When creating work in after effect I’m always trying to find ways to speed up my workflow and make things easier. So today I wanted to share some of my most used plugins and scripts that help me get the job done.
1. Motion 2
This plugin is my most used and biggest time saver. It's best feature is its easy ease sliders. Instead of going in and out of the graph editor you can make beautiful ease by just shifting a slider. Then add to that an anchor point shifter along with a bunch of other helpful tools. Of these extra tools there are two that stand out, a null creator and a key frame cloner. The first creates a null at the center point between all the selected layers and then parents them all to it. The second allows you to select multiple keyframes on multiple layers and without duplicating layers, basically copy and paste them to where your play head is currently.
Check it out at: www.mtmograph.com/motion/
This one is a simple little plugin but saves so much time. In one click you can create a new null, solid, shape or adjustment layer among others. What's also great is that it puts the layer just above an already selected layer or layers and trims its length to match.
Check it out at: www.aescripts.com/turbolayers/
3. Quick effects pallet
Quick effects pallet is a great customizable plugin that lets you make buttons for effects or presets. Great for things you do all the time like Fill or Levels. To customize you will need to do a bit of coding though. But the files give you a walkthrough which makes it pretty painless.
Check it out at: www.aenhancers.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1590
4. Dojo shifter
Sometimes you want heaps of layers animating on with a little delay or even a bit randomly. It can take a long time but with Dojo Shifter it’s a piece of cake. Select the amount of frames to offset each layer and press go. Alternately you can choose random and the amount of frames it randomises over which is great for quickly adding interest to you animation.
Check it out at: www.creativedojo.net/dojo-shifter-script/
5. BG renderer
Every time I render I use BG Renderer because it's one of the best scripts to speed up your workflow. When your render is ready to go you just click the button and it opens a window in terminal and starts plodding away. You can also continue working on your project when this is happening.
Check it out at: www.aescripts.com/bg-renderer/