Rendering multiple comps from a single AE project
Hi, I’m new to Templater and I’m still learning the ropes. I have the trial version right now to see if it will work for my company’s needs.
The way my current projects work is that I am given details for a set of videos needed by our client. There is one set of details (text and images) which then are rendered out in 10 different resolutions. Same content, just different sized videos to be displayed on different screen sizes.
Is Templater able to render out all 10 sizes? Or ideally, specifically selectable sizes? From the documentation and videos I’ve looked at, it seems like all of the case studies are for 1 comp/resolution with multiple versions/content. While I will need to make multiple versions/content depending on the client’s requests, each of those requests will have 10 exported videos for each of the 10 sizes/resolutions. I hope that makes sense.
Thanks for the help!
Templater can absolutely accommodate what you’re describing here. We’ll simply need to create a separate comp for each resolution/layout option and then designate which one should be rendered using the target reserved column in our Data Source.
By default, Templater will render the target comp specified in the Preferences panel or a default comp designated with double curly braces. However, both of these settings can be superseded by using a target value in our Data Source.
Once this value is set, Templater should render that specific comp rather than the ones set through the previously outlined methods. Using this technique, we should be able to create multiple target comps in different resolutions and then designate the render target through our Data Source. I’d recommend taking a look at this article from our support site:
for more information, and if you have any questions, please feel free to let us know.
@jeff Thank you! I still haven’t gotten around to actually rendering anything out yet, but I’m getting there. I think this was the final thing I needed before I moved on to figuring out rendering. I just needed to make sure it would work before I got too deep in the process.
@jeff One other question: Is it possible to list multiple comps in a single “target” cell? (I’m using Google Sheets for now). Or is the way that Templater works is by seeing 1 row as 1 rendered video? In which case, I’d like to find a way to speed up entering the data on the sheet, but that will come later. Thanks!
Due to the complexity of the information that can be contained in a single row of data in Google Sheets, Templater is pretty much limited to one row per render.
As far as speeding up the data entry, it should be possible to use some of the scripting, macros, and formulas available in Google Sheets to duplicate one row with the different options you’ll need, especially if they remain static for each output.
If the aspect ratio remains the same throughout, it might also be possible to output one video and then use a post-processing tool like FFMPEG to re-render the output into multiple resolutions. However, given the complexity involved in that sort of process, it will probably be easier just to duplicate the rows in Google Sheets.
@jeff That makes sense. And unfortunately the aspect ratio is different for all the sizes, so it’s not as simple as just scaling the video.
I’m going to make another post to see if anyone here uses Coda.io to generate JSON files. We use Coda with our client to submit project requests, so I’m thinking I may be able to make a document with that service to make a JSON file with all the variations.
Thanks again for your help.