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Alan Eddie | Corner Cutters IIAlan Eddie | Corner Cutters II

Corner Cutters II for After Effects

$ 24.99 USD

A bundle of utility scripts to make your life easier in After Effects. If you require a multi-user licence then please contact us. (Licence Agreement)

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Corner Cutters II for After Effects from Alan Eddie

A collection of 26 (yes 26!) scripts to make your life easier in After Effects.  Use the included toolbar or use individual scripts in your own workflow.  Script icons are also provided if you choose to use them with other toolbars such as ft-Toolbar.

26 Tools included in the bundle:
Alan Eddie | Corner Cutters for After Effects

Alan Eddie | Corner Cutters for After Effects

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Tutorial Covering Each Script:

AED_TidyUp

Sort the project panel into folders.  Looks at the items in the project panel and tidies them up into new folders, ie. Compositions, Audio, Stills, Footage, Solids, Missing Footage, Old Folders and Vectors. (New – now you can choose your own folder names.) Any old folders are dropped into ‘Old Folders’.  A God-send for messy animators!  It’s also a useful way of isolating missing footage or perhaps footage from stills and to reveal your missing items too.  Also can be used to see how many items are in your folders by revealing the comment tab in the project panel.  You can tidy only certain types if you wish, like if you want to put all vectors and missing footage into their own folders.  Also included an “Ignore selected” option to exclude files and folders in the root folder.

AED_TrafficLights

Use layer tagging & colour to see what’s done and not done.  The ‘Traffic lights ‘ analogy uses red for ‘NOT DONE’, orange for ‘IN PROGRESS’, and green for ‘DONE’.  Re-running the script cycles through the states.  Useful if you need to keep track of what’s done or what isn’t.  Unfortunately the layer colour will only change with AE CS5+ users.  After one cycle of clicks, it deletes all markers if you want to get rid of the tagging.  Be aware that this script deletes all previous markers on a layer.  New- Shift&Click to save your own personalised tag names.

AED_BgFlip

Toggle the background between common colours white, mid-grey and black.  Useful when you want to render something out as straight against white rather than premultiplied against black.  Also useful to see how your alpha is compositing against light and dark colours before rendering.

AED_FlipColourize

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Quick colourizing of a layer.  Useful for checking out quick “looks” for a layer or for example finding a nice colour for text or perhaps trying different colours for a solid.  New- Slider interface to simplify

AED_MatteFromWhite

Uses the white content of a layer as a matte for itself.  Click again to invert. Each subsequent click toggles the invert.

AED_Reload

Reloads selected layer(s) from the timeline so you don’t have to go to the project window, reveal the footage and then reload it, a small timesaver.  Also this script attempts to heal links to missing footage.  If you delete a file on your file system, After Effects marks it as missing and the reload footage function will not work.  You would have to navigate to find the new file.  This script will check the path and re- import the item if it has been returned to the file system.  This can be helpful if an imported sequence is being updated repeatedly on your file system.

AED_SwapFootage

Replace the source footage for the selected layer.  Another small timesaver, you don’t have to reveal the source item in the project window and then replace that item.  Just select the layer and click the button to swap something out.  Be aware this swaps out the footage in the project panel so will affect any other comps using that footage.

AED_UsualFX1/2/3

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If nothing selected – adds an adjustment layer with your Usual FX applied.  If layer(s) are selected then it just applies these effects to the individual layers.  You set your effects preset by selecting your effects, Alt&Clicking the button, and saving the preset as instructed.  To help you remember what the effect/preset is, you can change the helptip in settings.  There are now 3 buttons instead of one.  You must save them in the Corner Cutters Folder as 1.ffx, 2.ffx, 3.ffx for this to work.

AED_SelectHereDown

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Selects all layers under the currently selected layer, to aid with basic editing and layer sliding.  Sometimes it is useful when you need to slide a large group of layers.  Alt&Clicking – selects here up instead.

AED_KillDeadSpace

Searches comp and removes any space between layers by ripple editing backwards.  Useful when there are accidental gaps between edits.  There is an option to ‘Preserve overlaps’.  This will not slide the layers back if layer B’s start comes before layer A’s outpoint. (if you have some transition operations in place).  Check out the video tutorial for more clarity on this one.  Alt&Click works in the opposite layer stacking order, if you work that way.

AED_QuickSnip

This is a useful tool for editing clips quickly to an in and out point and rendering the result.  On click 1, it snips to an in point, on click 2 it snips to an out point and sets the work area to the resulting in and out of the layer.  On click 3 the entire composition is trimmed to the in and out of the layer and the script asks the user if they want to render the comp.  Useful if selecting individual clips from a longer piece of footage.

AED_AutoTrimmer

Set your time in frames using Shift+Click.  Trims one selected layer to the time chosen(using work area).  Then pushes the work area forward by the chosen time and leaves cursor in the centre.  This allows you to slide a layer to find a good key point in the footage, then go again.  Great for selecting clips quickly that need to be a specific duration and assembling a quick edit.

AED_LayerTag

Click – copies the layer name to a marker on the layer.  Useful so you are not scanning to the left to see what layer you are working on, provides more clarity.  Shift&Click – removes all markers on the layer.Alt&Click – tags the layer with the names of the effects applied to the layer.  Useful to keep an eye on what an adjustment layer is doing.

AED_CrossBlend

Creates a cross-dissolve transition between 2 layers, blending layer A out to the current time.  Uses the Blend effect which is nicer than using opacity.  Set the time desired (in frames) in the green edit text box.  A one click solution for a repetitive task.  Very useful for light editing in After Effects.  Alt&Click uses alternate layer order.  Shift&Click – Choose blend time.

AED_FadeIn

Alt&Click gives a Fade to/from option.  Shift&Click – Choose fade time.  Fades layer(s) in and performs correct inpoint trimming.  Set the time desired (in frames) in the green edit text box.  This works with Lights (Intensity) & Audio (Levels) too.

AED_FadeOut

Alt&Click gives a Fade to/from option.  Shift&Click – Choose fade time.Fades layer(s) out and performs correct outPoint trimming.  Set the time desired (in frames)in the green edit text box.  This works with Lights (Intensity) & Audio (Levels) too.

AED_FeatherIncrement

Feathers mask(s) on a layer by increments (+ or -).  Increment adjustable in the yellow edit text box.  Eliminates the need to individually select masks and the feather property.  With no mask selected – increments all the feather values by the chosen amount, otherwise acts on only the selected masks.  New- Alt&Click causes negative pixel increments.  Shift &Click sets the increment pixels also.

AED_ExpandIncrement

Expands mask(s) on a layer by increments (+ or -).  Increment adjustable in the yellow edit text box.  Eliminates the need to individually select masks.  With no mask selected – increments all the expansion values by the chosen amount, otherwise acts on only the selected masks.  New- Alt&Click causes negative pixel increments.  Shift &Click sets the increment pixels also.

AED_SetCompTime

Simply enter a frame value for the length of the current composition.  I find I have to constantly edit the length of a composition many times a day so it’s good to have this functionality exposed.  Enter a value and hit return.  Click the button underneath to switch frames/seconds.

AED_Solid

Adds a solid to the current comp(with a hue/sat effect to adjust the colour).

AED_AdjustmentLayer

Adds an adjustment layer to the comp.

AED_Null

Adds a null to the comp.

AED_Cam

Adds a camera to the comp.


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After Effects CS6, CS5.5, CS5, CS4

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