I’m working on a new After Effects script for building responsive, easy-to-edit credit scrolls.
- Dynamic layout: rearrange, restyle or reclassify existing elements, or add new ones anywhere in the scroll, and everything will snap into place and update accordingly — and leave your custom text formatting alone.
- Automatic arbitrary multicolumn layouts (say that five times fast)
- Add images and footage as well as text
- Scroll in whole-pixel increments
- Change global scroll speed, position and element spacing
- Speed up previews and rendering by auto-trimming layer duration to match on-screen visibility.
It’s still missing snazzy icons and the ability to grab existing elements by type (which I’m totally stealing from Layer Selector Toolbar), but everything else pretty much works.
Want to see it in action? Check out these incredibly dull screencasts:
Editing an existing sequence:
Includes cameo by world’s slowest layer trimmer, only outdone by my earlier version of said layer trimmer!
Creating a new sequence:
You can also add text and image layers by any other method — once they’re in the comp, just assign them element types and they’ll scroll happily along.
This tool takes advantage of the recent changes to expressions in AE, so it requires CC2015 or the 13.2 version of CC2014. (And is much nicer to work with in 2015).
Credits are never fun, but this should take some of the pain out of the process. If you’re interested in beta testing, get in touch.