FXPHD - AFX210 Introduction to After Effects Scripting
Teaching programming can be dreadfully boring so this course will aim to teach by example instead of by theory. The course will cover basic scripting and programming concepts that will then be applied to several real scripts that will be created over the term. The scripts that will be developed during the course will be chosen in part by the students so that they can be relevant and the students can participate in the problem solving necessary to successfully create them.
Based in New York City, Lloyd Alvarez is a highly demanded multi-disciplinary freelancer, from art directing and design to compositing and animation. Lloyd began scripting in After Effects to solve workflow problems for his freelance projects and soon began sharing them with the community starting with his very popular BG Renderer script. He has since released several more very popular scripts and is now the curator of aescripts.com, which is the top destination for the best After Effects scripts from the top authors from around the globe. Most of our intro courses are “100 level”, but due to the base level of After Effects knowledge needed for scripting, this course is targeted at the intermediate level.
Class 1: Basic overview of what scripting is and a brief overview of what will be learned over the whole course. We will also begin writing our first script that will cover the fundamentals covered in lessons 1-3. Introduction to the After Effects DOM model and variables. Overview of the resources available for AE scripting and how to use them. Finally a quick overview on how to install and run scripts.
Class 3: Introduction to conditionals, loops and functions.
Class 4: Script assignment 1: DSLR cinematography workflow offline clip creator script. Subjects covered: Basic error checking. Looping through project and create comps from footage items. Add a text layer to each comp with an expression, add items to the render queue and set a custom destination.
Class 5: Script assignment 1 continued.
Class 6: Script assignment 2: Promo version maker script. Subjects covered: Importing data from a text file, iterating through comps, replacing text layers' source text property, adding items to the render queue. Basic regular expressions.
Class 7: Script assignment 2 continued. Subjects covered: Creating and using custom objects.
Class 8: Script assignment 3: Search projects for layers and do… script. Subjects covered:
Creating a ScriptUI user interface, searching entire project for layers, working with individual layer properties.
Class 9: Script assignment 3 continued.
Class 10: Script assignment 3 continued.