After Effects scripting guru Lloyd Alvarez is kindly hosting Ease and Wizz at his ridiculously useful site, aescripts.com. Ease and Wizz will continue to be free and open, but donations are gratefully received if you find it useful, particularly if you use it in a commercial capacity. Thanks!
Ease and Wizz is a set of expressions for After Effects that give you more ways to interpolate between values. The obvious use is in motion, but they can be used on animated properties of any kind. They’re applied with an After Effects-ish palette that can be docked, so it’s very easy to use.
A while back, Flash guru Robert Penner created a suite of extremely useful easing equations that have been used to build thousands of websites worldwide. I’ve adapted these equations to work as expressions in After Effects (for an introduction to After Effects expressions, check out Dan Ebberts’ excellent site).
One advantage of using an expression for easing is that the keyframes are editable. You can drag objects in the comp viewer, or move keyframes in the timeline, and the easing will be updated immediately.
Ease and Wizz has been reviewed by these good folk:
Gyorfi Szilard has very kindly put together a comprehensive screencast guide to installing Ease and Wizz on Windows Vista. If you’re on Windows, I encourage you to check it out. Otherwise, cross-platform instructions are below.
Open the After Effects preferences. Check that “Allow Scripts to Write Files and Access Network” is enabled.
Navigate to the After Effects Scripts folder. On my Mac it’s here:
/Applications/Adobe After Effects CC/Scripts/
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CC\Support Files\Scripts\
Create a folder in Scripts called “ScriptUI Panels” (if there isn’t one already; since CS4, it should come with one conveniently made for you).
Extract the zip archive into the ScriptUI Panels folder. It should look something like this:
Relaunch After Effects. There should be a new item under the Windows menu, right at the bottom: “Ease and Wizz.jsx”. When you select this item, a new panel should appear. You can dock it with some other panels, wherever’s convenient.
Create a new comp and put something in there (shape layer, bitmap, solid etc.). Animate one of its properties, such as position or scale. With at least one keyframe selected, select the “Apply” button on the Ease and Wizz palette.
You can kick back and watch this screencast, or scroll down for a more literary overview.
Simply select the properties that you wish to add expressions to, choose the type of easing from the popup menu, whether it should be “in”, “out”, or both and click Apply. As of version 1.1 it’s possible to apply the expression to all keyframes instead of just the first two.
You can choose any number of properties (including different kinds), on any number of layers, and the script will add expressions to everything that’s selected.
Note: If there are already expressions on the properties that are selected, they’ll be replaced when you click Apply.
Expo, Circ, Quint, Quart, Quad, Sine
Back, Bounce, Elastic
There is a bug fix update available from Adobe (more info here). Just upgrade your copy to 11.0.1 using Adobe Updater.
This seems to be a limitation with After Effects, and occurs when any expression is applied to the Mask Shape property. Temporarily disabling the expression with the “=” button will allow editing of the path.
These expressions are pretty speedy to apply, but don’t offer too much in terms of customising. For that, I recommend checking out Dan Ebberts’ motionscript.com. The Physical Simulations is a great jumping off point.
I never had any joy getting the palette to work in AE7. However, you can always just copy and paste the expressions directly into the property you’re animating … if, for example you wanted an expo in-out tween on a position property, keyframe it as usual then open the file “inOutExpo-easeandwizz-all.js”. Copy the contents, add an expression to the position property, then paste it in.
The expressions themselves are separate files in the “easingExpressions” folder. The main script figures out which one you intend to use, opens the relevant file, and the applies the expression to all the properties you’ve got selected. In a pinch, you could also do this manually (but it’s pretty laborious).
It’s a pun on a song title by UK band Pulp: “Sorted for E’s & Wizz”.
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