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New Features & Improvements in Templater 2.9
Previewing Made Easy | A new Transport section in the Templater panel makes previewing easier, allowing you to quickly iterate between rows or objects within your selected range. See our updated Previewing a Composition topic for more information.
Quickly Access your Files | You can now click the icon buttons next to Data, Footage and Destination to open the specified location.
New Streamlined Layout | Rig your projects faster and more intuitively with Templater’s new and improved user interface.
A New Way to Handle Empty Cells & Null Values | You can now treat empty cells and null values as faulty. This allows you to use the When Templater cannot find or import referenced footage… preference to handle these entries. See Handling Faulty Footage References and Missing Footage for more information.
Other improvements includeImproved messaging when enabling Bot from the command line Fixed a bug for specifying the JSON polling interval via the command line Reduced startup time on floating licensing builds
Questions, answers, and discussions about data sources compatible with Templater.
It should work, yes. Keep in mind that when you use the CLI, it’s essentially a synchronous process because you cannot execute more than one AE instance at any given time. If that is not an issue, then it will work perfectly.
However if you plan on having concurrent CLI calls, then you might consider using the CLI to “Enable Bot” and have Bot “watch” the data source. If your data object contains a “render-status” property and it’s set to “ready” then Templater will process that job. In this way, you can have you app keep writing to the data.json file with new objects and then Templater will just pick them up.
There is another forum post that describes the different deployment techniques. Take a read through that one and see if it helps you understand the broader methods for architecting your solution.
Questions, answers, and discussions about batch rendering and replicating re-versioned After Effects compositions.
@rens Unfortunately AE’s API access to the character palette is extremely limited, so your best bet would be to create a pre-job script that copies your master AEP and opens the project in AE, to run Templater off of the copy instead of the master. This will leave your master always untouched. In the instance that a missing glyph breaks one project, it won’t break all of the subsequent projects. You could also try running an ExtendScript that updates the font on that layer on the post-update event every time, but I think that could be more problematic.
Templater Event Scripts
Questions, answers, and discussions about Templater's automation extensibility and integration.
I’m working on a front-end application that generates a JSON URL feed for use with the bot. I also have a nodeJS script that updates the render-status property on the server for a given rowID. I’m wondering which are the appropriate events on which to call the script to update the render-status of each job JSON object to ‘queued’, then ‘processing’, then ‘done’.
Templater Bot Deployment
Questions, answers, and discussions about deploying Templater Bot onto servers
There is a Non-breaking space (Hex: A0) not a normal space (Hex: 20) between “48” and “kHz” for “AVI DV NTSC 48 kHz” and “AVI DV PAL 48 kHz”.
I copied the name of the output module from the preferences of the output modules to an editor with a hex representation and found it there.
So my workaround is now, that during the creation of the templater-options.json I check the output modules names for these and replace the space character with the “correct” one.
Beware: “AIFF 48 kHz” has normal space between 48 and kHz.
As a side note:
Beware: Templater-options.json has to be encoded in utf8. Conversion might loose these space differences.
Templater Case Studies
Examples of Templater used by creative studios, broadcast, and application developers.
David Graff, John Wirtz, and Brian Kaiser founded Hudl in 2006 with the goal of capturing and adding value to every moment in athletics. Using their computer science backgrounds, the University of Nebraska sports fanatics built a platform that would enable coaches and players to review, annotate, and share game video across multiple platforms and devices. Their hard work paid off.
With 130,000 sports outfits subscribing to their software worldwide—including NFL, NHL, and NBA teams, and an exponentially growing number of high school teams signing up every season—Hudl recently secured $72.5 million in a single Stage B funding round for a total valuation of $250 million. They expect this fall to be their busiest ever with 30,000 varsity high school football teams subscribing at a minimum of $800 per year for their cheapest package!
Several times a year, Hudl holds a company-wide event called Skunkworks, modeled after the fabled Lockheed Martin creative think-tank that produced some of the company’s most innovative solutions. One of their teams wanted to address the “cookie-cutter” sameness of the popular highlights feature favored by athletes and recruiters. Developers Casey Batemen, Joel Hensley, and Kelly Herrington discovered Templater Bot, and found the best turnkey solution for making their highlight reels standout.
Hudl successfully integrated Templater Bot into its robust video automation platform, and will soon roll out the Video Goodness product feature — enabling every team or athlete to have their own customized ESPN-quality highlight reel created in just a few minutes. The feature is eagerly awaited, and should make a huge splash when it goes live just in time for football season.
Templater Bot’s coding-friendly API and ability to turn huge amounts of data into highly customized and individualized bulk renders allowed Hudl developers to clear some of their most challenging implementation and logistical hurdles.
We are blown away by Hudl’s ingenious use of Templater in their pipeline and wish them continued success! We look forward to partnering on more solutions in the future.