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