Inspector Spacetime

Generate motion specs from After Effects and become an engineer's best friend

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Usage

Basics

Basics

Select pairs of keyframes and click the giant button. These keyframe values will be collected within a floating panel and may be copied out as text or added to a renderable blue side panel in a duplicate comp.

Pastable Text

Pastable Text

Selected keyframe pairs are now added to the property list as plain text. Additional keys may be added to the list and the overall duration and delay of each key pair will update

Note- Live text is dead as of v2.1, the live text panel has been removed because it was a major pain to get useable data from all those expressions.

Sharable Data

Sharable Data

  • Layer name
  • Total spec duration
  • Property name
  • Delay time (from the event)
  • Duration of keyframe pair
  • Value change
  • Cubic bezier easing curve

Add-ons

Isolation Layer

Isolation Layer

If it's difficult to see what's being spec'd, you can grey out the layers below what you want to focus on. To isolate layers, click to add an isolation adjustment layer and drag it below your focused layers.

Time Counter

Time Counter

Created with every spec, a counter is also available as its own layer. Create a millisecond counter with a defined start and end point. Start the timer at the beginning of the transition to easily illustrate the global start time.

Pointer

Pointer

One element is often known by multiple names, which can be confusing. Click the pointer button to draw lines between spec data and visual elements.

Install

2019+

In newer versions of After Effects, it is possible to install RubberHose 2 and other scripts without digging through your hard drive.

File > Scripts > Install Script UI Panel…

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

2018 and older

  • Unzip the InspectorSpacetime.zip download
  • Copy InspectorSpacetime.jsx do the ScriptUI Panels folder
  • Restart After Effects
  • InspectorSpacetime will be available in the Window menu at the top of the screen. Scroll down to find the installed scripts

Why the dumb name?

The tool is named after the Doctor Who parody from the underrated NBC comedy Community. The series really falls apart at the end but it's mostly pretty amazing.

Inspector Spacetime. It's a bad pun. I'm a dad. I can't help it.