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  • Jon Jon

    @johnsyounger to add to what Jeff said, here’s an easy way to think about it, step by step:

    • add “shapes pc” column to Sheet
    • create a comp called “shapes precomp” (you want it to be different so that it’s easy to rename in a following step)
    • add “shapes precomp” to your timeline (within another comp)
    • select the “shapes precomp” layer in your Timeline panel, hit “enter” to rename, and change its name to “shapes pc”

    Now, in your data field you can set {{precomp 1}} and {{precomp 2}}, and Templater will look for comps with those names in your “Project” panel, and swap them in in place of the shapes precomp layer that you added at the beginning.

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  • Jon Jon

    @dhannigan To add to what Jeff said, when you set the render range in the Templater panel (rows x to z) and click on either the “Render” or “Replicate” buttons, those processes work differently from “the Bot,” which can process large datasets in smaller chunks (1-20 rows can be queued at once, then once those are done, the next set will start processing). If you are setting rows 1 through 3500 and clicking “Replicate,” Templater will have to add all 3500 rows into it’s memory, which will be a computationally taxing process. Using Render/Replicate on large datasets can be done (even if it’s slow or unresponsive), but it’s not recommended to use Templater in that way, for the symptoms you describe (hanging for half an hour). It’s why we added the Bot functionality, since we’d generally recommend setting a smaller range of data at one time, manually, then once that range is done, manually setting the next range.

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  • Jon Jon

    @pbretz Are all machines looking at the same worksheet within one Sheet? How many items were being queued at once on each machine?

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  • Jon Jon

    @Oliver This can also be solved with an expression. Take a look at this post.

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  • Jon Jon

    @Jeff-Rubin Could you clarify which form you are talking about, as we have several methods of communication on our site-- a general contact form, a support ticket form, and if you’ve submitted either form previously, you can either reply directly to any emails you receive from us or access and reply to your tickets when logged into the same account that sent the messages under the “account” menu. If something is broken, we need to know specifically what was happening so that we can investigate and address it. Thanks!

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  • Jon Jon

    @pbretz It’s probably difficult to do without some kind of math if your timeline is moving around a lot, but since you can pass data values to be arguments in an event script incantation, you could pass a time/timecode value into a script to extract key frames as stills using the above mentioned methods.

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  • Jon Jon

    @pbretz The partial paths for footage references in your data should work with / on both Windows and Mac. I can’t remember exactly, but there might be an exception for any aep data values, where it is expecting an absolute path to the project file, but I think those can get parsed either way.

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  • Jon Jon

    @IanW Just as an extra idea for dealing unwieldy data in a Sheet, you could also look at using formulas like transpose to combine or modify data in a way that makes it easier to manage. With transpose you can set up your data in rows in one worksheet (vertical), then automatically convert that data to columns (horizontal) in the worksheet that Templater would check. Here is a sample Sheet demonstrating this.

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  • Jon Jon

    @pbretz As a note, using the {{compname}} notation to set your default comp is the best practice over setting it in the Preferences, especially in a context where you might be switching between project files, but you only ever want one comp to be named that way. You can always override the target with a target value in your data.

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  • Jon Jon

    @pbretz AE’s caption support is basically non-existent. I had at one point built out a proof-of-concept project to use a subtitle file (I think an srt?) to burn in subtitles, but as far as sidecars, are you looking for a secondary tool to generate them? Or are the sidecars already created for each segment, and they need to be strung together? I’m not super familiar with captioning tools, and the ones that I do know about, from an integration standpoint, are for Premiere.

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