Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
41327687 Adobe After Effects Scripting Guide

41327687 Adobe After Effects Scripting Guide

Ratings: (0)|Views: 149|Likes:
Published by Amarthya Kaushik

More info:

Published by: Amarthya Kaushik on Jul 27, 2011
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial


Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less





HelpUsing Help
Using Help
About Help
Adobe Systems Incorporated provides complete documentation in an Adobe PDF-basedhelp system. This help system includes information on all tools, commands, and featuresof an application. It is designed for easy on-screen navigation and can also be printed andused as a desktop reference. Additionally, it supports third-party screen-reader applica-tions that run in a Windows environment.
Navigating in Help
Help opens in an Adobe Acrobat window with the Bookmarks pane open. (If theBookmarks pane is not open, click the Bookmarks tab at the left edge of the window.) Atthe top and bottom of each page is a navigation bar containing links to this page (UsingHelp), the table of contents (Contents), and the index (Index). To move through pages sequentially, you can click the Next Page and the PreviousPage arrows; click the navigation arrows at the bottom of the page; or click Back toreturn to the last page you viewed.You can navigate Help topics by using bookmarks, the table of contents, the index, or theSearch (Acrobat 6) or Find (Acrobat 5) command.
 To find a topic using bookmarks:1
n the Bookmarks pane, click the plus sign (+) (Windows) or the right-facing arrow (MacOS) next to a bookmark topic to view its subtopics.
lick the bookmark to go to that topic.
To find a topic using the table of contents:1
lick Contents in the navigation bar.
On the Contents page, click a topic to go to that topic.
 To view a list of subtopics, click the plus sign (+) (Windows) or the right-facing arrow(Mac OS) next to the topic name in the Bookmarks pane.
 To find a topic using the index:1
o one of the following:
Click Index in the navigation bar, and then click a letter at the top of the page.
n the Bookmarks pane, expand the Index bookmark to view the letter subtopics; thenclick a letter.
Locate the entry you want to view, and click the page number to go to that topic.
 To view other entries for the same topic, click Back to return to the same place in theindex, and then click another page number.
HelpUsing Help
Using HelpBack 2  To find a topic using the Search command (Acrobat 6):1
Choose Edit > Search.
 Type a word or phrase in the text box and click Search. Acrobat searches the documentand displays every occurrence of the word or phrase in the Results area of the Search PDFpane.
To find a topic using the Find command (Acrobat 5):1
Choose Edit > Find.
 Type a word or phrase in the text box and click Find. Acrobat searches the document,starting from the current page, and displays the first occurrence.
 To find the next occurrence, choose Edit > Find Again.
Printing Help
Although Help is optimized for on-screen viewing, you can print selected pages or theentire file.
To print Help:
Choose File > Print, or click the Print icon in the Acrobat toolbar.
 Adobe After Effects 6.5 Render Automation & Scripting Guide
demonstrates how to take procedural controlof your After Effects projects via scripting. This feature set is available only in Adobe After Effects 6.5 Profes-sional Edition.With the use of system-level scripting, you can streamline your render pipeline and avoid a lot of repetitivepointing and clicking. If you have used expressions or other JavaScript-like techniques for animating, orworked with system scripting in AppleScript or Visual Basic, you will recognize the power of applicationscripting in After Effects. With some practice, and with sufficient experience using the JavaScript language, you can take control of your graphics pipeline.
If you know nothing about scripting
After Effects 6.5 is a visual tool with a graphical user interface; you are used to interacting with it via interfaceelements such as menus, palettes and icons. For the most part, this is the most accessible way to work.Scripting is designed for situations in which this methodology involves tedious repetition or painstakingsearching and sorting that could be automated. It is also useful for leveraging the power of networkedrendering in situations where Watch Folder is less powerful (and less convenient to set up).Scripting is designed to help users of After Effects get past these types of obstacles, and it is available even tousers who have no inclination to learn the JavaScript language. If you are this type of user, you can still harnessthe power of scripting via third party solutions such as Rush Render Queue, a graphical user interface to setup distributed renders from any computer on the network without having to set up on individual machines.You can also leverage the contributions of scripting users who share scripts with other users. Larger studiosmay have such users in-house, while other users can visit forums such as those found at www.adobe-forums.com.
After Effects objects
You may not think of After Effects as a collection of hierarchical objects, but when you make use of renderqueue items, compositions, and projects, that is how they appear in scripting. Just as the expressions featuresin After Effects give you access to virtually any property of any layer inside any composition of your project(each of which we refer to as an object), scripting gives you access to the hierarchy of objects within AfterEffects and allows you to make changes to these objects.After Effects scripting is based on ECMAScript (or more specifically, the 3rd Edition of the ECMA-262Standard). Further documentation on this standard can be found at www.ecma-international.org.
Expressions and motion math
Because scripting can access individual layer properties, and because it utilizes JavaScript, one might assumethat expressions and scripting are one and the same. However, they are two entirely distinct entities. Expres-sions have no ability to access information from scripts (such as variables and functions), although a scriptcan be written to create or edit an expression.The similarity between expressions and scripting is, however, apparent in that they are both drawn from thesame language, ECMA standard JavaScript. Thus, knowing how to utilize one is helpful in understanding theother.

You're Reading a Free Preview

/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->