Adobe After Effects Live Link

By area-team - Oct 22, 2018



This plugin provides a live link between Maya and Adobe ® After Effects ® allowing you to view a scene in both applications simultaneously, as well as perform changes in Maya and see them update in After Effects in real-time.


This plug-in is available on Adobe ExchangeIf you are unable to install this plugin via Adobe Exchange - you can install this plugin manually by downloading this plugin here on AREA and following the instructions below.

Instructions for manual installation:

  • Unzip and copy the com.autodeskmaya.livelink directory to:
  • Win: C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\CEP\extensions
  • Mac: /Library/Application Support/Adobe/CEP/extensions
  • *Note that administrator permissions are required to access these folders.

Compatible elements include:

  • Cameras (including TransformsFocal Length / ApertureZoom)
  • Spot, Point, and Ambient Lights (including TransformsIntensityColorCone)
  • Groups (converted to Nulls)
  • Locators (including Transforms)
  • Planes (to adjust size, scale a 1x1 plane. Do not use Width / Height).
  • Meshes (converted to Solids)

And the data exported includes:

  • Position
  • Rotation
  • Scale
  • Intensity, Cone Angle, and Color (for lights)

To set up a link

  1. Open both Maya and Adobe® After Effects® .
  2. In After Effects, go to Window > Extensions > Autodesk Maya Live Link.
  3. In Maya, go to File > Adobe® After Effects® Live Link.
  4. Click Link All to link all compatible scene elements to After Effects, or middle-drag specific elements from the Outliner into the Specific objects field and then click Link Specified.
  5. After Effects loads the Maya scene into its current composition. Further changes to the Maya scene will automatically update in After Effects unless the link is broken.
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| 1 year ago
Funciona perfectamente en la versión CC 2019 de AE y ultima versión de Maya 2018 siguiendo las especificaciones de instalación descritas manualmente. 8/AGOSTO/2019
Edited by eNtSj9Qu 1 year ago
| 1 year ago
Not sure this is working on 2018 and cc2019. On the AE side of things no connection can be made.
| 1 year ago
AE Installation is a real headache.
| 1 year ago
AE????? ????
| 2 years ago
Not working Maya 2017 update 5 and CC 2014? Where are the specifications ?
| 2 years ago
THIS only to MAYA2018
| 2 years ago
Error: the Location is not available : Z:/ is unavailable. if the location is on PC, make sure the device is connected or the disc is inserted, and try again ...
| 2 years ago
Thank you so much for sorting this. The Adobe version of this plugin was (and still is) a right PitA, i could never get it to install.