Last night on MoChat, we talked everything AE scripts. A lot people use scripts, and had many to share. Some of the most popular included BG Renderer, ft_Toolbar, Ease & Wizz, and pt_OpenSesame. I’ve included links to every script mentioned—as well as other resources—along with links to the tweets that mentioned them. Enjoy!

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Welcome to #MoChat tonight everyone!8:00 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Tonight we’re talking favorite Scripts. If you haven’t already, you should look at http://t.co/F4ak0NQo #mochat8:01 PM Aug 28th, 2012

To start off the night, who has a a script they use every day and can’t live without? And why? #mochat8:02 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I use the keyboard shortcut editor script KeyedUp a lot. It’s in this bundle on the Adobe website: http://t.co/e5CPf005 #mochat8:02 PM Aug 28th, 2012

For me, it’s been ft_toolbar. So nice to have customizable buttons for nearly anything. #mochat8:03 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Is there a reason those scripts aren’t included with the #AdobeAE install? #mochat8:03 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I can’t live without Reposition Anchor Point. http://t.co/Y1b6UXtY Such a time saver. #mochat8:03 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I agree. Francois did a great job on ft_Toolbar. Very handy. #mochat8:04 PM Aug 28th, 2012

That’s another great one. Though I think I customized the UI a little on that script to make it fit my layout better. #mochat8:05 PM Aug 28th, 2012

RT : 10 minutes to #mochat. 6PM PDT (GMT-7) http://t.co/xoj69Hzs Tonight, we’re talking about scripts. #mochat8:05 PM Aug 28th, 2012

They’re not tested to the same level of quality as the rest of the application. But they’re useful, so we post them online. #mochat8:05 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Very useful. Swatch You Want is something that’s helped immensely as well. #mochat8:06 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Reposition Anchor Point and other from Nab (Charles) are such useful utilities: http://t.co/YRxtfLS2 #mochat8:06 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I haven’t noticed. On Win it seems to blend in my dock perfectly. #mochat8:07 PM Aug 28th, 2012

RT : I use the keyboard shortcut editor script KeyedUp a lot. It’s in this bundle on the Adobe website: http://t.co/e5CPf005 #mochat8:07 PM Aug 28th, 2012

The scripts in our bundle are developed by a member of the After Effects team, Jeff Almasol: http://t.co/SicrLIQv #mochat8:07 PM Aug 28th, 2012

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Im furiously taking notes, here..

I moved a couple buttons to consolidate some unused space, and I think removed the help button. #mochat8:08 PM Aug 28th, 2012

#mochat so what free ae scripts are good to grab for any sorta thing? #StockingUp8:08 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Don’t worry. We’ll compile a list of all scripts & links mentioned in the transcript. #mochat8:09 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I dont know if its free any more but GETSh#tDone was rather nice to start with.. #mochat8:09 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I can’t say enough good things about the free utility scripts that Christopher Green makes available: http://t.co/PgPTqfaA #mochat8:09 PM Aug 28th, 2012

eh would rather not have a script with profanity in the name. I hate that sorta stuff… thanks though! #mochat8:10 PM Aug 28th, 2012

There’s a lot that are name your own price. I try to get what seems interesting, then pay back when I can. #mochat8:10 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Get Sh*t done was what I used before ft_toolbar. Both are great. #mochat8:10 PM Aug 28th, 2012

hack! 😉 #mochat8:11 PM Aug 28th, 2012

roger that.. #mochat8:11 PM Aug 28th, 2012

RT : I use the keyboard shortcut editor script KeyedUp a lot. It’s in this bundle on the Adobe website: http://t.co/e5CPf005 #mochat8:11 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I dont use it daily but I enjoy the ease of Ease and Wizz. #mochat8:11 PM Aug 28th, 2012

