 @ 12:48 pm
Awesome work Andrew, keep it up! Looking forward to what you have in the coming weeks
May 4th, 2011 @ 12:57 pm
Cool. Thank you!
Tom K.
May 4th, 2011 @ 12:59 pm
Thanks Andrew.
Very useful stuff.
May 4th, 2011 @ 1:00 pm
will be looking those up for sure thx
Alek B
May 4th, 2011 @ 1:02 pm
Well now we know what movie it is! yay! Andrew What do you think of Blender 2.5x?
May 4th, 2011 @ 1:03 pm
yeah - like it, thanks a lot andrew!
May 4th, 2011 @ 1:10 pm
Thanks AK, it's always cool when you post stuff to make artists' lives easier.
Big Hache
May 4th, 2011 @ 1:21 pm
These are very exciting, thank you!
May 4th, 2011 @ 1:51 pm
Thanks Andrew.........but i was wondering about something in canon blog show but i got nothing back............i ordered canon but i heard that carry some technical i bought Panasonic sdr-s45 that good? you know good quality for green screen...i need
May 4th, 2011 @ 2:58 pm
Finally Kramer found Ae scripts ;)
May 4th, 2011 @ 3:25 pm
Andrew for president! :D
    May 4th, 2011 @ 4:58 pm
    I Agree. Andrew for president!
    But really he is great, I learned how to use After Effects through his tutorials. Thanks Andrew!!!
May 4th, 2011 @ 3:32 pm
Very useful stuff.
Thank u so much Andrew!
May 4th, 2011 @ 4:45 pm
Sweeeeet!! So helpful. Thanks for all the great stuff you post.
May 4th, 2011 @ 5:01 pm
Ts, ts ...
If Ae Scripts would not exist, many Ae Artist would sit in the fire.
Adobe is so lame on Ae and they still build that Application on old code ... so terribly lame and expenisve.
May 4th, 2011 @ 5:20 pm
Are there any free network render scripts out there?
May 4th, 2011 @ 5:23 pm
Great roundup!

A couple more scripts i use daily, and highly recommend:

Reposition Anchor Point:
Reposition the anchor point of any type of object in Ae! I use this one when i've already animated an object, or when the 'pan behind tool' won't do the job for me!

Ease and Wizz:
For when you have a motion graphics job with an extremely tight deadline! Check out the Video, this is an really cool script!
    May 6th, 2011 @ 1:46 am
    Exactly the two scripts I was about to recommend :)
May 4th, 2011 @ 6:04 pm
This is a powerful set of time savers. I know you guys do a great job with products, but this is such a cool thing to release. I have to try out the BG Renderer. Wow. That's impressive and I hope you guys keep up the level of work that you have provided here, as a great example. Interesting export AE Camera to 3d, I might be using a 3d program for rotating around an architectural model soon for a project. Also excited about the Smart Precomposer, I love experimenting with AE and this tool seems versatile. Once again, you guys did a great job and I couldn't be more impressed. Thanks for the tools.
May 4th, 2011 @ 6:53 pm
really Useful Sir.....
Thank you very much
May 4th, 2011 @ 7:02 pm
These Are really useful......
Thanks Andrew.... :)
May 4th, 2011 @ 8:20 pm
Freakin awesome, cheers mate!
May 4th, 2011 @ 8:40 pm
Great! Thanks :)
May 4th, 2011 @ 8:46 pm
When it rains it pours. Haven't heard from you in a while,and than all of a sudden, all these goodies. Thanks :^)
May 4th, 2011 @ 8:47 pm
Great stuff ... Now get back to blowing up a speed boat as it flies off a building.
May 4th, 2011 @ 9:47 pm
Very useful, great!
Thank you so much Andrew.
May 4th, 2011 @ 10:01 pm
Thanks Andrew.
Very useful stuff.
May 5th, 2011 @ 12:12 am
great thank you sir!
any word on CS5.5, maybe little review from the king Andrew ?
May 5th, 2011 @ 3:13 am
So, I use the "True Comp Duplicator" on a comp (lets say MASTER_COMP) and it has several sub-comps with their own comps inside of them, does it copy everything?
So if I would start working on "MASTER_COMP_2" and change a comp inside that comp, the original MASTER_COMP and its sub-comps would not be affected?

