TypeMonkey for After Effects

Orrin Zucker, Motion Designer

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11 Lessons (59m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. TypeMonkey Trailer

    • 3. LayerMonkey Trailer

    • 4. MotionMonkey Trailer

    • 5. TypeMonkey Tutorial

    • 6. LayerMonkey Tutorial

    • 7. MotionMonkey Tutorial

    • 8. Sync to a Beat

    • 9. Sync to Voice Over

    • 10. Sync to Lyrics

    • 11. Combining TypeMonkey & LayerMonkey


Project Description

Kinetic Type with Monkeys.

Install Monkey Scripts:

Download the trial versions and install the .jsxbin files in: 

Mac: After Effects/Support Files/Scripts/ScriptsUIPanels

Windows: After Effects/Scripts/ScriptsUIPanels

Note: Trial versions are limited to 10 layers and expires after 7 days.

To create a VO Sync Marker Layer*: 

(*Optional - completed marker sync layer provided in the demo project. If you want to skip right to the TypeMonkey part, just begin at Step 9):

Requires TextEdit, Adobe Premiere and Adobe Media Encoder

Step 1: Cut and paste transcript into TextEdit and save as Unicode (UTF-8) format.


Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless like water.

You put water into a cup

It becomes the cup

You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle

You put in a teapot it becomes the teapot

Water can flow or it can crash

Be water, my friend


Step 2- Open up Premiere, Create a new project and drag the Bruce Lee Audio clip into the Project Window.

Step 3: Hold down Control and click on the clip and select Analyze Content in the pop up box.

Step 4 - Select the following: 


-Language: English-US

-Quality: High (slower)

-Reference Script - Add…(find text file).

-Select: Script Text matches recorded dialogue.


This will send the audio and script over to Media Encoder to analyze. Once thats complete it’ll bring you back to Premiere.

Step 5:  Re-select the clip in the Project Window, then select Edit/Copy (Command C).

Step 6: Open After Effects

Step 7: Create a Comp (Command N)

Step 8: Place Audio with Sync Markers into the comp by clicking Edit/Paste (Command V)

**Note: The Duplicate Marker Remover and Scene Maker steps that we went over in the video tutorial will be skipped since there is no demo version of Monkey Tools. 

Step 9: Select your font in the Character Window

Step 10: Open Scene 1, launch TypeMonkey from the Windows menu, dock it, and paste the first line of text into the Text Box (Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless like water).

Step 11: Select the audio track in the timeline, click the Marker Sync checkbox  in TypeMonkey and turn off the Include Camera checkbox.

Step 12: Click DO IT!

Step 13: Preview

Step 14: Click Undo It, make your revisions to the settings and repeat (or not).

Step 15: Insert photos, video or illustrations into the scene (optional).

Step 16: Manually make adjustments to the layout if you’d like.

Step 17: Repeat the process for Scenes 2-7

Step 18: Open the Bruce Lee Master Comp, and LayerMonkey from the Windows Menu

Step 19: Set LayerMonkey to: 

-Layer Order: Bottom

-Markers Distribution: Play Full clips

-Camera Auto Frame: Best Fit

Step 20: Click DO IT!

Step 21: Click UnDo It, make your revisions to the settings and repeat (or not).

Step 22: Render Away!



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