How to install scripts in after effects

There are two main categories of scripts that can be utilized in After Effects: dockable and non-dockable.

  • Non-dockable scripts are less common and can be placed anywhere on your computer. To run these scripts, you will need to go to the “File” menu, select “Scripts,” and then choose “Run Script File”.

  • Dockable scripts, on the other hand, can be added to the interface of After Effects and must be placed in a specific folder in order for the program to recognize them.

For the purpose of this discussion, let’s consider an example script called “EXAMPLE_SCRIPT.jsxbin”. Most After Effects scripts are formatted using the .jsxbin file extension, but some may come in the .jsx format. The main difference between these two types is that .jsx files can be viewed and edited in a code editor, while .jsxbin files cannot be viewed and only contain a series of characters when opened in a code editor.

There are various methods for installing .jsxbin scripts in After Effects, depending on the version of the program you are using.

  • If you are using After Effects CC 2019 or a newer version:
  1. Go to File > Scripts > Install ScriptUI Panel
  2. Locate the script file that you want to install and click “Select”
  3. If the installation is successful, you will receive a notification stating that the script has been copied to your preferences folder
  4. Restart After Effects for the changes to take effect
  5. Your script should appear at the bottom of the “Window” menu
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  • If you are using an older version of After Effects, there are a few additional steps you will need to follow in order to install the script.

1. Copy the “EXAMPLE_SCRIPT.jsxbin” file to the After Effects script folder on your computer. The location of this folder will depend on whether you are using a Mac or a Windows machine.

  • For Mac users, the folder can be found at “Applications/After Effects (your version here)/Scripts/ScriptUI Panels”
  • for Windows users, it can be found at “Program Files/Adobe/Adobe After Effects (your version here)/Support Files/Scripts/ScriptUI Panels”

2. Close and reopen After Effects in order for the program to recognize the new script

3. The script should appear in the “Window” menu

It is worth noting that most After Effect scripts are dockable, which means that they can be placed wherever you prefer within the layout of After Effects.

However, there are a few common issues that may arise during the installation process:

  • For example, you may find that the script is not showing up in After Effects even though it is in the correct folder. In this case, you may need to double-check that the script is in the correct version folder and that it is not contained within a subfolder.
  • Another potential issue could be that the script you are trying to install is not a scriptUI panel. In this case, you may need to try running the script through File > Scripts > Run Script File by locating the script on your computer and clicking “Open”

If you encounter any permissions errors while attempting to install the script, you may need to contact your systems administrator.

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