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Quick start

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Download

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Use the included files to install in any number of ways to help you do your best work.

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Void.zip/
 headless/
    Void_newVariant.jsx
    Void_newVoid.jsx
    Void_newVoidInvisible.jsx
    Void_newVolume.jsx
    Void_zeroSelection.jsx
 icon/
    variant.svg
    void-ui.svg
    void.svg
    volume.svg
    zero.svg
 Kbar/
    Void.kbar
 Void manual.url
 Void.jsx

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Install

Void can be used in a number of ways, with a few different ways to install based on how you want to use it.

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ScriptUI

KBar

Keyboard

ScriptUI install

Overlord.jsx

To install a dockable a script that may live within the Ae interface:

File > Scripts > Install Script UI Panel

Restart Ae and the script will be available in the Window menu at the top of the screen. Scroll down to find the installed scripts.

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Get to work

Void was designed to be simple with the smallest learning curve possible. Our hope is that it responds naturally to what you are doing and you never need to think about what everything does.

Keep reading for more about each button ↓

Manual

Void UI
Void UI
Void UI

New Void

The way Void layers are created depends entirely on what you have selected in your Ae timeline.

  • Nothing selected - Void at comp center

  • One layer - Void becomes the parent and takes the layer's Position/Rotation/Scale zeroing out the transforms of the layer

    • Optional checkboxes to disable zeroing Scale or Rotation

  • 2+ layers - Void becomes the parent at the mid-point of the layers

  • Transform keyframes - Select a layer's Position, Scale, or Rotation properties and the keyframes will be transferred to the new Void layer.

  • 2D position properties - The selected property is expression linked to a Void and the Void is parented to the layer. Supported properties:

    • Position inside a shape layer

    • Shape layer gradient end points

    • Puppet pin

    • Effect position (Gradients)

  • Path - Path to Void (like the native script Path to Nulls but with Voids)

Keyboard modifiers

  • Shift - Create Void at comp center regardless of selection

    • great for slow scaling a bunch of elements

  • Alt/Option - Zero layer

    • Create Voids for each layer

    • Zero out the transforms of selected layers

    • Move the Void to the bottom of the layer stack

    • Hide/shy/lock the Void

  • Shift + Alt/Option (with multiple layers selected) - Creates a Void as a parent for each selected layer rather than a single layer at the midpoint

Visibility

Show/hide the outline on new Void layers depending on your own preferences. Disabling visibility will remove the expressions used to draw the Void layer bounding box. This might shave off a few milliseconds of render time.

Void UI
Void UI
Void UI

Volume and Variant

  • New Variant - Create a shape layer that acts like an adjustment layer. Placing effects and plugins on a Variant will affect all the layer’s below it

  • New Volume - Create a shape layer that acts like a solid and is filled with a solid color.

    Be aware that some effects like to be on footage layers rather than shape layers in order to have real coordinates rather than vectors that redraw constantly to be resolution independent.

Changelog

1.2.1

Nov 7, 2023

Fixed
  • Error: Cannot Set Value becuase property is hidden

1.2.0

Nov 2, 2023

Added
  • Option to create new Void layers without UI and controls

  • Path to Void (like the native script Path to Nulls but with Voids

  • Stand-alone KBar buttons for each of the main functions (Void, Variant, Volume, Zero, UI)

  • Stand-alone headless scripts for Zero selection and Add Void-nonVIsible Icons

Changed
  • Zero layer (create void, parent, move void to bottom of layers, hide, shy, lock) is now a first-class citizen

  • Support for creating voids for multiple selected layers layers

Removed
  • Replace null/solid layer features

1.1.1

May 31, 2023

Fixed
  • Separate dimensions now respects the Ae preference correctly

1.1.0

May 18, 2023

Added
  • Create Voids and link to selected 2D position properties

  • SHIFT + New Void: sets the Void position to comp center while setting it as the parent

  • ALT/Opt + SHIFT + New Void: Creates a Void without any pseudo effects or strokes - Ultra Void mode

Changed
  • New Void adopts the name of a single selected layer

  • ALT/Opt + New Void: Still creates a hidden Void at the bottom of the layer stack, but retains the previous selection

Fixed
  • Name incrementation logic improved

1.0.4

Jan 3, 2023

Added
  • Void roundness control

  • Copying effects from nulls to voids when replacing

Changed
  • Zero Scale and Rotation when selecting a single layer

  • New Void is inserted in parenting chain. If selected layer(s) have a single parent layer, this parent will become the parent of the new Void.

  • New Void layer is locked when holding ALT/Opt to create a hidden Void

1.0.3

Dec 29, 2022

Changed
  • Logic to preserve the parenting hierarchy and only parent the top-most selected layers to a new Void layer

1.0.2

Dec 28, 2022

Added
  • Support for zeroing 3D layers

  • Support for finding the midpoint of 3D layers

1.1.1

Dec 28, 2022

Fixed
  • Replace solids was removing footage

1.0.0

Dec 27, 2022

  • Initial release

Design and animation and alchemy.

Stare into the void.

2024 Battle Axe inc.

Design and animation and alchemy.

Stare into the void.

2024 Battle Axe inc.

Design and animation and alchemy.

Stare into the void.

2024 Battle Axe inc.