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MotionMonkey for After Effects


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A whole new way to animate!

MotionMonkey for After Effects is a powerful and intuitive way to add motion to your design.  Animate your layered art, one layer or one hundred at a time


MotionMonkey Key features

  • Creates a wide range of animations of your layered design based on parameters entered into the control panel.
  • Random or custom settings create animated variations from mild to wild.
  • Works with most layers including text, stills, video, pre-comps, solids, shapes, .ai, .psd, nulls and parented layers.
  • Motion Mixer option adds additional variation and complexity to animations.
  • Multiple interpolations, speeds and intensities allow for a wide range of moods, from subtle to energetic.
  • Kuler support allows for Kuler color palettes to be easily imported.
  • Free: Includes MonkeyTools- an ongoing collection of utilities specifically written to enhance the functionality of the Monkey Suite.



About Monkey Scripts: Monkey Scripts are practical production tools designed with both the novice and professional in mind. They can save hours, or even days of work by helping automate the creation of motion graphics.

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.

Compatible with Adobe After Effects 2024, 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, CC 2019, CC 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015.3, CC 2015, CC 2014, CC

1.09 –  Jun 23, 2023

accommodate layers with dimensions separated

1.08 –  Oct 21, 2022

update licensing framework

1.07  –  Aug 18, 2022

update licensing framework

1.06  –  Apr 27, 2022

update licensing framework

1.05  –  Jan 23, 2022

update licensing framework

1.04 –  Nov 1, 2019

updated licensing framework

1.03  –  Aug 31, 2019

updated to support macOS 10.15 Catalina

1.02  –  Oct 15, 2018

Update expressions for AE’s new JavaScript engine.
Update licensing framework.

1.01  –  Mar 27, 2016

Add new serialization code.
Fix randomization issue with newer versions of AE.

1.00  –  Apr 2, 2014

Initial release
Ebberts + Zucker MotionMonkey :45 Sec Tut

Ebberts + Zucker MotionMonkey :45 Sec Tut

With Ebberts + Zucker MotionMonkey for After Effects, quickly and easily create complex multilayered animations from your original layout.

slice it up and motionmonkey tutorial

MotionMonkey and Slice It Up Tutorial

In this tutorial Orrin Zucker will teach you how to create a cool effect with sliced up images by using MotionMonkey and Slice It Up in Adobe After Effects!


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