FREE Batch Replace Script – After Effects

If you’ve been using After Effects for awhile you’ll understand the usefulness of this script. Batch Replace comes packed with features, allowing you to quickly swap layers and assets within your project. Whether you’re looking to create countless variations or adapt upon an existing project file this script is ideal for you. Download it for free here

Check out Nate’s demo covering the basics of using this script.

 

Want more Free Scripts? Check out this script for Looping content in AE: Free Loop Script for After Effects

5 Premiere Pro Time Saving Tips

Saving time is essential for any editor. Here are 5 tips when working in Premiere Pro’s Project Panel

 

1) Create a Bin (folder) structure and organize your footage before you start editing.

The more complicated your project is, the more important this step is.  Create folders to sort your footage (interviews, b-roll/cutaways, voice-over, music, etc.).

I like to let the computer do the tedious work, so I save time by using Production Crate’s free “Hierarchy Extension“. Download the extension, install it (the Extension works in Premiere Pro and After Effects), and then find it under Window > Extensions > Crates Folder Hierarchy extension (see below). It has options for creating a simple or complex bin/folder structure in Premiere Pro as well as creating a folder structure for the project files on your hard drive!

 

When you select the Extension you will see this window pop up. You can create a folder structure instantly right inside of Premiere or a folder structure on your computer.

 

2) Use Subclips to make long clips more manageable.

Command/Control + U – Make Subclip

If you are working with clips that are long, break the long clips into shorter clips so you don’t have to search through the long clip every time you load the clip into the Source Panel.

Set an In and Out, (Hotkeys are I and O) then Command/Control + H to “Make Subclip”.

Leave “Restrict Trims” unchecked if you want to to be able to use transitions.

 

 

Here you can see the original full clip and the new subclip that we generated right below it.

 

3) Create Custom Sequence Presets

File > New > New Sequence

Pick the preset you want to start with, then click on the Tracks tab.

Specify the number of video/audio tracks you want, and name your audio tracks.

Click “save Preset” and you have a custom preset. This is a huge time saver if you have a specific sequence setting you use often. We have presets for our various social media aspect ratios as well as our standard video

 

You can easily name and save your track presets for further customization, or simply customize the sequence presets.

 

 

Once you have created your preset(s) they will be visible and available on your Sequence Presets drop-down menu.

 

4) Customizing List View

This is another big time saver. Having Thumbnails and Preview Area on will allow you to see what you are working with easier.

To add Thumbnails and Preview Area, Check “Preview Area” and Thumbnails” from the Project pull-down menu.

5) Create a Search Bin

Creating bins based on metadata is a big time saver.

This lets you create a Search Bin based on criteria you enter. In my example, I typed in png, which put all my png files into a bin which I could then name.

 

Here you can see I created a folder called PNG – Backgrounds and all of my PNG files were instantly added to that folder (or bin in Premiere).

 

Check out this fantastic article for connecting Premiere with After Effects.

 

Download Magic Beam VFX Assets

Download HD Magic Spell Beam VFX assets here.

ProductionCrate has launched a brand new collection of magical assets, inspired by the VFX from the Harry Potter franchise!

These incredible effects can be used in most editing software, with our top recommendations being After Effects, Hitfilm and Premiere Pro.

Using a screen blending mode is the easiest way for you to apply these effects with minimal effort.

Download Magic Spell VFX Assets

These intense effects have been built with several different varieties, meaning each of your characters can have their individual styles. So whether you want an electrical theme or a fiery blast, this new effect bundle has you covered!

If you’re an After Effects user, applying a solid composite + puppet pin to the beam will give you control over the origin point. This creates the epic fluid appearance that we see in the movies.

Download Magic Spell VFX Assets

You can also adjust the colour, brightness and speed of each effect, giving you unlimited variety.

Download Magic Spell VFX Assets

Additionally, we’ve included some mind-blowing magic clash VFX assets. These are the explosive effects seen when two opposing forces collide in a dangerous wizarding duel.

This is the spectacular value of the magic effect bundle shine, as these can be blended on top of the magic beam effects to create an incredible composition. We’re especially proud of the liquid variety, which are an iconic visual from the Harry Potter movies.

Download Magic Spell VFX Assets

To complete the pack, we’ve included an essential mix of magic flashes. These can be used when a wizard is casting a spell, or even deflecting one.

