After Effects

Scene, Date, and Time Overlay

Sometimes we render multiple animations for a project. And OCCASIONALLY the client gives us changes and/or we make mistakes that we need to keep track of and troubleshoot.

I’ve found that as I do renders, it can be helpful to put an overlay on the the animation that has the render date and the running time in frames. The running time can be VERY useful, because if we view our movies in the QuickTime player, we get sparse information on when things specifically happen (either the frame number or time in tenths of seconds).

This came from a discussion on… then was posted to my website forum.. then revised again (thanks to lloyd alvarez) in the forum and presented to you here.

Here we have an expression that, if you add it to the source type of a type layer, will display today’s date, the comp name and the running time in frames and tenths of seconds.

t = Date(1);
d = t.split(” “);
frames = (1 / thisComp.frameDuration) * time;
runTime = (Math.round(time * 10))/10;

“” + + ” – ” + d[1] + ” ” + d[2] + ” ” +d[3] + “r” + frames + ” f” + “r” + runTime + ” s”;

If you are Expressionally-Challenged, here is a sample comp.

Things to take note of for budding expressions programmers:

Date (1) returns a plethora of information including, date, year, time, and time zone relative to GMT.

How to round a number to tenths: runTime = (Math.round(time * 10))/10;

“r” is a carriage return, which makes the type drop to the next line

d = t.split” ” takes all the info from Date(1) and divides it up into little bits based on where we have a space, and puts those bits into an Array, or variable that contains more than one value. Those values can be accessed by d[0], d[1], d[2], etc.

After Effects

Free After Effects Scripts

Free After Effects Scripts, Courtesy of C.R. Green. This one was posted to the AE List by Andrew S. Webb. Looks like some genuine worthwhile downloads.

After Effects

10 free AE 7 Pro Liquid Animations

Dean VelezDean Velez, one of the Toolfarm Expert Forums experts, has released another set of free AE projects. Dean’s stuff rocks! It’s always freakin’ amazing.

Dean sez:

“All of the liquid animations are royalty free and fully customizable, so you can use them however you like. A few of the animations are render intensive so you might want to prerender some layers.

The effects I used are:

CC Lens, CC Toner, CC Bubbles, Levels, Hue/Saturation, Fractal Noise, Ramp, CC Glass, CC Drizzle, CC Mr. Mercury, 4-Color Gradient, CC Glue Gun, Turbulent Displace, Displacement Map, Transform, Linear Wipe, Roughen Edges, Tint, Fast Blur, CC Wide Time, CC Blobbylize, CC Rain, Bevel Alpha, Drop Shadow, Simple Choker, Radio Waves, Wave Warp, CC Radial Fast Blur, Foam, Compound Blur.

Check em out!

After Effects

LED Billboard Effect

This project combines CC Ball Action, Glow and Trapcode Shine to simulate a sort of billboard effect. This is the same effect I recently used on a I on a TV promo I did.


For a demo of Trapcode Shine, download it from Toolfarm.