Thats a lot of comps there, haha.
    May 5th, 2011 @ 5:16 am
    That is correct, it will make a copy of the entire hierarchy. Will save you a lot of time when you need to make versions of a deeply nested comp. That is a lot of comps but thankfully with the script it's not a lot of work ;-)
May 5th, 2011 @ 3:15 am
Awensome as always!!!!!!
May 5th, 2011 @ 4:01 am
Thank all of you in VC. We really appreciate your work and help. Take care.
May 5th, 2011 @ 4:26 am
Sounds fantastic! One question - will this work for AE7?
May 5th, 2011 @ 4:54 am
Hi Andrew !

Thoses Scripts are great, especially when you open them and try to understand how it works =)

I have a question. I'm often working in 3D with 3DSmax, and recently I used your preset Sure Target 2, which is a very helpful preset. But the problem is that it creates "moving" information on a null object, not on the camera. So when I tried to import my camera path into 3DSmax with a similar script than you're offering here, it worked but the camera, unanimated, didn't work properly, cause of no information of mouvement.

So my question is the following one : how, with Sure Target, can I transform the "moving" information of my null object into "moving" information for my camera that will be used in 3DSmax after exporting ?

Thanks by advance for reading, and "bonne continuation !" as we say in french =P

You rock Andrew =)
    May 6th, 2011 @ 1:45 am
    Have you tried baking the camera?
    Sure Target has this feature located at the bottom - it will take a while, and create a camera with a lot of keys, but I guess it would work in 3ds max
    May 8th, 2011 @ 10:26 am
    Oh that's true !!
    Thanks a lot man, maybe it's gonna work ! I'll try this tonight and see if it can save my project, thank you a lot anyway =)
    May 12th, 2011 @ 1:04 am
    Np. hope it works :)
May 5th, 2011 @ 4:55 am
Can you make a tutorial of how to create this 3D titles with this super-mega colors?
May 5th, 2011 @ 5:09 am
Haha great! By the way Andrew, did you create the article image in 3d just for this? :)
Anil Sa
May 5th, 2011 @ 5:32 am
great inspiring tutorials can u suggest tutorials for adding sound effects to AE projects
May 5th, 2011 @ 6:30 am
Thanks, you safe my life! really helpful
May 5th, 2011 @ 6:30 am
thank's andrewww !!
thank's for all this scripts !!
May 5th, 2011 @ 7:05 am
see, now you'r doing it right. sharing you'r knowledge on a regular basis, instead of a few blog posts every 2 week or so.
if ppl were able to come here every week and expect new content, it would help you'r site grow.
at the moment, i'm willing to guess the majority of you'r visitors comes when a new tutorial is released -roughly around 1 each month.
Arthur Belair
May 5th, 2011 @ 7:22 am
The most awesome thing in that is the 3D image. I wish I could get my 3D text to look as good as this one!!!
Anyway, thanks a lot for sharing those scripts it will make people save a lot of time!!
    May 9th, 2011 @ 6:17 am
    Try out Blender for your 3D text. There are tons of tutorials on YouTube and on Blender's site to get you started with it.
May 5th, 2011 @ 9:07 am
I heard about a new program called "ND video editor" and something about "forget after affects" and "now final cutters will cry" in the propaganda.