The quick yet detailed effects are perfectly designed to not look overdone, making it incredibly easy for them to blend into your action sequence.

Some of our effects work best when using auto-orient, which keeps layers pointed towards the camera when in 3D space. This can be accessed via Layer -> Transform -> Auto-Orient -> Towards Camera. When using this, combined with standard 3D beam layers, you can create the most incredible effects that are easy to customise and composite!

Download Magic Spell Deflection VFX Assets

We hope you enjoy using these magic VFX assets. All of these are available for our Pro members, while free users can still access handpicked content!

If you want to learn even more movie-making magic, check out our Thor lightning VFX collection!

100 New Super-Powered Lightning Effects

Download 4K Lightning VFX Assets here.

This is one of our largest releases ever.

Over 100 4K New super-power lightning effects are available for you to download. This massive pack offers variations for aerial strikes, ground hits, lightning with or without sparks and tons more.

We categorise these into four main groups, those being ground, wall, aerial and basic. For the ground and wall assets, the illumination on the surfaces has been built-in, meaning you don’t need to spend a single second working on realistic environment lighting.

Thor Lightning VFX

With inspiration taken from Thor in Infinity War and Endgame, as well as the Flash, these effects maintain the epic plasma-arcing motion that defines the superhero look.

The VFX Artists at ProductionCrate tested this pack and are thoroughly amazed at how easy it is to use. By simply dragging on any effects you’ll see how well they integrate into your scenes with minimal effort.

Blending modes such as Add, Screen or Lighten will add that extra level of realism to your shots. Applying these lightning VFX assets onto this composition was incredibly easy, while also making it look undeniably epic!

Download 100 Thor Lightning VFX Assets

You can add extra detail to these 4K assets by adding a simple displacement effect, which will give your lightning a far more jagged and powerful look.

With over 100 variations to choose from, you can combine, rotate, scale and adjust these in infinite ways for full control over your scene. In other words, these 4K electric effects will never fail you.

Download 100 Thor Lightning Power VFX Assets

To test the true power of these assets, we took our favourite Hulk scenes from the Avengers movie and gave him the mighty powers of Thor. Take a look at what happened:

If you want to explore more of our superhero VFX collection, why not explore our Mysterio assets?

How to Install Scripts to After Effects (Windows and Mac)

After Effects scripts are a powerful way to automate and accomplish tasks that would have otherwise taken far longer.

For example, many popular scripts automate the way that you animate, automatically adjusting keyframes in an instant to save you valuable time and get better results.

If you haven’t tried any out yet, you can browse our library of exclusive scripts and plugins. Many of them are free to download, while Pro members of the ProductionCrate community can access the entire collection, as well as over 10,000 other creative assets.

Thankfully, installing these scripts is an incredibly easy process, and works the same on both Windows and Mac. We also ensure that our tools are compatible with the most recent versions of After Effects (CC 2018, CC 2019).

Our example today will be walking through the installation of our free Hologram generator script which has just launched!

 


1 – Extract the script to “/Adobe After Effects CC 2019/Support Files/Scripts”

If you don’t have any .zip file tools, you can use WinWar.

Using this software to open the .zip file that you download will allow you to then drag the files to a new location. Make sure that you extract all of the content from the zip file.

Our destination is usually found in the Program Files folder. In most cases the full directory is:

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CC 2019\Support Files\Scripts

But if you are using any other Adobe CC version, feel free to place it there instead.

How to Run Scripts in After Effects

2 – Create your After Effects composition

Most of our tools won’t work if there’s no footage for it to work on!

3 – Click File -> Scripts -> Run Script File

From here you can then navigate to the place you extracted the files to. Clicking on the “.jsx” file will then launch your chosen script.


Fixing Errors

There’ll always be the chance that something goes wrong. We’ve compiled a list of steps you can take to troubleshoot these issues

Double-Check

Take a moment to quickly look back in the zip folder, and check if all of the contents are also in the After Effects script folder. If it isn’t, simply drag it all over again!

Settings

Go through Edit -> Preferences -> General. A window will open with a bunch of checkboxes, where you can enable “Allow Scripts to Write Files and Access Network”.

Call for backup

If all else fails, you can ask on the forums, the comments below or contact us at Support@ProductionCrate.com, we’ll happily try our best to help out!