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Integrate Filestage with Adobe After Effects

Learn how to integrate Filestage with Adobe After Effects to submit compositions for review

Updated over a week ago

⚠️ Please note: To use this plugin, you need an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription and an installed version of Adobe After Effects.

Article overview:

With the Filestage plugin for Adobe After Effects, you can upload compositions directly from After Effects to Filestage. This allows you to streamline the review process and start receiving feedback immediately.

Furthermore, the feedback received on compositions can be reviewed directly in After Effects without the need to switch back to Filestage.

Get the Filestage plugin for After Effects

1. Locate the plugin in Adobe Creative Cloud

2. Install the plugin

  • Click on "Get" in the upper right corner of the screen and accept the Third-Party information.

  • The Filestage Plugin for After Effects will be installed.

Activate the plugin for your project

1. Activate the plugin inside your After Effects project

  • Open the desired After Effects project you want to integrate with Filestage.

  • Click on "Windows" in the top bar and go to "Extensions" in the dropdown menu. Now select "Filestage".

  • You will now see the Filestage plugin window in your project.

  • To disable the plugin, repeat the previous steps and click on the Filestage extension.

  • You can see if the plugin is enabled or disabled by the checkmark next to the plugin.

2. Log in to your Filestage account

  • Fill in your login information and enter your Filestage account.

  • You can now navigate through Filestage just like you would in a browser.

Uploading a composition to Filestage

1. Select the project in Filestage to which you want to upload a composition

  • In the project list, select the project where you want to upload the composition for review.

2. Upload the composition

  • Click "Upload composition" in the selected project.

  • Select the composition from the After Effects project you want to upload. You can also change the name, select the render settings, and choose the output module. Then click on "Upload".

  • The composition is now uploaded and can be reviewed as usual.

⚠️ Please note: Only Filestage-supported formats can be uploaded. You can find the list of supported file formats here;

If you attempt to upload a composition in a different format, you will receive a warning indicating that the format is not supported.

Viewing and interacting with comments

After your reviewers have given their feedback on the composition in Filestage, you can still view and interact with the comments within the Filestage plugin window in After Effects.

Viewing comments

To view comments, click on the comments within the Filestage plugin window. When you click on a comment, the associated comment will be highlighted, and the playhead will jump to the frame in Filestage. This allows you to see exactly which point the comment refers to.

Interacting with comments

While you won't see the comments directly within the After Effects composition viewer, you can still work with the comments in Filestage. You can reply to comments or take any necessary actions within the Filestage plugin. However, please note that these interactions will not be reflected within the After Effects project itself.

By using the synchronized playhead and accessing the comments in the Filestage plugin window, you can effectively review and address the feedback provided by your reviewers.

💡 What's next? Once you're done uploading a composition, see how to Manage different versions of a file.

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