v1.09 MonkeyBars for After Effects

MonkeyBars for After Effects


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Kinetic Text Boxes

The quickest, easiest way to create animated text bars for lower 1/3s, social media and info graphics. This Monkey is a workhorse.


This new Monkey easily generates multi-line animations bases on the contents of the text. Choose text size and color, designate the box, and let the Monkey do the rest.  Easily customize the layout and  animation characteristics.

MonkeyBars is ideally suited for high volume Info Graphics, Viral Videos, Lower Third Banners, Subtitles and Bullet Points.

MonkeyBars Features

  • Easy Box Customization
  • Multiple Interpolation
  • In and/or Out Transitions
  • Stencil Text Feature
  • Marker Based Timing Controls
  • Simple Layout Manipulation
  • Multiple Screen Positions
  • Proportional Box Expansion
  • Box Opacity Controls
  • Animation Delay
  • Random or Specilifed Directional Controls
  • Key Commands for Added Layout Control

Here’s a tutorial to get you started.

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.

For Adobe After Effects CC 2019, CC 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015.3, CC 2015, CC 2014, CC, CS6

1.09  (Current version)  –  Jun 17, 2020

fix expression issue with some language versions

1.08  –  Nov 1, 2019

updated licensing framework

1.07  –  Aug 31, 2019

updated to support macOS 10.15 Catalina

1.06  –  Mar 10, 2019

Allow saving user text as part of preset

1.05  –  Oct 15, 2018

Update licensing framework.

1.04  –  Mar 23, 2017

Creates markers at current comp time indicator instead of time 00:00

1.03  –  Sep 19, 2016

Added new “Very Short” delay setting.

1.02  –  Sep 20, 2016

Include notice for CS6 users to use Ctrl+Enter to enter multiple lines

1.01  –  Sep 13, 2016

Reduce vertical space required for UI

1.00  –  Sep 4, 2016

Initial Release

Ebberts + Zucker MonkeyBars Quick Start Tutorial

Learn how to use MonkeyBars to procedurally generate animated text boxes quickly.