FX Console Utility Graphics

Our new workflow utility now has some graphics!

Introducing FX Console our new plug-in for After Effects that has been slowly developed over time as my personal utility to improve my workflow. It offers a variety of small features that make a big difference for people who spend a lot of time working in After Effects!

Right now we are working on some last minute OS X bugs and will be publishing as soon as it’s ready!

We look forward to releasing it soon for Free!

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3 years ago
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115 Comments

Sam
2 years ago
I've been using this plugin for a few months now and I came into the office this morning and started my machine. After I tried to open an AE project that I was working on yesterday I got 2 error messages.
1 - After Effects error: Unexpected data type.
2 - After Effects error: crash occurred while invoking plug-in “FX Console”.

Then AE automatically quits. Are there any solutions for this???
My email is sbass@maxmedia.com
2 years ago
Just Wow! Thank you so much!
I would like to have that in my house. FX console
Fayaz
2 years ago
Just Wow! Thank you so much!
2 years ago
this is great overall but I have some issues, sometimes the dialog window doesn't pop up and I have to press the shortcut repeatedly until it does, also I tried to save a preset for an effect but when I try to set it as the override it doesn't come up
2 years ago
very goooooood.
nice.
2 years ago
I would like to have that in my house. FX console
Suzanne
2 years ago
Hey, just looking in on my favorite AfterEffects professor. This FX Console sounds dope!

But, where is it? Is there a button that is only available to secret subscribers? Please please please tell me?

I can give you a puppy if you tell me where it is...
Marcus Arnett
2 years ago
Who came here because of Captain Disillusion?
ben
2 years ago
How do I assign a shortcut to open it. I had a look at the AE shortcut txt file in prefs but looks way too complicated for me to mess with it.
ashish anand
2 years ago
we are missing your mannequin challenge.
2 years ago
i follow you always to make sure I'm not out of date! thank you Andrew!
2 years ago
Video Copilot Para sempre !
https://youtu.be/tV6s_f-xjN8
Mladen
2 years ago
can you add an option to run scripts?
Marcel
2 years ago
Hi,

first of all - thx for making free PlugIn´s available to us.

I still got that issue -> Main popup was hidden behind other panels for some people
But for me, the popup doesn´t pop up anywhere at all.

Pls help, I love the idea so much :)
2 years ago
hi andrew
we are lucky to discover your site
thanks a lot
ayariga
2 years ago
waoooow i really love you guys your work and i follow you always to make sure I'm not out of date! thank you Andrew!
2 years ago
Great job.
2 years ago
thank you. i used to work.
Tomáš Strejček
2 years ago
Hello Andrew,

I have been watching you since day one. And I wanna personally thank you for your hard work. I am in business some quite time and have to say, its always hard to find the right people, the one who works with love, pation and this reflectts in their work. These people they are not doing it because money or because their employer told them to. They do that because when they are not working and pushing them to next level, they are bored, they feel kinda weird. From my position I do motivate people, I do the time planning and I have to choose right people for the projects and I gotta tell you... this plugin is lifesaver in so many ways, that a whole AE community can´t thank you enough. So, thank you very much for! I wish to you and your family, all the best!
Jason Robinson
2 years ago
Sorry I'm a bit confused, has it already been released and where can I get it on the site? Thank you much!
Jawad Ahmed
2 years ago
Pretty dope plugin Andrew, but I am facing this problem. I use dual monitor setup and I have the video preview on my main monitor while I have the effects panel, control, timeline, and the rest of the stuff on the other monitor. Now while I have my mouse over to my timeline and I press the shortcut key shift+space(I changed it form ctrl+space) it doesn't show up, which is hindering the overall usability of the plugin!! While I have the mouse over on my composition preview window and I press the shortcut, it does show up then! Is there a fix for this? Or am I the only one facing this problem? BTW I am using AE CC 2015 and I am on windows, if that helps.
Ting
2 years ago
Hi Andrew,
I'm using a power mac with OS 10.9 and aftereffect CS5.5.
After I installed the FX console plug-in, it got crashed everytime when I pressed Ctrl+Space...
While I found the Fx console.jsx under the "Window" tab, I can open the console UI with this way but it still got dead and can't use any function of it (Buttons on it stay freeze when I pressed it)
Is my OS or aftereffect version too old for it?

