There is a new monkey in town, and this one does layers. If you recall how TypeMonkey took the pain out of creating kinetic type animations in After Effects, Ebberts and Zucker’s new LayerMonkey for After Effects is set to do the same for animating compositional layers.
LayerMonkey is a versatile script for After Effects that arranges and animates your comp’s layers in time and space
LayerMonkey can create randomized and complex kinetic layouts using layers in your comp based on parameters entered into the control panel and Works with stills, video, pre-comps, shapes, solids, text, eps and pretty much any other type of layer AE accepts.
The author’s note that LayerMonkey is in fact similar to TypeMonkey, although LayerMonkey does need a bit more setup than TypeMonkey. The predominant difference between the two is that TypeMonkey is built to be a type generator, and although LayerMonkey can give you similar results with text, those layers need to be prepared manually.
So whats the difference? The main difference is that TypeMonkey is custom built as a kinetic type generator. It’s a workhorse. All you need to do is enter your text into the text box and click build. It also allows you to switch between multiple layouts with a few simple key commands.
The question remains, if they are similar which is better? Neither- they’re different. LayerMonkey is more flexible but requires more setup and TypeMonkey is fast and easy but more limited. You just need to pick the right simian for the job.
LayerMonkey has a special intro price until Dec 16, 2013, to learn more about LayerMonkey for After Effects, check aescripts + aeplugins here.