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Release — Templater 2.9.0

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 include

Improved 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

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Questions, answers, and discussions about data sources compatible with Templater.

Authorise URL feed with API access token via Shell Script

Hey Ronan,

You have the ability to write a shell script on the “Pre-Data” event. See event [ 2a ] in our table of events that Templater broadcasts. In that script, you can run any commands needed to retrieve an API access token. Does this help?

For remote URL data sources, Templater supports Basic Authentication at the moment. How are you expecting to use the API access token once you retrieve it? Are you wanting to send it with request Templater makes? If so, I’m not sure that’s possible out of the box even with scripting. However, you should be able to get the API token via a shell script by registering it to the “Pre-Data” event.


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Questions, answers, and discussions about preparing After Effects projects for processing by Templater.

Multiple rows in the same composition

@keithvlk sorry for the confusion. Yes, you can swap the data in any and all comps within your project at one time. The limitation I was speaking of is the concept of a “target,” which is the comp that you can set Templater to automatically render once the swap is complete. You can only have one “target” per row of data, but you can swap the data, then add all of your layouts to the render queue manually-- this skips needing to use Templater’s automatic rendering, but it still saves you a significant amount of time tediously swapping the copy for all of those layers.

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Questions, answers, and discussions about batch rendering and replicating re-versioned After Effects compositions.

Fallback Font

@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.

Bot events.

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Questions, answers, and discussions about Templater's automation extensibility and integration.

Event script to update render-status on URL feed


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’.


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Questions, answers, and discussions about deploying Templater Bot onto servers

CLI Error: "Window does not have a constructor"

Yes using -ui helps, I wasn’t aware I needed that for the bot function.

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Examples of Templater used by creative studios, broadcast, and application developers.

Case Study: Hudl

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.

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