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Dataclay Templater Bot


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Dataclay Templater Bot

Templater Bot is an enterprise solution for custom video on demand.

Templater Bot extends Templater Rig by offering full server automation, allowing you to build applications that version, render, and distribute custom video on demand. 1, 3, 6, or 12-month subscription licenses are available.

What is Templater Bot?

Templater Bot is an enterprise solution for custom video on demand. It works as an automated system. Use it to periodically check for incoming data, pull new data in, and render the video as a background process. Or use the command-line interface to push data in to create new renders. Once your AE project is prepared, use The Bot or the command-line interface to customize and render it without operating the After Effects user interface. Developers can create front-end applications, such as web or mobile apps, that feed data into Templater’s data source, offering a collaborative, custom video content creation solution.

Templater Editions

Templater is available in three separate editions—Rig, Pro, and Bot.

Subscription Types

Subscribe to Templater Bot with a 1, 3, 6, or 12-month license in an up-front transaction. Templater Rig is included with all Bot subscriptions.

Important Requirements

Templater Bot activation and license verification require your system to be online and connected to the Internet.

Contact us (sales@toolfarm.com) if your organization requires offline activation or floating license server support.

Why Use Templater Bot?

Sometimes you need to fully automate After Effects to handle the versioning and rendering of a master composition and then automatically distribute the output. Use Templater Bot to develop applications that can harness the power of After Effects. Reasons you might need to use Templater Bot in your organization:

  • You need an efficient way to create anywhere from 15 to 15,000+ unique videos based on a data source.
  • You want to automatically create a video based on web form input and run a script to upload it to a server.
  • In addition, you want to integrate Templater into an existing automated production pipeline.
  • You need to automatically run a script after every rendering job or after all render jobs are complete.

A single license of any Templater edition allows you to install and/or activate that edition on a single machine for one user. Before purchasing, you should verify that Templater will help your workflow by using it in trial mode. The trial lets you explore Templater Rig, Templater Pro, and Templater Bot features with a watermark. After 30 days, all functions cease to work without a purchased license. For an additional fee, a floating license version is also available which works in conjunction with a Linux-based license server.  To inquire about a floating license version and server, please contact us at sales@toolfarm.com.

Subscription Pricing

Templater is a professional-grade application—the kind that eliminates the worst of the tedium in post-production. Taking user feedback from the original release, we re-engineered our product line-up to accommodate users in any environment, from independent producers needing a single copy of Templater Rig to those working in studios and organizations running Templater Bot on dedicated server farms. What’s more, this new model provides better sustainability for continued support and development.

Compare Edition Features

See the table below to note which features ship with Templater Bot.

Templater Comparison Chart

Key Feature
Use a JSON-formatted text file as a data source
Use a Google Sheets document as a data source
Use a Tab-separated value file as a data source
Incorporate data from any web API into a data source
Easily swap out footage sources
Use cloud-based footage references in data source
Apply layout rules to layers
Apply timeline rules to layers
Store batch asset reference presets in project files
Preview compositions with data
Log Templater activity to file
Batch replicate compositions
Batch render compositions
Batch render with Adobe Media Encoder
Custom output naming
Switch AE projects within the data source
Run shell scripts while Templater processes
Command-line interface control
Version AE projects as a background process
Process extremely large data sources

Automation with the Bot


Command Line Interface


Batch Rendering


Batch Replication


Target Compositions


Custom Naming


Project File Switching



After Effects 2022, 2021, 2020, CC 2019, CC 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015.3, CC 2015, CC 2014, CC, CS6, CS5.5, CS5

