- Creates randomised 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 After Effects 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.
LayerMonkey Vs TypeMonkey
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.
LayerMonkey can achieve similar results with text when using layered Illustrator files, but all those layers need to be prepared manually. For longer pieces that’s going to be a lot of work. However, if you want to use multiple fonts, LayerMonkey is the way to go because with TypeMonkey, those changes will need to be done manually. And then theres the whole image part that LayerMonkey does that TypeMonkey is not equipped to do.
So 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 tool for the job, and in some jobs you may need both.