Anyway, that's a great plug-in especially for the PC user!
2 years ago
Extremely helpful and so simple ! Thanks!

And While I was here taking your free stuff, I spent a couple hundred bucks on Shockwave/Motion Pulse and Heat Distortion

ALL GREAT Thanks!
ryan
2 years ago
This is awesome and I've already saved time using it. Thank you!

Question: where are the settings for the plugin saved? I would like to setup on one machine and move those settings to an identical machine.

Also, will we hopefully be able to apply effects to multiple layers at the same time?

Awesome work!
Fahad
2 years ago
Is this only for CC?
Johary
2 years ago
Hey Andrew,

Thank you for all of your work and for this wonderful tool.
However, I have a litlle problem using it because I'm using a french version of AE CC so FX console doesn't show me all the effect. For example : the ramp effect ( gamme des dégradés ) is listed but not written. There's a blank space in my list.

Is it possible to fix this ?
    2 years ago
    Yes, this was a fun bug and I think we have a solution. Doing more testing and will update V1.0.1 soon! Along with a few other menu bugs!
YooGle Sharma
2 years ago
Its an owesome Plugin...
But whenever I hover mouse on the plugin settings or anywhere else on plugin's window, it starts flickering...
Also it caused an error "After Effects Not Responding"...
2 years ago
Hey Andrew,

Thanks for making the plugin, as a person who prefers to never move his wrists from the keyboard this is going to make life wunderbar,

However I'm getting an issue, I've got the latest version of AE (2015.3) on Mac El Capitan and the plugin works fine except for it's saving capability.

I've followed your instructions on the tutorial, however, It doesn't seem to be saving favourites, and shortcuts tend to disappear after a minute or so (Haven't worked out what's causing it yet)

Wondering if anyone has encountered this yet?

Awesome plugin though!
    2 years ago
    I think we have tracked down this issue and should have an update for this tomorrow! Best!
Hendi
2 years ago
Hey Andrew, I'm having a problem with this plugin on a Mac, when I press the shortcut button it doesn't appear the search box just like you did, probably because Mac don't have "ctrl" button?? it only has a "command" button, I pressed that but nothing happes? :\
Andy
2 years ago
Hey Andrew,
Great plug-in! I can find so much use for it. :)
I've spotted a couple of technical problems though. Installed it on my Mac system with CC2014 version. When I use the shortcut The menu panel for FX Console appears behind my AE panel. I've only realised when I shifted my AE window to the left and there it was FX console. Is there a way to fix this? I know in the sample trailer the panel appeared on top of everything else.
Jason
2 years ago
Whenever I have a new project, I end up spending way too much time setting up my layout and scripts and try to figure out the best workflow. I am super excited to see what this new toy is going to be.

I cry a single tear every time I check the website and there hasn't been an update. ;)
David DeCorso
2 years ago
Andrew you are amazing
Saini
2 years ago
waiting long time
Adam
2 years ago
is it for Windows too ?
    Chris
    2 years ago
    All of Andrew's plugins are for Windows and Mac.
Creatif Sanju
2 years ago
New Plugin WOW

we are waiting for it..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NouhWQfF9Ls
Abdul
2 years ago
I hope it's portable so I can take it with my MacBook ;)
Igor Nilsen
2 years ago
Almost as excited as before opening christmas presents!
2 years ago
Wow !!!
Waiting for final version Andrew!

Good luck man ;)

Digiphic Studio
http://www.digiphic.com
Redo
2 years ago
sv_cheats 1
Chris
2 years ago
This box reminds me of a guitar fx processor..hmmm
Dave
3 years ago
Now that I use after effects on a daily basis professionally I get WAY more excited about workflow plug ins and scripts. Don't get me wrong, love the Saber and Vibrance type stuff but anything that gets me home sooner than later gets me amped. Looking forward to it.
    Duncan
    2 years ago
    Same here! :)
    Alex
    2 years ago
    I use AE daily too as a pro motion graphics artist and I haven't used Saber once :(

    On the other hand, VC Color Vibrance is a really useful tool I use quite frequently and at least one in two projects have at least a bit of Element in them.