So rename it. It’s a really useful script. #mochat8:12 PM Aug 28th, 2012

BG Renderer Pro is worthy investment. PixelBender Accelerator as well. Other than scripts, I love me some Pixel Bender #mochat8:12 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Ease & Wizz is great to get formulaic eases. Something I’d love to see natively. 😉 #mochat8:12 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Hey Everyone. My fav script is rd:precompose. I like that I can Pre-comp and make the length the combined layer length with handles #mochat8:13 PM Aug 28th, 2012

That’s not the first time I’ve heard that this month. #mochat8:13 PM Aug 28th, 2012

To echo , what are some free or Name Your Own Price scripts that are part of the essential toolkit? #MoChat8:14 PM Aug 28th, 2012

The other time might have been me as well. 😉 #mochat8:14 PM Aug 28th, 2012

yeah that’s the main script I use. #mochat8:14 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Yup, HUGE fan of BG Renderer #mochat8:16 PM Aug 28th, 2012

RT : To echo , what are some free or Name Your Own Price scripts that are part of the essential toolkit? #MoChat8:16 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I’m on kids dirty again tonight so I’ll do my best to contribute #mochat8:17 PM Aug 28th, 2012

YY Ramp+, DUIK, True Comp Duplicator, Ease & Wizz, Save Comp As Project, Reposition Anchor Point, Layer Curve Shifter… #mochat8:17 PM Aug 28th, 2012

#mochat8:18 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I keep wanting to buy Mocha Importer anyone use it? needed now with CS6 Mocha integration?

and Elementary just seems to have so much promise.. but I’d drive myself nuts trying every script I found interesting #mochat8:19 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I recommend checking out pt_EffectSearch, pt_ExpressEdit, and pt_TextEdit: http://t.co/1F875sBB They are very handy. #mochat8:19 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I used to use Mocha Import Plus a lot at my old job. Haven’t had a chance to play with CS6 import. #mochat8:19 PM Aug 28th, 2012

But I loved that Mocha Import could bring data into CC Power Pin. Something I’m not sure even CS6 does. But could be wrong. #mochat8:20 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Sorry my bad Mocha Import + #mochat8:20 PM Aug 28th, 2012

RT : I won’t make it to #MoChat tonight, so please pass this amazing AE Script along to the chat. http://t.co/0seK5bsi8:20 PM Aug 28th, 2012

RT : I recommend checking out pt_EffectSearch, pt_ExpressEdit, and pt_TextEdit: http://t.co/1F875sBB They are very handy. #mochat8:21 PM Aug 28th, 2012

What about scripts that aren’t free? What out there is truly worth it? #MoChat8:21 PM Aug 28th, 2012

BG Renderer Pro, without question. #mochat8:22 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I’ve used no scripts. I’m all ears for good ones. I’m still new to the after effects game #mochat8:23 PM Aug 28th, 2012

A lot of folks seem to find value in Immigration, Zorro, Magnum, the aforementioned pt_ scripts (plus pt_OpenSesame)… #mochat8:23 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I’ll 2nd BG Renderer Pro…All the animators at my current studio now use it because I have shown them how much it helps #mochat8:24 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I just bought layer random shifter for a project. Needed to distribute 100 layers randomly & it worked like a charm. #mochat #RightTool4Job8:25 PM Aug 28th, 2012

How many folks write their own scripts or tweak those made by others? (Information for doing so is here: http://t.co/dWaX1NDI ) #mochat8:27 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Still trying to get ft-toolbar tweaked, but it’s a great workflow enhancement. #mochat8:27 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Corner Cutters is also a great set of scripts. Can also be used with ft-Toolbar. #mochat8:27 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Can I plug the script and I released today? It’s a UI panel for Kinect motion capture. http://t.co/OAqgZ36H #mochat8:28 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Stupid question.. do you feel BGrender is needed if you have a render farm in the pipeline. #mochat8:28 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I’m finding Auto Lip Sync to be a lot of fun #mochat8:28 PM Aug 28th, 2012

im currently in the process of writing one to compliment a c4d plugin i made, buffer booster. #mochat8:28 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I tweaked the hell out of Get Sh*t Done. I think I added two more menus and expanded on the ones already there. #mochat8:28 PM Aug 28th, 2012

