batch shot-sources (stitching/merging files)
The number of shots/clips differs per video/layer source. Is there a way to batch-load them sequentially?
Lets say for example Shot 1 consists of 3 different files that have to be stitched together? Could be more or fewer files per source. In my case the number of video files are different for each render.
I know its more in the video editing domain. If not with Templater possibly something that can be done in shell or ExendScript?
This sort of thing can be done using Time Sculpting and a special “dummy” video file to trick After Effects into creating a zero-frame video.
You can refer to this post for more detailed information, but basically, you’ll want to create a video file that is EXACTLY two frames long and double the default composition’s frame rate. AE will interpret a single frame video as an image, but with two frames, you should get something that’s read as a video but is short enough to “disappear” when swapped into your project.
Once that’s done, you’ll want to use Time Sculpting to attach your videos to each other and resize the project, so the in point and out point adjust as necessary.
Finally, you’ll want to swap in your “dummy” video whenever you want one of the other footage layers to be removed. So if you wanted to only have two videos in Shot 1, you’d reference mario-toad-house.mp4, mkart-moo-lap.mp4, and dummy.mp4. The “dummy” video would shrink the third video to essentially nothing, giving you a comp with only two vids.
Hopefully, that makes sense, but if you have any other questions, please feel free to let us know.
Thanks! Very clear