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Templater simplifies and accelerates the process of creating a large volume of customized videos via dynamic data merge from sources like Google Sheets and JSON files.

Templater simplifies and accelerates the process of creating a large volume of customized videos via dynamic data merge from sources like Google Sheets and JSON files.

Dataclay's Templater plugin for Adobe® After Effects® simplifies and accelerates the process of creating a large volume of customized videos via dynamic data merge from sources like Google Sheets and JSON files.

Templater works in trial mode for 30 days before requiring the purchase of a license. Trial mode begins upon date of installation and includes all features from all editions.

During the trial, dynamic layers render with a superimposed watermark and batch replication works only when using Adobe® Media Encoder®. When the trial ends, all features cease functioning.

Teams and Enterprise:

Templater's End User License Agreement(EULA) defines the criteria for determining Enterprise users. If you meet any of these criteria, please ensure you purchase the appropriate "enterprise" license of Rig, Pro, or Bot.



New Features & Improvements in Templater 2.9.5

- Updated Templater to new Google Sheets API
Templater is now compatible with changes that Google has made to their Sheets API. Earlier versions of Templater will cease to work with Google Sheets, as Google is retiring the prior API on April 9, 2020. Using this latest version of Templater allows you to continue to use Google Sheets as a data source. URL feeds for CLI configurations will now be formatted slightly differently to account for this change. Formulas in Google Sheets will no longer be overwritten by The Bot outside of the ”render-status” column.

- Cache preview data for faster previews
Templater can now cache a set of data without needing to re-download for every preview. This can significantly speed up previews. This option is controlled by a lightning bolt icon in the Transport controls section of the Templater panel. Changing the Start or End values in the Transport controls will automatically re-enable live data.

- Search functionality for locating a Google Sheets document
Users can now search for the name of specific Google Sheets in their Google account via a search box in the Google Spreadsheet Setup menu. The last used search will be saved for the next time the panel is re-opened.

- Default visual and audio placeholders
Templater now ships with default branded placeholders for handling missing footage. Out of the box, Templater now defaults to replacing any missing footage with the default placeholder rather than prompting the user to navigate to the missing file for each error. Users can still override these settings and placeholders, but this offers a better experience for fresh installs.

- Status message and logging improvements
A variety of changes, tweaks, and additions to make status messages clearer and more accurate.

- Bug Fix: CLI checking JSON feed with headers
An issue has been resolved when passing header values to access a JSON endpoint via the CLI.

- Bug Fix: Retrieve correct row within range during preview
An issue has been resolved when iterating through previews and the Start and Finish range changes.


Templater Installation Instructions for Mac and Windows:

Download the Templater ZIP file, and the next steps will vary slightly depending on the Operating System.

For a Windows installation, you'll open or extract the zip file, and then click through Standard Installers > Windows > and double-click the installer. Once the installer opens, click ”Next” to set your install location. It looks for your root Adobe folder, which most systems install automatically at C:\Program Files\Adobe, so the Templater installer will default there. If you've installed it in a custom location, though, you'll need to browse and set it manually. On the next page, you'll read through and accept the license agreement, click ”Next”, and then click ”Install”. If your user account requires Admin approval, you'll be prompted to enter an Admin password before the installation will run.

For a Mac installation, the zip file will typically be automatically extracted within the Downloads folder, but if not, you can extract it manually. Once extracted, click through Standard Installers > macOS > and double-click the installer. The installer will open and a notification will pop down about running a program to see if the software can be installed; you'll click ”Continue” on the notification, and then ”Continue” on the first step of the installer. Next is the Read Me; you can read through the information there, and then click ”Continue”. The License Agreement page comes next; read through the agreement and click ”Continue”, which will drop down a notification to agree or disagree. Click ”Agree” to continue to the next step, which is selecting the Installation Type. Un-check any versions of Adobe After Effects for which you don't want the plug-in installed, and then click ”Continue”. Next you have the option to change your installation destination, but again, the installer has a default location already chosen, so only do this if you've customized your After Effects location. Finally, click ”Install”, enter your User/Admin password if prompted, and the installation will proceed.

Once the installation is done, click ”Finish” (”Close” on a Mac), and then your next step is to open After Effects to activate the plugin.

Within After Effects, you'll want to go to Edit > Preferences > Scripting & Expressions, and you'll want to check the first box, ”Allow Scripts to Write Files and Access Network”, and click OK. Then you'll go to the Window menu, and you should see Templater 2 at the bottom of the list. Click on that to open it, and place it or dock it wherever you'd like in your UI.

Here is a video overview of how to install Dataclay Templater: https://youtu.be/Ou4vfDfHLQE