Javascript is the scripting language used by After Effects for accessing many of the applications features.

Programming References

Using Javascript for Adobe After Effects

Javascript can be used in variety of ways.

  • Script files put in the *\Adobe After Effects CS4\Support Files\Scripts folder will appear in File>Scripts Menu within AE.
  • Script files residing in the *\Adobe After Effects CS4\Support Files\Scripts\Startup folder will be executed at when AE starts.
  • Script files can also be run when shutting down AE when placed in *\Adobe After Effects CS4\Support Files\Scripts\Shutdown.
  • Properly written script files located in *\Adobe After Effects CS4\Support Files\Scripts\\ScriptUI Panels folder will appear as a panel option in the Window menu item of AE.
  • Script files can be loaded manually via File>Scripts>Run Script File.
  • Scritps can be run from Adobe's Scripting Editor.
  • Some scripts can also be run from an expressions field.

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