Review: Universal Audio for After Effects – Keep Your Comp Audio In Sync
Universal Audio 1.0 is an After Effects script that will come in handy for those frequently working with voiceover tracks or animating to music. Normally when working with VO & Music in After Effects, you’re either jumping back & fourth between parent comps and nested precomps, lining up audio and placing markers. Universal Audio aims to fix that with three simple buttons.
The left icon makes the selected audio layers unviseral. After you select your audio layers, this button will distribute the audio through all comps found within the master comp.
The middle icon will refresh all precomps. If you’ve made a change to your master audio track such as markers or timing, clicking this will send those changes and append them to the comps within the project.
And the trashcan does what you think it does.
I setup a dummy comp with a few layers of precomps throughout to test out the functionality. And tada, the layer markers and keyframes from the main comp’s audio track is instantly added to the child precomps:
The refresh button is where it’s at..at first I didn’t realize how much time this could save until I tried it. If you shift a precomp within your comp you know that the audio file you manually placed within that precomp will be moved out of sync with the parent comp. When moved, a quick click of the refresh button will re-sync everything like so:
It works and the only thing to really consider is the value proposition. Currently for sale at $9.99 I think it is cheap enough that if you do a lot of animating to pre-mixed music tracks and VO’s – that it is a no brainer buy. The time saved when you use if after adjusting some comp positions will make it instantly worth it. Check it out on aescripts.com