I can't found the link
May 5th, 2011 @ 9:11 am
so good
I think I would use this
May 5th, 2011 @ 10:46 am
That's Cool.
Thanks Andrew.
May 5th, 2011 @ 11:42 am
I'm sure most of you already know, but you can render individual comps from AE in Adobe Media Encoder. So, in a sense, it acts as a background renderer. Just point it to the AE project and it will allow you to select a comp(s) from within your project. Sorry if this is common knowledge. Just thought I'd let everyone know.
May 5th, 2011 @ 12:01 pm
Hey thanks! This is very useful!!
May 5th, 2011 @ 5:52 pm
The save comp as project seems extremely useful, wow!
May 5th, 2011 @ 6:04 pm
Hey Andrew,
you could make video TUTORIAL like this
We want to see you man.
Think about it
See ya
May 5th, 2011 @ 6:05 pm
Hey Andrew,
you could make video TUTORIAL like this
We want to see you man.
Think about it
See ya
    May 6th, 2011 @ 7:56 am
    not really
    May 6th, 2011 @ 7:46 am
    Do you really think AK should change his hairdresser? :)
    (bad) Joke off.

    AK's tutorials exactly have what a perfect Tutorials needs:
    Teaching us in an efficient way, that's his Strength.

    I've never seen more tought-out Tutorials, so fluffy presented.
    That's the real great Job of AK and exactly that should be honored.

    my two cents.

May 6th, 2011 @ 1:09 am
I got juice all over my pc because of the save project as a comp script!!

haha... Andrew youre the best!
May 6th, 2011 @ 7:06 am
The last one is most useful.
May 6th, 2011 @ 10:44 am
There's a free plugin called UNCROP... works like motion tile, but try to create the lost part of an image, it sounds impossible but works fine.

Don't know if it runs in adobe products :/
May 6th, 2011 @ 11:04 am
A.K., Thank you so much for being the Mother Teresa of the AE People.

May 6th, 2011 @ 12:32 pm
AWESOME Now my only question is, is the script in the graphic just an "s" you extruded.
May 7th, 2011 @ 5:30 pm
Cool !!! .. Thanks for sharing it Mr. Kramer :)
May 7th, 2011 @ 10:58 pm
Very Great!
it's help ME!!! ... A lot
i don't know what can i say?
...i am Sorry.
May 8th, 2011 @ 6:09 pm
Workflow isn't boring, everything you write about is interesting and usefull, I want to see more tutorials about workflows, this helps alot man! Thank you Andrew!
May 9th, 2011 @ 3:28 am
Thanks a lot man :D
May 9th, 2011 @ 6:20 am
Andrew, you have done me a GREAT justice!!! Thank you!
May 9th, 2011 @ 8:37 am
I just wanted to throw a comment down. Thanks for finding these. You are a man of your trade. Now excuse me. I just popped in to grab something from the Medical Zoom tutorial.
May 9th, 2011 @ 9:04 am
These are incredibly helpful scripts! Thank you!
May 9th, 2011 @ 9:19 pm
Good, thank you!
May 10th, 2011 @ 5:16 am
I don't care what people say work flow tutorials and tips are the best! I think for the intermediate user looking to step up their game these are where it's at. Thanks for posting these.
May 10th, 2011 @ 10:33 am
Really awesome thank ya andrew!

Hope ya'll come up with a new blog show soon its great to learn and be entertained at the same time!
May 10th, 2011 @ 12:31 pm
awesome scripts!! all of my success is because of you! we're doing a new demon movie and i think that this will really help! click on my name and check out the blog for details, oh, and comment!
May 11th, 2011 @ 12:16 pm
True Comp Duplicator = key to life.
Jhon M.
May 11th, 2011 @ 1:53 pm
relly all there is in this page is amazing, Iam university and would like to knw the career that made ​​Andrew Kramer. please
anybody knw?
I want follow in his footsteps :D!!!
May 12th, 2011 @ 10:46 am
Awesome! I'm glad to see stuffs here on videocopilot! Keep together guys and continue to bombing us, ae users, with free and cheap stuffs :)
May 13th, 2011 @ 10:39 pm
i would like to invite all of you to my channel :)
May 14th, 2011 @ 1:33 am
oh yeah!! still the best mr.kramer! I'm impatient about your great project you're working on! greetings from France!
May 14th, 2011 @ 5:45 pm
Hey Andrew, check this out. REAL LIFE!
May 15th, 2011 @ 1:06 pm
Thanks a bunch dude. As a professional vfx artist, these scripts will go nicely with my others. Any way to make a project more efficient is worth loads. :)
May 18th, 2011 @ 3:32 am
okay.... I love VC and am/was super excited about there upcoming projects.....but when are we going to see something? I understand the AK is mega talented and his talent is getting him projects for motion pictures, but I am starting to forget about VC.

