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    @Ryan

    Absolutely. It’s what the “Fit Image Style” option in Templater Effect Panel does. There are two options: Fill (Cropped) and Letterbox (No Cropping). Fill will expand the image until it fills the entire frame, whereas Letterbox will keep the image constrained to the Comp proportions. If you have any additional questions about Templater, please just let us know.

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  • Jeff Jeff

    @Neil-González

    It’s definitely going to depend on how the data is collected and what you’re trying to achieve. You could certainly render each worksheet individually and then combine them into a final master project, but you could also merge all of the data into one large sheet to create a ‘flat’ JSON file. That may allow you to combine the scenes without having to render or replicate the project multiple times. Instead, you could theoretically create sub-comps and then use the Time Sculpting features of Templater to resize the individual sections as necessary.

    After looking at the data in your JSON example, you might consider a setup where you create a series of blank videos or comps of variable durations and then load them with the ‘duration’ data point. You could then use Time Sculpting to trim the image and text to that blank placeholder’s duration as needed. Again, a lot of this will depend on your setup, so if you have any specific questions, please just let us know.

    As for your question about what version you need, it sounds like your setup will be best served by either the Pro or Bot version of Templater. If your final goal is full automation, Bot will probably be the way to go, but if you’re mainly looking to replicate and iterate large numbers of videos, Pro should be fine.

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  • Jeff Jeff

    @Neil-González

    Unfortunately, Templater can’t interpret nested JSON files. In order to use the data, it’ll need to be ‘flattened’ into a more basic configuration. You can find more data about setting up a JSON array for use with Templater here and if you have any other questions, please just let us know.

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  • Jeff Jeff

    @CrealtoGbmH

    Templater does not have a ‘stretch’ feature to distort images to the comp size automatically. However, this effect can be achieved by using an After Effects expression. Start by setting the Scale factor to 0% and the Fit Image Style option to Letterbox (No Cropping) in the Templater Effects panel. From there, you can apply this expression:

    resizeX = 100*thisComp.width/thisLayer.width;
    resizeY = 100*thisComp.height/thisLayer.height;
    [resizeX,resizeY]
    

    To the ‘Scale’ factor in the Transform area of the Layer Properties. This should ensure that any image brought into this Layer is stretched to fit the X and Y values of the Comp. Give that a shot and let us know if there’s anything else we can do to help.

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  • Jeff Jeff

    @Jorge-Santana

    Using Templater to change a layer’s text color is a bit more involved than Templater’s more basic functions. Basically, you’ll need to set up a text field with the hex code for the color you’d like to use and then apply an expression to the layer that uses that code as a variable.

    For example, you could start by adding a column to your Google Sheet called “textcolor”. Populate that column with the hex codes of the colors you’d like your text to be. From there, add a text object to your After Effects project, apply the Templater Effect, and rename the layer to “textcolor”.

    Once you’ve verified that that data is coming through, add the “Fill” effect to the text layer whose color you’d like to change. Then, apply this expression:

    text.sourceText
    
    function hexToColor(theHex) {
        var r = theHex >> 16;
        var g = (theHex & 0x00ff00) >> 8;
        var b = theHex & 0xff;
        return [r/255,g/255,b/255,1]
    }
       
    hexToColor("0x" + comp("CompName").layer("textcolor").text.sourceText);
    

    To the “Color” attribute of the Fill Expression. Make sure that “CompName” refers to the comp where your “textcolor” variable is located. If you’re planning on using a large number of variables, it might not be a bad idea to create a separate Comp just to store variables you might use in expressions.

    Hopefully, that’ll be enough to get you started, but if you have any other questions, please just let us know. Thanks!

    Jeff

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  • Jeff Jeff

    @ZTH-NUKE Thanks for getting in touch with us. Could you try resetting your After Effects preferences by following the steps outlined at this link? If that doesn’t make a difference, could you post a copy of your templater.log file? It should be located in the same directory as your AE project file. Hopefully, with that information, we’ll be able to get this issue resolved. Thanks!

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  • Jeff Jeff

    @Jorge-Santana Can you check and make sure that the 'Send replicates to Adobe Media Encoder (CC Only) option is checked in the Templater Preferences panel? That’s the most likely culprit. If that doesn’t make a difference, it’s possible, if you’re using an output column, that a subfolder might be being created where the replicates are being stored. I’d recommend checking that option first and if that doesn’t solve things, let us know. Thanks.

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  • Jeff Jeff

    Hello,

    Templater Bot cannot watch multiple sheets simultaneously or switch between sheets once loaded. When you load the sheet data into Templater you’ll pick a worksheet from your data source. The only way to switch that is going to be to reload Templater and choose a different sheet.

    When it comes to the sort of flexibility you’re describing, you may consider working with a JSON data source instead of a Google Sheet. A JSON file, hosted either locally or remotely, has a great deal of flexibility when it comes to the data in each entry and may work better than a single large spreadsheet. You can check out more information about using a JSON file as a data source here.

    If there’s anything else we can help you with, please just let us know.

    Thanks,

    Jeff

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  • Jeff Jeff

    Hello Simon,

    It’s going to be a bit difficult to predict how Templater is going to perform on a project of that scale due to several variables. The complexity of the project is going to be a huge factor when it comes to rendering that many videos in that amount of time. You might be able to achieve that performance in the time frame that you’re projecting, but it’s going to depend on optimization and your general workflow. I would recommend setting up some testing with a trial version of Templater to see what sort of performance you’re going to get based on the project details. Since After Effects isn’t quite as optimized for multi-core rendering systems, you may get a better result from multiple instances of AE running on smaller servers since the raw horsepower may not be fully utilized by the project. If we can offer any other assistance, please just let us know.

    Thanks,

    Jeff

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