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  • Jon

    Hello! A quick tip on how to fade audio with Templater via an expression. Since Templater can dynamically swap a wide variety of media sources of varying lengths, you can’t count on keyframes to be able to accommodate the variation of durations for consistent fade-outs of audio tracks. Here’s a sample of how to do that. Apply this expression to the Audio Levels.

    fadeTime = 30; //frames for fade
    audio.audioLevelsMin = -48; 
    audio.audioLevelsMax = audio.audioLevels[0];
    layerDuration = outPoint - inPoint;
    singleFrame = thisComp.frameDuration;
    animateOut = linear(time, (outPoint - framesToTime(fadeTime+1)), (outPoint-singleFrame), audio.audioLevelsMax, audio.audioLevelsMin);
    [animateOut,animateOut];
    

    In this example, the expression takes the audio level you’ve set and fades to -48 db over 30 frames (assuming 30fps composition, that is 1 second).

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  • Jon

    @cmoyer

    Testing the collapse transformations issue, it looks like any effect (not limited to the Templater Settings effect) that you apply to that precomp will break or change your collapse transformation in unexpected ways. There is something weird happening in the way that AE applies effects to collapsed precomps. I’m not entirely sure of a way around this issue.

    From Adobe’s help (with my highlights):

    “When a closed mask (with mask mode other than None), a layer style, or an effect is applied to a nested composition with collapsed transformations, the layers in the nested composition are first rendered on their own, then masks and effects are applied, and then the result is composited into the main composition. This rendering order means that the blending modes of the nested layers are not applied to any underlying layers in the main composition, and that 3D layers above and below the collapsed layer cannot intersect or cast shadows on each other.”

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  • Jon

    @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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  • Jon

    @zen169

    Hi Jean-Michel, we are working on adding a new feature that will make this easier, but in the meantime, if you want to access a value from your data, you need to connect the value to a text layer, then enable expressions for the slider and connect the slider to the sourceText value of the text layer, and wrap it in parseInt() to convert the string to an integer that the slider control effect can read. It would look like:

    parseInt(comp("your comp name").layer("your text layer name").text.sourceText)
    

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  • ariestav

    @cmoyer Thank your for the detailed screencast. We had not encountered that error prior and thank you for bringing it to attention. Does the image buffer error occur only on layers with .aif sources, or layers with any audio source? Are you able to try a .wav or .mp3?

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  • ariestav

    Many thanks for the putting together the screencast. That helps a great deal. It will help us to reproduce the error if you can share with us an AEP perhaps with a very simplistic representation of the overall project you are currently working with. Is there any way you can forward that onto us? We are happy to look into the bug and then address it. At the same time we’ll look at the adjustment layer issue.

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  • ariestav

    @cmoyer It’s difficult to say that Templater would be the problem. Templater Settings does not inherently affect any of the source pixel of the layer, but that doesn’t mean it cannot be the issue. However, this is the first we have heard of this. What happens if you pre-comp just the footage item layer then apply the Templater Settings effect to that single layer in the pre-comp. Then, you can nest that pre-comp within the composition containing your adjustment layers. Does that help? Can you attach a screenshot of your composition thus far?

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  • ariestav

    @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.

    Thanks!

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  • Jon

    @v_47 Hello!

    You are very close to getting it working. Underscores are reserved characters for Google Sheets, so using them in the titles of column headings won’t work. If you remove those or replace them with a dash, that should resolve the issue. There are a few other caveats about Google Sheets than you can read about in the notes here.

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  • Jon

    Hi @Rens In After Effects, try doing Edit > Purge > All media and disk cache. It’s possible that there were old cached frames that still had the watermark, or perhaps there was a moment before the Templater license check happened where some frames loaded with the watermark. Let us know whether that resolves the issue.

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