Steve Kilisky's Dynamic Media Blog

January 22, 2006

Expressions and Scripting Made Easy(ier)

Expressions and Scripting (Scripting is only in AE Pro) are two very powerful features in After Effects. Some AE users (including myself) shy away from digging into expressions (maybe due to unpleasant flashbacks I have about high school trigonometry). Or maybe you are into expressions and scripting, but want an alternative to the materials than what come with AE. If you fall into either of these camps, or havemade a new years resolution to explore these capabilities in greater depth, several AE users have created online resources to help make this almost eazy peazy (certainly easier than losing 50 lbs., at least for me).

I would start out with J.J. Giffords site. It is a little out-of-date (last I heard J.J. had made a career shift), but it is a good warm-up before immersing yourself into

This site is Dan Ebberts' in-depth exploration of both expressions and scripting. Dan is amazing. Not only does he have a deep understanding of expressions but he is extremely generous about sharing his knowledge and helping answer user questions on the Creative COW AE forum. as well as the AE Mailing list and probably other forums as well. Thanks, Dan!

Hungry for more (or looking for a resolution for 2007), then the scripting fundamentals section at redefinery is just the ticket. This site is hosted by Jeff Almasol. While you're there, check out his sample scripts.

Last but not least, AE Enhancers is a web site to share scripts, expressions, and presets; as well as discuss these topics on forums. You can also find some tutorials here as well.

That's all for now. Time to settle in front of the other screen in my house and watch the Seattle Seahawks hopefully scrap their way into the Super Bowl.

Posted by Steve Kilisky at 4:30 PM on January 22, 2006


Jeff Almasol — 9:45 AM on January 27, 2006

Hey Steve...thanks for the shout-out and blogroll link (which should start with a lowercase "r", though). I have a few more scripts on simmer right now, so they will be posted when I have more free cycles to finish them.

Liking the After Effects blog...subscribed!

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