Is this the beginning of the end of VC?
    May 18th, 2011 @ 12:08 pm
    I feel the same
    May 19th, 2011 @ 7:50 am
    Yeah its very quiet around here lately, even in the comments section there seems to be fewer people each time. But I know one thing for sure, that the video copilot team is working hard a some new stuff. Andrew mentioned that a short while ago. They hired sound designers, 3D modelers and some PR people, (I think) and knowing Andrew, everything will have the quality that video copilot produces... I think he also mentioned that they are working on more than 1 plugin. Now imagine all the epic demo videos he has to make for those plugins, The tutorials that accompany the plugins as well and so forth. Obviously waiting sucks but I'm happy to wait and see what's next from these guys.
    C Luka
    May 19th, 2011 @ 10:09 am
    Agreed. I'm a web analyst by trade, and every sign points to a diminishing audience as a result of the lag between posts. Even a quick tip or trick would do a lot to hold the audience. This post was part of a flurry of activity around May 4th, and then *crickets.*
    May 19th, 2011 @ 12:14 pm
    Don't get me wrong, I love VC and have been a follower for years. I also know that AK is in high demand which is awesome for him, but sucks for VC Fans. A vid here and there of some behind the scenes stuff would be awesome. It would definitely keep the hype going.
    I still think this site rocks and AK is still the top dawg when it come to tutorials, nobody is as good at keeping a tutorial fun and entertaining as he is. AK if your reading this, your still the man!....... But a release date would be nice. ;)
May 19th, 2011 @ 1:05 am
Omg, Toby Turner just mentioned Video Copilot
May 19th, 2011 @ 3:08 am
Thank you very much for the info Andrew...

It would be amazing to see a tutorial about Linear and Logarithmic workflows with 'film out' in mind... there are a few on the web, but all af them are quite confusing...

thanx again....
May 20th, 2011 @ 3:10 am
I know about Super 8
    May 21st, 2011 @ 3:19 pm
    What do you mean?
خشايار صباغ زاده
May 20th, 2011 @ 10:10 pm
hi . i love :-*
May 22nd, 2011 @ 1:53 am
this is amazing on the single "JOHN" by lil wayne ft rick ross there is some elements of action essentials 2!!!and the video is pretty good!u're a genius kramer!!!!!
May 22nd, 2011 @ 5:12 am
Thanks for this pack!
June 9th, 2011 @ 12:17 am
Oh My Frigging Goat!
They look sweet all of them. I don't know how many times I've virtually torn my hair out making duplicates of comps and accidently working on the original nested comps.

You guys are saints!
wu yuan hao
June 25th, 2011 @ 4:49 pm
hai,i live in china.I looks your tutorial.I looks amazing.Thanks a lot.
July 7th, 2011 @ 6:46 am

Found this Gem the other day.... converts your AE cam to C4D... you can find the link to download somwheres on that page :)
August 30th, 2011 @ 2:44 am
You know what i like most about videocopilot ?? is that people here really wants to help and it's not just a website for money.
Thanks a ton for these useful scripts.
September 27th, 2011 @ 12:40 pm
Does any one know why the Ae scripts site is down. I really need that true comp duplicator scripts but the site isn't working...
March 18th, 2012 @ 10:37 pm
ae3d doesnt seems to be working anymore to export to maya!!!
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