    I am quite intrigued by the "Workflow Plugin" aka FX Console and curious what's all about and how it can make me work faster. I've reached a point where I've written my own scripts to help me with batch exports I do quite frequently, so I totally understand you ...
    Jesse
    2 years ago
    @Alex
    Same with me when it comes to Color Vibrance! I love that little plug-in. So great for creating that "electric" intense color
Duncan
3 years ago
Awesome Andrew, looking forward to it!
Christopher
3 years ago
Thanks Andrew for showing all of us the new workflow plug-in at last night at DMLA.
I'm personally going to BLACKLIST a ton of stuff.

As for everyone else: It rocks. Can't WAIT to start using it!
3 years ago
How big is the box? I just want to make sure I have enough room on my desk. ;)
3 years ago
Também espero anteciosamente esse plugin, obrigado.
Meus Trabalhos com Element 3D aqui no Brasil!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IENAmT3MevE
Fatmir
3 years ago
    3 years ago
    did you start out in Daz 3d before you went to element?
    Fatmir
    2 years ago
    Yes Corey :D
Ron
3 years ago
Hey guys I found this new awesome script.
https://videohive.net/item/nt-scripts/18406977?s_rank=1
Jihed
3 years ago
Haha, can't wait to see that plugin that you didn't want to share and be "burried with"!
Maybe you didn't want to share it because it is useless and people gonna say "Woah! such a disappointment, Andrew!"
One more reason to release it free?
Just kidding :v
    Fred
    3 years ago
    what a weird comment.
    Brendan Eric Johanson
    2 years ago
    I agree, but I find it lol, Freddy.
3 years ago
Saw this demo at DMALA, it's going to help out my workflow tremendously. Thanks AK.
Nicholas Lambourne
3 years ago
Looking forward to this one. Should make my job a little easier and give me more time to experiment with new effects and plugins
3 years ago
I'm sure it would be a lot better than the release of the iPhone 7. Hell, I'm sure it will be and have more new features than that Phone!
Damian
3 years ago
As usual awesome, thnaks Andrew for being such an inspiration for all of us !!
MrAurora
3 years ago
why not just scrap the osx support ? You know, cuz, well, if it it looks like crap and it smells like crap, then it's probably an apple product ? i have an iphone to prove it !

get ready - here comes the flaming !

Couldn't resist. The door was open, I just walked thru...
    LWAddict
    3 years ago
    Fee Fye Fo Fum...
    I smell Troll
    Bill Belichick
    2 years ago
    I disagree. My Surface tablet sucks.
Dan H.
3 years ago
Joehoeoeoeoeoeoeoe !
sam koreyah
3 years ago
WOW
JT
3 years ago
I can't wait!!
Are you going to speak about the plug-in at the seminar in Tokyo next month?

I really love your plug-in!
Especially E3D!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrVvsSQukTc
    Justin
    3 years ago
    Your works are awesome. Will subscribe at youtube. How you will share the tutorial next time. Good job.
Jason Dominic Lanza
3 years ago
Seriously, I can't think of a more generous sincere man than Andrew Kramer. Simply a joy and a personal inspiration to me to have him around and learn from. Tremendous Respect Andrew, Thank You Dude!!!
Yusuf
3 years ago
Can't wait to see what it can do, thanks guys
Simon Thorley
3 years ago
Simply can't wait, you're like Wonka tapping on the gates of his factory looking at his watch.
3 years ago
Hi Andrew,
you are not alone. We planned a music clip and the AE post production took three time longer as imagined. The trouble is in the detail. Maybe with your announced tool it take only two times longer. Thanx in advance. But a tip from an "old" designer. Do not be so impatient to announce it. So you don't have to complain (and to work at night to finish it). Thanx for your great tools!
The music clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCkxo0dZKhI
    3 years ago
    Nice work Hendrik
    KC at NIU
    3 years ago
    Great work Hendrik and a really nice toe-tapping song from the band. Reminds me a bit of Katrina & The Waves. Lots of luck with it.

