You.i TV has a custom integration with Adobe After Effects (AE) to give you a seamless experience with the Adobe suite you’re already familiar with. To get started, you’ll need to install our Engine, then our AE plugin. We support Adobe After Effects Creative Cloud version 2018 through 2021.
All motion designers working on the same project must use the same versions of both the Engine and AE.
When it comes to installing the plugin, you have two options:
Which installation method should you choose? It depends on how you plan to work.
We have a special Preview Tool that lets you preview your designs in AE regardless of how you install the plugin. If previewing is all you want to do, your simplest option is to install only the plugin.
However, if you’d like to export your designs from AE and test them on actual devices, you’ll need You.i Platform installed. In that case, use the second installation option.
To install the Engine, you need to know how to use a Windows command prompt, terminal window, or PowerShell window. You’ll also need administrator permissions for your PC. You may need to contact your IT department to get these permissions.
If you’re working with a development team that already has You.i Platform installed, you can install and use the plugin files without installing the full Engine.
Ask a developer to zip the contents of the
When you unzip the file, you’ll have two folders:
Close After Effects, then use Windows Explorer to navigate to the
Plug-ins folder you unzipped.
Copy all the files in that folder.
Navigate to your After Effects application folder, then the
Support Files >
Paste the copied files into the
Go to the
Scripts folder you unzipped and navigate to the
ScriptUI Panels subfolder.
Copy everything from that folder.
Back in your After Effects application folder, navigate to
Support Files >
Paste your copied files into the
ScriptUI Panels subfolder.
You can now test the plugin.
Open a new command prompt as the local administrator. To do this, right-click the application you want to run, and select “Run As Administrator.”
If you already have You.i Platform installed, skip ahead to install the plugin.
See whether Chocolatey is installed.
If Chocolatey is installed, compare the version with our supported version, 0.10.11. If you have a mismatch, install the right version.
If you get an error that the command isn’t found, follow the instructions here to install Chocolatey.
You’ll need the Yarn package manager. We support version 1.13.x through 1.22.x.
Check to see whether Yarn is installed.
If it’s installed, verify that the version is 1.13.x through 1.22.x. If it’s not installed, or if you have a version mismatch, follow the installation instructions provided by Yarn to install the correct version.
From the same command prompt window as before, run the following command to install the You.i TV command line tool (often called the CLI, or command line interface).
yarn global add youi-cli
Then, log in to our server with your provided API key and install the Engine.
youi-tv login # Enter your API key or user name when prompted. youi-tv install 6.13.0 # If asked, accept most recent version of Babel or other dependencies
Run the following command to install the plugin to the After Effects
A prompt appears if privileges are needed to continue. If installation is successful, you’ll see a message like the following:
-> Installed AEPlugin version 6.13.0 into \Applications\Adobe After Effects 2021
setup-plugin command above assumes you’ve installed the latest version of the Engine.
If you have multiple versions of the Engine installed, you may get an error.
You can specify the Engine version you want to use with
Then, try installing the plug-in again.
If the installation fails, you can you can use Option 1 to install the files manually instead, by copying them from your Engine installation folder.
To verify that the AE plugins and scripts are installed correctly, launch After Effects and open the Composition menu. The menu shows a number of entries beginning with You.i.
Next, open the After Effects Window menu and look for You.i options near the bottom of the menu.
You can also check the contents of your
Plug-ins folder under your AE install.
You should see the following plugins:
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