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CircusMonkey for After Effects

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Kinetic Text Rigs

Create kinetic type with the greatest of ease. A new way of working with text in 3D space unleashes amazing possibilities.


Highlights

CircusMonkey is a follow up to the original TypeMonkey, our first kinetic type generator. While both generate kinetic typography, they go about it differently and the results are completely unique.

CircusMonkey's Text Rigs are at the core of a system that allows you to create a series of basic 3D shapes with your text. It has multiple animation options, an automatically generated camera that moves from one word to the next and marker-based timing controls that make adjustments a breeze.

An additional set of live, effects-based controls allows you adjust the layout, animation, camera angle and visibility of the kinetic rig after the initial build.

As with all our Monkey scripts, it's designed for a wide range of users, from beginners to experts.


circusmonkey interface

 

Includes:

  • 7 Flexible Text Rigs
  • Multiple Alignments
  • Kuler Palette Import
  • Multiple Transition In and Out options
  • Markers dynamically linked to text and camera with no keyframes
  • Marker sync feature helps make automatic VO and music sync a breeze
  • Timing changes as simple as sliding a marker
  • New camera algorithm allows for breakthrough dynamics
  • Effects controls for additional post-build adjustments
  • Visibility Controls to help separate words in Z space
  • MonkeyTools to help build and manage project

What's the difference between the Monkeys?

CircusMonkey creates and animates type. It specializes in complex 3D text layouts using 7 different algorithms that can be adjusted via effects controls after the build.

TypeMonkey also specializes in animated type. It has a unique algorithm that simulates a “2D staircase” design that is popular in kinetic typography.

LayerMonkey uses the same layout algorithm as TypeMonkey, but it works with any type of layer - video, pre-comps, graphics, whatever. However, it won't generate text like CircusMonkey or TypeMonkey. Text has to be prepared manually in Illustrator, Photoshop.

MotionMonkey is a whole other animal. It has a much more complex and versatile animation system then the others, but it doesn't create a layout, text or generate an animated camera like the others. It's ideal for layered artwork where the layout has already been designed.

All the Monkeys are made to work separately or together, with the most versatile being LayerMonkey which acts as the missing link, marrying pre-comps created in CircusMonkey, TypeMonkey or MotionMonkey.

Which is best? Well, that depends on your project. The easiest way to tell is to download the trial versions and play with them.

 

Whats the difference between Monkeys?

TypeMonkey has a unique algorithm that simulates a “2D staircase” design that is popular in kinetic typography. Our best selling product.

CircusMonkey creates and animates type. It specializes in complex 3D text layouts using 7 different algorithms that can be adjusted via effects controls after the build.

LayerMonkey uses the same layout algorithm as TypeMonkey, but it works with any type of layer - video, pre-comps, graphics, whatever. However, it won't generate text like CircusMonkey or TypeMonkey. Text has to be prepared manually in Illustrator, Photoshop.

MotionMonkey is a whole other animal. It has a much more complex and versatile animation system then the others, but it doesn't create a layout, text or generate an animated camera like the others. It's ideal for layered artwork where the layout has already been designed.

MonkeyCam Pro Is a more powerful version of the camera thats included in most of the others. Its a standalone product but can also be used in conjuntion with any of the other monkeys.

MonkeyBars specializes in creating text box animations, the kind used in viral videos, info graphics, lower third supers, and subtitles. Great if you do high volume work.

ShapeMonkey is a fast and intuitive way to automatically create shape-based animations in After Effects.

 

Which is best? Well, that depends on your project. All the Monkeys are designed for everyone from a beginner to an experienced professional in mind. They're powerful, dependable and intuitive with a very small learning curve. The easiest way to tell which is right for your project is to download the trial versions and play with them.

Compatibility

  • After Effects CC 2017, CC 2015.3, CC 2015, CC 2014, CC, CS6, CS5.5
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