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TypeMonkey for After Effects v1.17

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Kinetic Type Generator

Generates complex kinetic type animations – camera included – dynamically linked to markers for easy customization. No keyframes involved. Incredibly fast, powerful and intuitive.


Highlights

“Yikes!” -Bill Dawson, XK9, LA / Kurt Murphy WIVB TV, Buffalo

When two beta testers on opposite sides of the US, came up with the exact same word to describe their first experience with TypeMonkey, you know something unusual is going on. Without knowing any details about what they were being sent, no user guide or instructions, that’s exactly what happened.TypeMonkey creates fully customizable kinetic type animations for video and film productions. While the algorithm is very complex, the user interface is very intuitive. It was created with both the novice and expert in mind. Try TypeMonkey and see if you don’t say “Yikes!” too.

Features:

  • Creates random kinetic type layouts based on parameters entered into the control panel.
  • Keyframe-less timeline makes changes to timing as simple as sliding a marker.
  • Creates a parented camera that points to each successive word as it transitions on.
  • Distributes words evenly over the length of the composition or work area.
  • Manual adjustments are easily made to size, position, rotation and opacity.
  • Features a wide range of type transitions randomly selected by default, but can be specified as well.
  • Marker Sync feature allows for push button alignment with preexisting marker layers, making syncing to music a breeze.
  • Allows for different interpolation for camera movement, auto rotate and auto frame.
  • Automatically builds and cleans to facilitate easy experimentation.

Quotes:

“Nice work. Very easy to use, with instant results.” -David Simons (After Effects Co-Creator) Adobe Principal Scientist / Dynamic Media Advanced Product Development

“Ridiculously easy kinetic type animations” – lesterbanks.com
“Takes the tedious process of animating a lot of text and makes it easy and quick!” – ministryav.com

“TypeMonkey for AE Will Blow You Away!” – hendronix.com

“Seriously, if you do any type of typography work, definitely look into this script!” – creativedojo.net

“Wow!…this is amazing. You’ve cut my Kinetic Typography lesson down from 1 hour to 5 minutes with this one!” – angietaylor.co.uk

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.

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

1.17  (Current version)  –  Oct 15, 2018

  • Fix error in handling characters with umlaut.
  • Update expressions for AE’s new JavaScript engine.
  • Update licensing framework.

Combining LayerMonkey and TypeMonkey

By Orrin Zucker: "This tutorial shows how to use both LayerMonkey and TypeMonkey together."

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TypeMonkey Tutorials

TypeMonkey is an evolutionary new approach to creating kinetic typography for video and film productions. It allows for an endless range of keyframeless, completely customizable solutions in seconds, generated entirely within Adobe After Effects. It’s powerful, intuitive and even a little bit addicting. Not only is it now available at Toolfarm, we also have a couple tutorials for it from aescripts!

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