How to use pt OpenSesame Serial to export and import After Effects projects
pt OpenSesame Serial is a script for After Effects that allows you to export and import projects in a human-readable text format. This can be useful for creating multiple versions of a project, editing text or footage in a spreadsheet, or making projects backward compatible with older versions of After Effects.
In this article, we will show you how to use pt OpenSesame Serial to export and import projects in After Effects. You will need to have the script installed and activated in your After Effects Scripts folder. You can purchase the script from aescripts.com or download a trial version.
Exporting a project
To export a project, follow these steps:
Open the project you want to export in After Effects.
Go to File > Scripts > pt_OpenSesame.jsxbin.
In the pt OpenSesame panel, click on Export Project.
You will be asked to save your project file and a text values file will be created along with it. The text values file will have the same name as your project file with a .txt extension.
Open the text values file in a text editor or a spreadsheet application. You will see the structure and contents of your project in a tab-delimited format. You can edit any values you want, such as text, footage paths, property values, etc. You can also add or delete rows or columns as long as you maintain the structure of the file.
Save the text values file in the same format. You can save as many versions as you like with different names.
Importing a project
To import a project, follow these steps:
Launch After Effects and run pt OpenSesame from the Scripts menu.
In the pt OpenSesame panel, click on Import Project.
Select the text values file that contains the changes you want to import. The script will create a new project file with the same name as the text values file with a .aep extension.
Open the new project file in After Effects. You will see your changes applied to the project.
One of the advantages of pt OpenSesame Serial is that it can make your projects backward compatible with any version of After Effects back to CS3. This means you can open your projects in older versions of After Effects without losing any information or functionality.
To make your projects backward compatible, follow these steps:
Export your project using pt OpenSesame from the latest version of After Effects that you have.
Launch an older version of After Effects (CS3 or later) and run pt OpenSesame from the Scripts menu.
Import the text values file that you exported from the newer version of After Effects. The script will create a new project file that is compatible with the older version of After Effects.
Open the new project file in the older version of After Effects. You will see your project converted to the older format without losing any data or features.
Note: Some parts of projects cannot be exported or imported due to scripting limitations. These include paint, rotobrush, puppet pin effects, text mode properties (such as kerning, paragraph and vertical text), custom data values, and some effect properties (such as levels histogram and hue/saturation). In these cases, you can use alternative effects or properties that are supported by pt OpenSesame. 061ffe29dd