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New Features & Improvements in Templater 2.8
Composition layers can be swapped with other project comps Users can now specify project compositions in Templater’s data source to swap with pre-composition layers. Within the data source, wrap composition names with double-brace notation to specify project comps to be swapped with pre-comp layers marked with the Templater Settings effect.
Unicode support for event script arguments Command line arguments for event scripts can now include UTF-8 character encoding. Prior to version 2.8.0, event scripts would not properly execute if arguments passed to them contained special unicode characters.
Option to execute shell scripts asynchronously Users now have a choice to execute shell scripts registered to Templater events either synchronously or asynchronously. To enable asynchronous execution of a registered event script, tick the checkbox for that event in the “Register Shell Scripts with Events” dialog.
Auto-import Templater job data as JSON footage Use Templater’s job data as a footage item within the After Effects project file. When enabled within Templater’s preferences, a JSON footage item will appear within AE’s Project panel as Templater reads from the data source. Note that this feature is in an experimental phase as Adobe irons out bugs with their implementation of JSON footage items.
Auto-remove the Templater Settings effect from all layers in replicas Users sending replicas of target compositions to Adobe Media Encoder can enable a new preference to remove the Templater Settings effect from all layers within a replica. Note that enabling this feature will slow down the replication process and populate After Effects’ “File > Open Recent” menu with paths to those replicas.
Improved support for South Asian and Middle Eastern languages In AE versions 14.2 and later, Templater no longer attempts to do any character reversing for text written in languages with right-to-left transcription. Users should enable the “South Asian and Middle Eastern” preference within After Effects’ main preferences dialog under “Type”.
Fixed issue with sibling layers attached to TextBox layers Fixed a bug related to Templater’s attachment feature for text layers constructed as a TextBox (i.e. clicking and dragging with AE’s Type tool). After upgrading to After Effects 15.1.1, and using Templater 2.7.1, layers would not attach properly to sibling text layers constructed as a text box.
Fixed issue with project file retrieval When Templater’s data source referenced After Effects project files — using the ‘aep’ column or property — it would close the current project file even when the next, consecutive job referenced that same file. In version 2.8.0 when consecutive jobs reference the same project file, Templater keeps processing that file without closing it first.
Questions, answers, and discussions about preparing After Effects projects for processing by Templater.
@cmoyer What kind of layers are the ones that seem to hang up? Audio? Video? Stills? Precomps? Is it always the same layers or footage sources, or does it change? If you remove any precomps (leaving only footage) does it still stall?
If you’re able to do a screen recording, that’d be really helpful, for you to demonstrate your project setup. If you don’t want to share it publicly, you can submit a ticket
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 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.
Templater Bot Deployment
Questions, answers, and discussions about deploying Templater Bot onto servers
@v_47 You will want to make use of Bot’s command line interface, but you will effectively only be able to “push” data into the project files, rather than have Templater “watch” and “pull” data into the project file. See this thread to learn more about the differences. With the CLI, you can run Templater against any data set and any template simply by changing the templater-options.json file each time you invoke the CLI.
Alternatively, you could make use of the special aep column header in your sheet to switch between project files on a per-row basis, but when Bot is in “pull” mode, it watches a single data source. This means that multiple sheets would need to be pulled into a master sheet. Obviously this get a bit unwieldy. In that case, you could forgo the idea of a spreadsheet, and setup some kind of server that responded with JSON object arrays — each object in an array could have a different set of properties that would match to the various layers from different AEP files.
Please let us know if you have any further questions.