: I’ve used no scripts. I’m all ears for good ones. I’m still new to the after effects game #mochat”//me too8:28 PM Aug 28th, 2012

hiya newbie! #mochat8:28 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Cool. I’ll check that out. #mochat8:29 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Honestly not sure. Might be nice to set something up to quickly render in the background without having to send to the farm. #mochat8:29 PM Aug 28th, 2012

just a noob… #mochat… I actually made it tonight… came in at the tail end last time8:30 PM Aug 28th, 2012

nice guys! #mochat8:30 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I second Paul on this. Also, its nice if you queue a ton and confirmation that renders finish. Easier to walk away. #mochat8:31 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I think it was that recommended a script for customer buttons a few weeks back was that ft-toolbar as well? #mochat8:31 PM Aug 28th, 2012

This looks awesome! “: script and I released today-UI panel for Kinect motion capture. http://t.co/ptYVIZak #mochat8:31 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I’m here to second checking out and KinectToPin. The new version is super amazing. #mochat8:31 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Yes, ft_Toolbar is one script for custom buttons. There are others, too. I like ft_Toolbar best of them. #mochat8:32 PM Aug 28th, 2012

im going to write a script for clients that says “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooo” #mochat8:32 PM Aug 28th, 2012

It’s one of those scripts that continues to evolve project-by-project for me. #mochat8:33 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I’ll have to post it somewhere. #mochat8:34 PM Aug 28th, 2012

MOCHAT | Expression Toolbox is a handy script for storing and applying expressions http://t.co/UQQ1vlr6 #mochat8:35 PM Aug 28th, 2012

RT : Expression Toolbox is a handy script for storing and applying expressions http://t.co/WU9fFPMP #mochat8:36 PM Aug 28th, 2012

RT : RT : Expression Toolbox is a handy script for storing and applying expressions http://t.co/WU9fFPMP #mochat8:36 PM Aug 28th, 2012

i guess saying in ‘new’ to ae is kind of a lie… i do can pretty much whatever with it, just never used it consistently #mochat8:37 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Has anyone played with iExpressions at all? I like to dive into Expressions, but seems like it might be handy. #mochat8:37 PM Aug 28th, 2012

enough for jobs to warrant looking for scripts #mochat8:38 PM Aug 28th, 2012

makes sense… #mochat… I’ve used it some but I’d still consider myself new to it… mainly compositing…8:38 PM Aug 28th, 2012

expressions dont bother me cause im a javascript ninja >_< #mochat8:38 PM Aug 28th, 2012

We’ve talked a lot about , but what are some scripts people love not available there? #mochat8:38 PM Aug 28th, 2012

yet another interesting set of scripts.. seems like a lot of power waiting to be untapped. #mochat8:39 PM Aug 28th, 2012

maybe whore is a better word…. #mochat8:39 PM Aug 28th, 2012

DUIK. Has a lot of great options in there not related to IK, too. #mochat8:39 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I’m glad you corrected yourself before I had to. #mochat8:40 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Chris Green’s scripts for working with masks (among other things) are little life-savers: http://t.co/PgPTqfaA #mochat8:40 PM Aug 28th, 2012

mentioned Launchpad and i remember wanting to get that #mochat8:40 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Launchpad that was the other one.. thnx! #mochat8:41 PM Aug 28th, 2012

50 Shades of Javascript… #mochat8:41 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Lanuch Pad is one of the scripts in the bundle from us here: http://t.co/e5CPf005 #mochat8:42 PM Aug 28th, 2012

