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May 6, 2015

Whats the difference between the Monkeys?

TypeMonkey specializes in just type. It allows you to quickly generate the text, creates a layout (that can be manually adjusted), and animates it as well. It also creates a camera that moves between each word. It’s the fastest, easiest way to create kinetic typography.

Key features

  • Creates random kinetic type layouts based on parameters entered into the control panel.
  • Keyframeless timeline makes changes to timing as simple as sliding a marker.
  • Creates a parented camera that points to each successive word as it transitions on.
  • Distributes words evenly over the length of the composition or work area.
  • Manual adjustments are easily made to size, position, rotation and opacity.
  • Features a wide range of type transitions randomly selected by default, but can be specified as well.
  • Marker Sync feature allows for push button alignment with preexisting marker layers, making syncing to music a breeze.
  • Allows for different interpolation for camera movement, auto rotate and auto frame.
  • Automatically builds and cleans to facilitate easy experimentation.
  • Now supports motion blur and preset load and save.
  • Kuler color palettes are now easily imported.
  • Support for 3rd party TextMods (sold separately), these can add support for Right to Left languages as well as other fun text modifications.
  • Check out the available TextMods: Arabic Text and Hebrew Text.
  • Free: Includes MonkeyTools– an ongoing collection of utilities specifically written to enhance the functionality of the Monkey Suite. Includes: UnShy Selected Layers, UnShy Text/Image Layers, UnShy Control Layers, Reset View, Invert Locks, Unlock All, Lock All, Scene Maker, Remove Duplicate Markers (to clean up Premiere-generated marker layers, Lock Childern & Lock Parents.) You find MonkeyTools in the same place as your main Monkey download

LayerMonkey is very much like TypeMonkey, but it works with any type of layer – video, pre-comps, graphics, whatever. Theres time controls for layers that have a time factor to them as well. However, it won’t generate text like TypeMonkey. Text has to be prepared manually in Illustrator, Photoshop or exported from TypeMonkey. From there it works much the same way, laying out, animating and moving a camera between layers.

 Key features

  • Creates randomized complex kinetic layouts using layers in your comp based on parameters entered into the control panel.
  • Features 3 different algorithms with a Justify option.
  • Works with stills, video, pre-comps, shapes, solids, text, eps and pretty much any other type of layer AE accepts.
  • Multiple controls for handling time-based layers.
  • Variable layer order options.
  • Keyframe-less timeline makes changes to timing as simple as sliding a marker.
  • Creates a parented camera that points to each successive layer as it transitions on.
  • Distributes markers across the timeline in 3 different ways.
  • Exludes non- image based layers in comp such as nulls, cameras, audio and adjustments.
  • Manual adjustments are easily made to size, position, rotation and opacity.
  • Features a wide range of type transitions randomly selected by default, but can be specified as well.
  • Marker Sync feature allows for push button alignment with preexisting marker layers, making syncing to music a breeze.
  • Allows for different interpolation for camera movement, auto rotate and auto frame.
  • Automatically builds and cleans to facilitate easy experimentation.
  • Palette controls makes colorizing layers very easy.
  • Kuler color palettes are now easily imported.
  • Supports motion blur, lock & shy, and preset Load and Save.
  • Free: Includes MonkeyTools– an ongoing collection of utilities specifically written to enhance the functionality of the Monkey Suite. Includes: UnShy Selected Layers, UnShy Text/Image Layers, UnShy Control Layers, Reset View, Invert Locks, Unlock All, Lock All, Scene Maker, Remove Duplicate Markers (to clean up Premiere-generated marker layers, Lock Childern & Lock Parents)

 

MotionMonkey is a whole other animal. It has a much more complex and versatile animation system then the other two, but it doesn’t create a layout, text or generate an animated camera like the others. It’s ideal for layered artwork that has already been designed (such as a logo, lower 1/3, or specifically layed out text) that needs to be animated into its final resolve (or broken apart if played backwards).

Key features

  • Creates a wide range of animations of your layered design based on parameters entered into the control panel.
  • Random or custom settings create animated variations from mild to wild.
  • Works with most layers including text, stills, video, pre-comps, solids, shapes, .ai, .psd, nulls and parented layers.
  • Motion Mixer option adds additional variation and complexity to animations.
  • Multiple interpolations, speeds and intensities allow for a wide range of moods, from subtle to energetic.
  • Kuler color palettes are easily imported.
  • Free: Includes MonkeyTools – an ongoing collection of utilities specifically written to enhance the functionality of the Monkey Suite. Includes: UnShy Selected Layers, UnShy Text/Image Layers, UnShy Control Layers, Reset View, Invert Locks, Unlock All, Lock All, Scene Maker, Remove Duplicate Markers (to clean up Premiere-generated marker layers, Lock Childern & Lock Parents

All the Monkeys are made to work separately or together, with the most versatile of the three, LayerMonkey acting as the missing link, marrying pre-comps created in TypeMonkey or MotionMonkey.

Which is best? Well, that depends on your project. The easiest way to tell is to download the trial versions and play with them. They were designed to have almost no learning curve, so you should be able to tell pretty quickly if its the right monkey to use.

TypeMonkey Sample 4

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