    Oh, and I love that she's listening to The Girl from Ipanema on the ship! LOL. It's part of an old joke with some of my friends. If any two of us are in an elevator, no matter how full, one will start whistling the song and the other will join in. Someone will ask, "What is that song?" and we respond together "Megadeath". Yeah, kind of silly.
3 years ago
Things I hope it has-

1) AK's personal camera rig(s)
2) A way to make adjustment layers approximate a node based work flow - to be able to adjust setting for multiple clips on the fly with out precomping.
3) Turns the AE 3D workspace into a true infinite work space.

Too much to ask? :)
    3 years ago
    Sounds like Nuke is a better fit for you :) It was for me lol
Rich
3 years ago
Heyyyyy!! Kramer for president!!!!!!!!
MASTERKOALA
3 years ago
Thanks for youporn Halloween gift🎃
    Jones
    3 years ago
    Best auto-correct ever.
    James
    3 years ago
    I wonder how hes been spending his time whilst waiting for This plugin.
3 years ago
Thanks again Andrew, not sure what it is, but like everything you put out there, I'm sure it'll be useful... and you can't complain about a free plugin right? (right people?)
Nevermind, you just know they're going to complain.
Abdirahman Ahmed
3 years ago
    Yusuf
    3 years ago
    Nice work
    3 years ago
    Nice Render
Edu Soler
3 years ago
Thanks Andrew.....you are a person who has helped me a lot with your tutorials
Kevin
3 years ago
FINALLY! A plugin that's actually useful. The hours I've spent making TIE fighters shoot lasers. At barrels. On roofs. Might actually be able to get some work done now. 8^P

Thanks Andrew.
Benjamin
3 years ago
I honestly thought for the longest time that this was a prank and it wasn't going to be about workflow and it was going to be something else, its just he gave so much background info that he never does, and said AE workflow so much its just a little suspicious!
    Benjamin
    3 years ago
    #brokenenglish
    LWAddict
    3 years ago
    #itsokwegotit
    #thumbup
VFX4life
3 years ago
50% teasing and 50% hype = 100% satisfaction when it releases....hopefully soon. Thanks again Kramer for all the hard work you endure to ensure we get quality products. I'd rather wait a little than to get a buggy plug-in that always needs updating.
pink top
3 years ago
it seems i need to get console each time while waiting for plugins here. whats the name of the plugin again?
korre
3 years ago
curiosity tickles me
eilon hay
3 years ago
again and again I cant thank you enough you awesome awesome guy
3 years ago
Looks like it goes to 11. :)
FloFX
3 years ago
Another Free PlugIn??? Thx AEGodAK
mickeditor
3 years ago
A plugin for plugins ? A console ?
I'm not sure to understand what this new present is....
Someone can explain please ?
LeBird
3 years ago
…whaaaaattt…?

/fear, excitement, curiosity, eyebrow raise
3 years ago
To those desperate to get their hands on it, please console yourselves guys,
GhayRat
3 years ago
I am looking forward to this plugin, and it is free! Thank you very much Andrew and Videocopilot. You are the best!
Lebret Philippe
3 years ago
Andrew K for Président !!!!!!!...'cause you're the master K !!!
Der Michel
3 years ago
Is this stuff also wireless available?
3 years ago
You always make me crazy!! Love u
Ibrahim Mohammed
3 years ago
Mehhhhh
Ibrahim Mohammed
3 years ago
What is this now
Michel Dumont
3 years ago
It will be à great gift for all your fans. Merci Andrew
The waiter
3 years ago
I CAN wait!
Blake Rizzo
3 years ago
Will it come with the element 3d model of the Console? :)
Desu
3 years ago
I can't wait
Jason
3 years ago
I can't wait!!!!
Any eta on when this will get released? (So I don't have to keep refreshing every 36 minutes?) ;)
    Desu
    3 years ago
    I can't wait...................
    2 years ago
    On background rendering using aerender.exe "After Effects Error:Crash occured while invoking plug-in "FX Console"" ; Now render actually seems to finish the frames, just getting this error at the end. This is the 1.01 release of FX Console. Thanks Alan.