MOCHAT | iExpressions is terrific for those of us who want to use expressions but are confused or overwhelmed by the scripting. #mochat8:42 PM Aug 28th, 2012

you know i love you right? #justsayin #mochat8:43 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Launch Pad is one of the scripts in the bundle from us here: http://t.co/e5CPf005 #mochat8:43 PM Aug 28th, 2012

it’s not necessarily pre-made scripts but I love http://t.co/iEkvfCdy when I’m looking to understand how a script works #mochat8:43 PM Aug 28th, 2012

cool beans thank you downloading now #mochat8:43 PM Aug 28th, 2012

It looks useful. I was just put off a bit by $199 for the entire bundle. Still might be nice to look at them, tho. #mochat8:44 PM Aug 28th, 2012

[*blush*] #mochat8:44 PM Aug 28th, 2012

its ok baby, i wont tell my wife lol #mochat8:45 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Absolutely. Dan Ebberts is an amazingly gifted and generous person for sharing so much with the After Effects community. #mochat8:45 PM Aug 28th, 2012

When you blush, does your icon change to InDesign? Flash for when you really blush? #mochat8:45 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Another indispensable scripting resource is AE Enhancers: http://t.co/np3A2Fsz #mochat8:46 PM Aug 28th, 2012

would have been nice to get Lloyed Alverez’s perspective. #mochat8:46 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Was just about to post that! #mochat8:46 PM Aug 28th, 2012

RT : Another indispensable scripting resource is AE Enhancers: http://t.co/np3A2Fsz #mochat8:47 PM Aug 28th, 2012

What are some resources people use to write or tweak their own scripts? #mochat8:47 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I wish I tried harder to get him in here. #mochat8:47 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Lloyd’s FXPHD class on scripting was also quite useful #mochat8:47 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I think that the ID logo would represent a more serious and life-threatening state. #mochat8:47 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I still have yet to finish that class. I started it 2 1/2 years ago… #shame #fail #mochat8:48 PM Aug 28th, 2012

So just a Premiere blush, then? #mochat8:48 PM Aug 28th, 2012

The updated scripting guide for After Effects CS6 is a core resource, of course: http://t.co/dWaX1NDI #mochat8:48 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Hmm is Plexus considered a Script? or a plugin? #mochat8:48 PM Aug 28th, 2012

RT : The updated scripting guide for After Effects CS6 is a core resource, of course: http://t.co/dWaX1NDI #mochat8:49 PM Aug 28th, 2012

lol I think your homework is way past due. #mochat8:49 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I’d consider it a plugin since it doesn’t go in the script folder. But it’s still awesome. Looking forward to P2! #mochat8:49 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Crap, were we getting graded? Did I miss the final? #nightmares #mochat8:50 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Plexus is a plug-in. But there’s a handy Plexus-related script here: http://t.co/EVqfvZmr #mochat8:50 PM Aug 28th, 2012

its a plugin i think. #mochat8:50 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Funny though I dont recall it being mentioned in the plugin discussion. #mochat8:51 PM Aug 28th, 2012

im finding the new hard to filter. but i suck. #mochat8:52 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I think it fell off people’s radar. Then Plexus 2 was announced the next day. #mochat8:52 PM Aug 28th, 2012

starting to see plexus all over tv. I need to find a project to use it on. Awesome look! #mochat8:52 PM Aug 28th, 2012

its like a bad haircut… dont do it… #mochat8:52 PM Aug 28th, 2012

just wanna thank everyone for taking the time … i’ve got a nice list of scripts to check out. #mochat 8:53 PM Aug 28th, 2012

So with 7 minutes left, what’s a script you’ve been meaning to try or buy, but haven’t yet? #mochat8:53 PM Aug 28th, 2012

i was working on something using that essect, then out came plexus. i binned the project right there. #mochat8:54 PM Aug 28th, 2012

OK I have a question.. how do you like your scripts served? Dockable, or Windows menu or that weird folder in the Scripts folder? #mochat8:54 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Don’t forget to look for the transcript tomorrow. We’ll compile a list of every script mentioned tonight with links. #mochat8:54 PM Aug 28th, 2012

yes its pervasive.. which surprised me no one mentioned it but seems like its everywhere. #mochat8:55 PM Aug 28th, 2012

pt Open Sesame. Seems useful, but haven’t had to save projects to earlier versions. #mochat8:55 PM Aug 28th, 2012