3.0.0 –  Apr 5, 2022

  • NEW FEATURE — Dataclay QUE Integration
    We are happy to introduce QUE! Moving forward QUE will be the primary and optimal data source for Templater. QUE exposes a REST API to leverage the full capabilities of Templater to produce dynamic videos. QUE frees you from the scalability constraints of traditional tabular data sources, such as spreadsheets, which become unwieldy as the volume and complexity of your video production needs grow. QUE supports
    security measures such as data-at-rest encryption as well as data masking for hiding personal and demographic data.
    An overview of QUE can be found at https://dataclay.com/que
    Read and study QUE’s API endpoints here: https://que-api-docs.dataclay.com
    Learn more about using QUE with Templater here: http://dcly.io/que-tutorials
  • NEW FEATURE — Spot Checking
    Spot checking lets you export still images or short video clips of specific frames from target compositions to help assure the quality of merged data in a batch process. Use composition timeline markers to set which frames you want exported, otherwise Templater exports an evenly distributed number of frames from the target composition. Spot checking can be performed exclusively or together with render or replication tasks, and export data can be sent to event scripts. Use new properties in `templater-options.json` to invoke spot checking via the Command Line Interface.
  • NEW FEATURE — Use Expressions-based Layout Engines
    Users now have the option to turn off Templater’s auto-layout engine and Time Sculpting features. Doing this allows users to rely on layer expressions or other custom plugins to achieve dynamic layouts as Templater processes your data. For example, if Templater’s internal layout
    engine does not suit your needs, you can disable the Layout Engine in Templater’s preferences and author your dynamic layout using tools such as:
    mamoworld’s Pins & Boxes
    Zack Lovatt’s Flex
  • IMPROVEMENT — Optimized for AE’s Multi-Frame Rendering
    The Templater Settings effect is now “thread safe” making it optimized for AE’s Multi-Frame Rendering (MFR) feature released in 2022. Users should no longer see a yellow warning icon in the Effects Controls for Templater Settings.
  • IMPROVEMENT — Support for Google Shared Drives
    Users can now store Google Sheets in a Shared Drive, and Templater will be able to access those documents. Users no longer need to explicitly share the individual Sheets with Shared Drive members.
  • IMPROVEMENTS — Miscellaneous
    License activation has improved messaging when it encounters an issue. Offline activation is now accomplished using the Templater panel.You can now install Templater directly into After Effects Beta application folders on both macOS and Windows.

    On Windows, utility executables are now signed with a digital certificate so that they pass anti-virus checks.

    The {{off}} flag now mutes audio in addition to visually hiding a layer.

    Added support for references to JPEG File Interchange Format (.JFIF) assets and Google WebP (.webp) formatted file assets.

    Improved error messaging for missing output destination, missing footage root, and footage importing.

2.9.7 –  Oct 27, 2021

– Installer updated for AE 2022

2.9.5   –  Mar 5, 2020

  • Critical upgrade to support new Google Sheets api. Any user who wishes to use Google Sheets as a data source they MUST upgrade to 2.9.5 no later than April 9, 2020.
  • A live data toggle preview setting — You can enable the live data toggle to request live data when generating previews, or you can disable it to use cached data and speed up the previewing process.
  • Default visual and audio placeholders — Templater points to these defaults within the preferences if you don’t specify a placeholder.
  • Search functionality for locating a Google Sheets data source — It’s now easier to specify a linked worksheet.
  • Status message and logging improvements — A variety of changes, tweaks, and additions to make status messages clearer and more accurate.
  • Bug Fix: CLI checking JSON freed with headers — An issue has been resolved when passing headers values to access a JSON endpoint via the CLI.
  • Bug Fix: Retrieve the correct row within range during preview — An issue has been resolved when iterating through previews and the Start and Finish range values change.

2.9.1 – Oct 15, 2019

  • Installer is macOS 10.15 Catalina compatible
  • Fixed bug when requesting license from server.

2.9.0  –  Feb 25, 2019

  • Complete refresh of Templater’s main panel interface
  • Added transport user interface for intuitive previewing
  • Open data, footage, and output locations from main panel
  • New preference for handling empty or null footage references
  • Improved messaging when enabling Bot from command line
  • Bug Fix – specifying JSON polling interval via CLI now works
  • Bug Fix – Standard license builds no longer hang on startup

Dataclay Templater Rig, Pro & Bot Tutorials #gettingstarted

Watch these tutorials to learn how to use Templater 2 Rig, Pro and Bot to easily customize your After Effects videos with an elegant workflow.