4 Replies Latest reply on Mar 9, 2008 2:44 PM by Jonas Hummelstrand

    Import XML data?

    Level 1
      I'm running AE CS3 on XP.

      Is there any way to import XML data into AE? I have a lot of projects that use data from surveys and one of the formats available is XML. Maybe there is a script to translate something like this?

      Thanks
      -Scott
        • 1. Re: Import XML data?
          David Wigforss-Hv1BNN Level 2
          You can utilize XML data thru scripts. Open up ExtendScript, and under help there's a javascript document that has a chapter on dealing with XML data.
          • 2. Re: Import XML data?
            Mylenium Most Valuable Participant
            >Maybe there is a script to translate something like this?

            Not to sound too snobistic, but you still have to tell AE what actually you wanna create and which tools and effects to employ. It's not that AE would take your XML and render a pixel for each pair of data. You have to use solids, masks, effects or text layer to make it show up. Therefore you still have to have a plan how to visualize things as you would if you were to build your diagrams manually. As David said, importing XML is possible and there are methods like .parent and .child to walk the hierarchy, but it's not going to be a quick Saturday afternoon picknick.

            Mylenium
            • 3. Re: Import XML data?
              Level 1
              Thanks David and Mylenium. I read through the chapter which led to the points Mylenium raised. The amount of data I'm dealing with wouldn't justify the numerous 'picknicks' it would probably take to make it work. I'll explore it though because it sounds interesting. I'll have to read through the rest of the Extend doc to get a better understanding.

              Thanks
              -Scott
              • 4. Re: Import XML data?
                Jonas Hummelstrand Level 2
                Dale Bradshaw has some great starting points for reading XML into After Effects at his excellent blog:

                i http://www.creative-workflow-hacks.com/

                - Jonas Hummelstrand
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