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  • ariestav

    Unfortunately, yes text animators can throw off Templater’s layout logic. You will like have to tweak the animator’s params based on how the data looks for various jobs. Does the issue show up each time you preview? To gain a clearer sense, can you post a short screencast or GIF capture?

    Thanks,
    Arie

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  • ariestav

    Many thanks for these details. They will help us troubleshoot. It does seem strange that retrieval begins at 12:26:47, but then the next message that reads Now rendering target for rows 1 through 5 is stamped 39 seconds after that @ 15:27:26. We will try to reproduce — are you using any kind of authentication scheme for the remote JSON feed?

    Thanks,
    Arie

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  • ariestav

    @Singit Thank you for the clarification. Maybe AE is taking its time to prepare for actual rendering — loading output modules, render settings, etc.? Are you certain that the issue is related to data retrieval? We have noted the issue and will try to reproduce it.

    I have seen cases where the CLI can take much longer to complete when rendering due to Templater making use of AE’s render engine. When you launch AE’s with its GUI normally, it’s likely that its rendering engine modules are loaded automatically, but via the cli it can feel like it’s the cause of delay. With replication, there is no use of AE’s rendering engine — the layers are invalidated with new data and then the project is copied to a new file, so it is speedier in execution.

    What do the time stamps in templater.log file say?

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  • ariestav

    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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  • ariestav

    @Singit this is a known issue with the CLI and JSON polling intervals. We have addressed it, fixed it, and it is in the 2.9 release which we’ll announce tomorrow — Feb. 25, 2019. In that release, with the CLI, Bot’s polling rate can low as 0.5 minutes in the 2.9 release. Thank you for your patience as we make our product more robust.

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  • ariestav

    Hi there,

    Just following up to the support ticket you submitted regarding the error. This usually means there is a “stretch” parameter that is set within the Templater Settings effect that cannot work for the dynamic layer. Are any of your layers making use of any Templater Settings effect’s Time group of controls?

    Thanks,
    Arie

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  • ariestav

    Google Sheets is really the data source type that always has these strange issues with what can and cannot be in the header. Other data source types (JSON and TSV) do not have this issue.

    You can see all the “reserved names” that you use in your data source that are NOT related to actual composition layers. You can also checkout the “warning” in the “Mapped Data” page to see the documentation re: Google Sheets problems.

    Glad you got it working, and I hope this helps!

    Best,
    Arie

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  • ariestav

    The effect can be as deeply nested as you need it to be. You can see which layers Templater “recognizes” as dynamic via the log file. Click on “Show Log”, then click preview and then inspect the log to see if Templater picked up the layer. Don’t forget that with google sheets data sources you cannot use underscores in column names and the header name cannot start with a numeral. Does this help?

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  • ariestav

    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.

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  • ariestav

    @ridvan can you try with a file that does not have spaces or parenthesis in its name? Does it exhibit the same behavior?

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