Creating Pseudo Effects for AE
Creating Pseudo Effects for AE

Creating Pseudo Effects for AE

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Do you make your own presets? Are you looking for a way to make them more organized and professional looking? Well Pseudo Effects are the answer. Pseudo Effects, sometimes called 'custom effect controls' and 'custom expression controls' allow you to put all of your controls into a single 'effect'. You can set your own defaults and value ranges so that users can use the reset button to return to the defaults you chose. There are many more advantages to using Pseudo Effects, and this tutorial will go over all of them as I walk you through creating one from scratch. The creation of these controls is done in an .XML file, so for those of you how do not feel comfortable writing your own code, or just want to speed up the process, I also end the tutorial by showing you a way of creating all of the XML without doing any programming by hand. So lets get started creating a Pseudo Effect!

Also check out the Pseudo Effect Creator, which is discussed in this tutorial

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March 29, 2011 at 10:27 am
ah.. ok .. thanks
May 01, 2011 at 7:19 am
great job man - thats really a nice idea for people (like me) which are scarred of code ;)
June 05, 2012 at 10:26 am
Thanks for the tut. The problem I'm having is running the script and getting "Cannot add a property with name 'The Name' to this PropertyGroup. Can you advise?
June 05, 2012 at 1:06 pm
Well after checking the spelling many times, I noticed I had a couple of extra inserted (small e ) Ok now. Thank you for the lesson.
October 28, 2012 at 9:27 pm
very nice ... give more like this tutorials
April 08, 2013 at 9:32 pm
If i Can Add A Glow Effects
June 16, 2014 at 4:57 am
Awesome!! But I can't seem to get it to work on CS6 After I alterd the .xml saved it restared AE the Script Editor gives me an error is this Because of CS6 or am i missing somthing?
July 26, 2014 at 10:50 pm
thank you sir :)
January 30, 2016 at 5:12 am
Does this work on CC or CC2014. Keep getting "Cannot add a property with name 'The Name' to this PropertyGroup" All spellings seem fine..not sure what's going wrong

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