RT : I recommend checking out pt_EffectSearch, pt_ExpressEdit, and pt_TextEdit: http://t.co/1F875sBB They are very handy. #mochat8:55 PM Aug 28th, 2012

RT : RT : Expression Toolbox is a handy script for storing and applying expressions http://t.co/WU9fFPMP #mochat8:56 PM Aug 28th, 2012

my kid refuses to sleep. he is too interested in #mochat lol8:56 PM Aug 28th, 2012

been eyeing bg_render. After all te great feedback tonight, I’m definitely gonna purchase. Thx! #mochat8:56 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Mostly dockable, but some that are just fire & forget, like Duplicate with Connections are fine in the menu (or ft_toolbar). #mochat8:56 PM Aug 28th, 2012

RT : Another indispensable scripting resource is AE Enhancers: http://t.co/np3A2Fsz #mochat8:56 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Don’t think of pt_OpenSesame just for cross-version saving. Think of it as creating text-based projects. Very powerful. #mochat8:56 PM Aug 28th, 2012

preferably with some honey mustard on the side thank you. #MoChat8:57 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I think the list that I’ve been meaning to try would take longer than 7 minutes to post #mochat8:57 PM Aug 28th, 2012

didnt you write a list of scfipts you use, or was that just apps? #mochat8:57 PM Aug 28th, 2012

A rather amazing script is Magnum the edit detector. It breaks up a video file into layers based on the edits. #mochat8:57 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Lloyd has a great demo of using pt_OpenSesame to create text-based projects and then automating replacement of text. Handy! #mochat8:57 PM Aug 28th, 2012

That was apps. I should do a scripts post, too. #mochat8:57 PM Aug 28th, 2012

yeah buddy! with pictures cause I CANT READ! #mochat8:58 PM Aug 28th, 2012

That must make coding hard. #mochat8:58 PM Aug 28th, 2012

you have no idea man… #mochat8:59 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I’ve been wanting to check out the Illumination script. It looks really great #mochat8:59 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I’ve grabbed it, but haven’t had enough time to play with it yet. #mochat9:00 PM Aug 28th, 2012

You mentioned DUIK before can you give some examples of how you used it without directly needing IK? #mochat9:01 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Does anyone know if there’s a way to “gift” scripts from ? #mochat9:01 PM Aug 28th, 2012

I pressed buttons on my computer and made goofy things animate today at work #mochat9:01 PM Aug 28th, 2012

RT : Another indispensable scripting resource is AE Enhancers: http://t.co/np3A2Fsz #mochat9:02 PM Aug 28th, 2012

yea, you buy it then send it to me lol #mochat9:02 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Good night, all. Nice mochatting with you. #mochat9:03 PM Aug 28th, 2012

thanks for always showing up! you guys are awesome! #mochat9:04 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Mostly the Animation panel: http://t.co/fhPOAewk #mochat9:04 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Thanks for sharing.. #mochat9:04 PM Aug 28th, 2012

thanks for all the great tips tonight #mochat9:04 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Well that does it for tonight, all. We’ll compile a list of all the scripts & links for the transcript. #mochat9:04 PM Aug 28th, 2012

good luck with that lol #mochat9:05 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Thanks for coming out, and thanks to for again being gracious enough to stop by. #mochat9:05 PM Aug 28th, 2012

And, as always… go make something! #mochat9:06 PM Aug 28th, 2012

thanks fr all the great info. See ya next week. #mochat9:06 PM Aug 28th, 2012

RT : And, as always… go make something! #mochat9:06 PM Aug 28th, 2012

Thanks everyone for the great suggestions on scripts & for the chatting and keeping everyone on topic #NowGoMakeSomething #mochat9:07 PM Aug 28th, 2012