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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.

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New Features & Improvements in Templater 2.9.6
Compatibility with Adobe After Effects 2021
Templater is compatible with and installs to the correct directories for AE 2021.
Image sequence support for dynamic footage layers
Users can reference image sequences as source media for dynamic footage layers. Enter the path to first file in the sequence and prefix it with a hash symbol #. For example, if you have a sequence at /ads/anim_0000.png relative to Templater's footage root, entering #/ads/anim_0000.png into your data source lets Templater know it should import and replace it as an image sequence. When Templater imports a sequence, it sets the sequence's frame rate to match the rate of the currently mapped layer source.
Improved network communication on Windows
On Windows, a new, flexible, and robust network communication library is utilized when Templater makes requests. For most users, this will not affect behavior, but for users with tight security protocols, special privileges might need to be granted to this library to communicate over the network.
Included Output Module and Render Setting Templates
Templater installs two new files that assist in render setup. The file dataclay-output-modules.aom contains AE Output Module Templates and file dataclay-render-settings.ars contains AE Render Settings Templates that are optimized for Templater batch performance. Load these files using AE's Edit > Templates >... dialogs. On macOS, find these files in directory /Applications/Dataclay, and on Windows find them in directory C:\{user home}\Documents\Dataclay. Learn more about the templates here.
Defaults for Output Module and Render Setting selection
Templater will use a default Output Module and Render Setting Template upon clean installation to avoid errors initiating batch processing workflows.
Specify a path for writing Templater's log
In Templater's Preferences dialog, within the ”Advanced” group of controls, users can now specify a path for where Templater writes its log. Learn how to set where Templater write its log.
Improved messaging for license expiration and renewal date
Clicking the License Info button in the Templater Preferences dialog now displays the date when the activated license will either expire or renew.
Improved log messages for Templater requests to Google
To assist users with troubleshooting, the Templater log reports more specificity regarding requests made to Google's API.
Various bug fixes have been addressed
The correct Windows and macOS version numbers are now reported in the log.
Fixed recurring license expiration issue when launching Templater via its command line interface.
Fixed Templater's scaling logic for portrait, square, and landscape footage sources in accordance to its containing composition.
Dynamic audio layers now ignore spatial layout properties.
Fixed hard crash bug when using AE's ”Add to Adobe Media Encoder Queue” menu command while Templater panel is open.
Fixed an issue where a unique footage file would not be downloaded when ”Allow unique downloads for cloud-based assets” preference is enabled.
Fixed a naming issue when output column in a Google sheet was empty.

Documents
DataclayBrochure.pdf

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