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ole sturm
Run external script from within After Effects
on May 5, 2014 at 9:37:37 pm

Hi everyone,

I'm currently working out of a studio where all the computers are in lock-down which makes it impossible for me to install my scripts that I have come to rely on. I'm wondering whether it's possible to launch a script from within After Effects when that script is not installed within the scripts folder?

Many thanks


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ole sturm
Re: Run external script from within After Effects
on May 5, 2014 at 9:40:15 pm

Rephrased my question on Google and found this over on aescripts:

If you are a freelancer sometimes you don't have access to the ScriptUI Panels folder. Here is a tip on how to run scripts outside of that folder.

Save the script anywhere you have access like the Desktop or Documents folder
If the script extention is .jsxbin, then rename it to be .jsx
In After Effects choose File -> Scripts -> Run Script File
And choose the script file from the Desktop of where ever you saved it
You won't be able to dock the script but it should be able to run normally otherwise


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John Cuevas
Re: Run external script from within After Effects
on May 6, 2014 at 12:02:48 am

Good tip, thanks.

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Walter Soyka
Re: Run external script from within After Effects
on May 6, 2014 at 1:18:05 pm

If you are running Ae CC 12.2, you can drag and drop scripts into the project panel, and they will install in a user directory instead of alongside the app.

You can also manually install scripts into one of these user folders:

PC:
\Users\[user_name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\After Effects\12.2

Mac:
/Users/[user_name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe/After Effects/12.2

See here for more:
http://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/using/whats-new-12-2.html#scripts-ae

Walter Soyka
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