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Noob Question how to get started?

Posted: November 19th, 2009, 9:50 am
by Artkansas
I understand JavaScript, and I've done some application scripting like using Python with Blender.

But I'm not sure how to get started with AE and JavaScript. I downloaded the Javascript Tools Guide and have been reading through it.

For my first application, I want to make a simple bit of code that puts guides at certain points in X and Y in the active viewer window.

I don't know where I go to find out what kind of API I connect with to access the viewer window or how to describe the guides etc. So any help is appreciated.

We are upgrading a lot of our old files from SD to HD and I want to be sure that any new art is within safe title/safe action/lower third zones. I realize that AE has some limited guides already. They show safe title for HD, but not for animations created at HD and output at SD. But I really want coding advice, not a work-around.

Thank you.

Re: Noob Question how to get started?

Posted: November 20th, 2009, 7:06 am
by Yenaphe
Well the first thing to look at is source of some other people scripts to help you understand more easily how everthing connects togather. I also recommand you reading and where Dan, expression and script guru explains some basics, and where Jeff (AE Adobe scripting guy) provides more in depth information and a lot of scripts to look at (and even some scripts to help you do scripts.

Now for your request, i'm not really sure that you can add guide with scripting, but I may be mistaken.

Re: Noob Question how to get started?

Posted: November 20th, 2009, 7:18 am
by Artkansas
Thanks. I will check out those sites.

I haven't figured out where the documentation is hidden that describes the inner workings of AE. That should give me the answer as to whether I can access the guides. I kind of wish there were something like Photoshop actions in AE. Then it would be simple. :mrgreen: