v1.2.0 GEOlayers 2 for After Effects


GEOlayers 2 for After Effects


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Browse and animate maps directly in After Effects

GEOlayers 2 lets you browse and animate maps directly in After Effects. Use with Trapcode Mir 2, Mettle FreeForm Pro or Rowbyte Plexus 3 and create 3D terrains based on real data.


GEOlayers 2 lets you browse and animate maps directly in After Effects

It connects After Effects to imagery tile servers for up-to-date maps. It also provides direct access to all kinds of geospatial features of the world. Like this you can easily draw buildings to After Effects shape layers, highlight certain country borders, streets, lakes, rivers, places, label regions, animate routes, extrude buildings… whatever you’ll need.

GEOlayers 2 comes with 14 default Server Profiles each one representing a certain map style. All of them can be used for free! All you need to do is attribute the provider. GEOlayers also does this for you. Thats not all. You can add your own ones. Use the Universal API to connect to common imagebased tileservers or create a map style in minutes with the Stamen Mapstack API. Mapbox is also fully supported. Get yourself an account there and bring all its advantages to After Effects.

Online Maps

Browse maps directly inside After Effects

You can scroll and zoom around in online maps inside After Effects, create keyframes and animate them. GEOlayers 2 will download all necessary imagery for your animation automatically. It comes with 14 default map styles and can be easily extended.


Online Search

Find geographical features online

Search online for countries, cities, certain buildings, POIs and much more. The Features you find can be labeled in your animation, they can be drawn to your map, downloaded, exported and a lot more.


Feature Styles

Create your Feature Styles

Set up Styles that you can use to draw Features. Customize fill and stroke and create your Stylesets. GEOlayers 2 can also automatically apply Styles depending on what kind of Feature you want to draw. Additionally you can export them to a file and share it with others.



Add Labels to your animation

Label features with one click. Use and customize the default Label Templates or feel free to create your own ones. Every After Effects composition can be used as a Label Template.


Data Visualization

Create Data-driven Styles to visualize your datasets.

GEOlayers 2 allows you to easily import datasets in .csv or .tsv file format. Data-driven Styles help you to beautifully visualize large datasets with a couple of clicks.


3D Landscapes

Create 3D Landscape setups with one click

If you have Trapcode Mir 2, Mettle FreeForm Pro or Rowbyte Plexus 3 installed you can create 3D Landscape setups with one click. Like this you can achieve stunning animations based on real data.

What's New in GEOlayers 2

Version 2 is rebuilt from scratch. It has been concepted and developed to fit your needs based on user requests and ideas.

  • up to 10 times faster
  • better to control animation engine
  • direct access to geographical Features
  • powerful dynamic Labels
  • customizable Styles
  • Routes
  • one-click 3D Landscape setup
  •  ...much more

In order to make all this possible After Effects CC 2015 (13.6) or higher is required. Legacy projects created with version 1 are not supported by GEOlayers 2.


What's new in version 1.2.0?

Projects panel

  • Projects panel accessible from the main panels flyout menue
  • Quick access to recent GEOlayers 2 projects
  • Quick access to online sample projects
  • Quick access to online label template projects and direct import
  • A lot of new sample projects (You can let us know what you're missing, or if you have a nice project what we could share this way.)


  • The default tilesize is 512 px for quicker finalizations and rendertimes. (If servers deliver smaller tiles GEOlayers 2 will merge them to a larger 512px tile)
  • BingmapsAPI supports 256, 512 and 1024 px tiles
  • MapstackAPI supports 256, 512 and 1024 px tiles
  • UniversalAPI supports 256, 512 and 1024 px tiles
  • MapboxAPI supports 256, 512 and 1024 px tiles
  • The Finalize button is only highlighted if the selected Mapcomp is not allready finalized
  • Size, Pixelaspect, Framerate and Duration in Create Mapcomp dialog
  • Mapcomp-renaming in Edit Mapcomp dialog
  • holding SHIFT clicking Finalize will finalize in preview quality
  • Import new Server Profiles from Mapcomps in Edit Mapcomp Dialog
  • jump to feature functions fit the Mapcomp with a margin around the Feature
  • You can now draw Features directy in an empty project. A Controller Mapcomp will be created.
  • You can import Server Profiles by drag and dropping them onto the main panel.

Feature Styles

  • default Feature Style Set includes 3D buildings
  • Feature Styles can have a Color to fill Dash Gaps
  • Sync Style Sets with AE Project
  • A custom Style Set can be set up in the prefs which is applied when you create new projects
  • Reset Style Set button in Feature Styles Editor
  • You can import Feature Style Sets by drag and dropping them onto the main panel.


  • Label Templates support footage layers (relative and absolute local paths as well as online uris are supported)
  • Open Label Template Comps by right- or long-clicking the Label in the Toolbar dropdown
  • add Label Template composition button in labelcomps dropdown
  • import Label Template Project button in labelcomps dropdown
  • add Manual Label Dialog suggests feature name by current view


  • KMZ file format supported to import into browser
  • CSV and TSV datasets can be imported as a line feature
  • press DELETE or BACKSPACE key to remove features from the browser
  • features drawn to shape layers are sorted in the layer stack
  • jump to feature functions fit the Mapcomp with a margin around the Feature
  • Features can be imported via drag and drop on the browser (This does not work with .shp files.)


  • Routes dialog redesigned with up to 5 locations
  • Routes dialog supports straight lines between locations

About and Licensing

  • New Licensing UI accessible from the main panels flyout menue
  • site licensing support (This requires a license server in your network infrastructure. Please get in touch if you want to use floating licenses)


  • help contents update
  • help is dockable, resizable
  • help is searchable
  • sample projects can directly be opened from the help


  • faster launch of main extension and preferences
  • if building parts are not downloaded related buildings height is set to the height of the highest building part
  • if building parts are downloaded related buildings height is set to 0 to don't create an extrusion hull around building parts
  • OSM overpass Querys can be sent by the search bar typing "overpass:" and the query. Note that you need to hit ENTER to send the request.


  • Quick zooms over mltiple zoomlevels can cause wrong zoomlevel blending
  • Mapcomps can't be created inside Mapcomps anymore
  • features are drawn with wrong stroke widths when auto animate stroke width is turned off
  • Manual Labels created near the date border are placed wrong
  • repair expressions doesn't fix linked mapcomps in some cases
  • label templates with "." in property-names don't get replaced
  • label template fields don't get replaced multiple times in one text layer
  • Plane Routes for small distances are not ending in the correct destination
  • Marker layers animated along features don't work
  • Shape layers can get invalid coordinates on feature drawing due to zoomlevel normalization
  • initial Controller Mapcomps fail to work when imagery server profiles are applied to them
  • Current View Features' Point Geometry Coordinates are swapped
  • Server Profile changes in the prefs are not applied sometimes
  • Errors in feature downloads from the search are handled by calling the overpass API
  • minor bugfixes
  • UI improvements


CC 2017, CC 2015.3, CC 2015

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