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October 7, 2009 /Region of Interest /

Mathias Möhl, the After Effects Exchange, and After Effects Scripts

Mathias Möhl has recently been offering his scripts on the After Effects Scripts website, as have many other luminaries in the realm of After Effects scripting.

Today, he also uploaded descriptions and links for these scripts to the After Effects Exchange website, where I set three of them as staff picks. Because they’re great.

I can’t tell you how much of a relief it was to see something get posted to the After Effects Exchange that wasn’t another commercially licensed project template. Though we do allow and even encourage people to post commercial items on the Exchange, it’s nice when people post freeware, donation-ware, or even try-and-buy items. I know that people want to be able to get compensation for their work, but I also like the fact that the After Effects community has historically been a remarkably open, sharing, and supportive community.

I think that the folks at After Effects Scripts (most centrally Lloyd Alvarez) have really hit on the right balance with their pay-what-you-want scheme. Each item has a suggested price, but you can modify that price up or down (even to zero) when you check out. There’s one exception that I know of, and that is the unbelievably useful Immigration script.

So, come to the After Effects Exchange, download some free stuff, maybe get some non-free stuff, and then head over to After Effects Scripts to get even more stuff that’s as free as you need it to be. But be nice. The system that Lloyd and associates have going on only works when we’re all nice—or when enough of us are nice, anyway.

Oh, and don’t forget that you can search the After Effects Help document to find links to individual scripts that I link to in context for specific tasks.

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