Dataclay templater alternative
Cloud-based After Effects automation tool that allows you to render 1000s of videos automatically in the cloud. Create your template in After Effects, link it to any data source (API, database, spreadsheet…), and the videos will be created & delivered to you automatically. Oh, and one more thing. Our pricing is super simple, and it fits all budgets.
An honest comparison of Plainly as a Dataclay Templater alternative.
When should you use Templater over Plainly?
Yeah, you heard that right. It’s not a mistake. We respect the Dataclay crew, so we’ll tell you when should you be using Templater instead of Plainly.
If you’re rendering a low volume of videos you’re better off with Templater. Their Templater Rig product for $70 is quite a good deal if you want to quickly link up your Google Sheet and create 10-20 variations over the lunch break.
If you’re going to only use Google sheets as your data source – Templater might also be a better bet. Because they have a native Google Sheets integration, you’ll be able to quickly set the automation up.
Templater pricing vs Plainly pricing
We’ve made our pricing as simple as possible. There are three plans, and you can choose one depending on how many videos you want to make. There aren’t any add-ons, or hidden fees. You will be getting the full feature set with any of these plans. The Web App, the video creation API, and the cloud rendering – all in one package
Cloud rendering vs local rendering
The default for Templater is local rendering. This means that you have to either create local rendering machines, or use your working machine.
With Plainly, an alternative to Templater, the default is cloud rendering. You can render up to 20 minutes of video on the cloud even with our lowest $59/month plan. Scale up your production as much as you need – gradually and without any worry about rendering.
Oh, and our machines are top-of-the-line, so the rendering is blazing fast!
Using any data source
We at Plainly are huge fans of automation (duh). That’s why we created Plainly API. This means that you’ll be able to create custom integrations and use any data source such as other APIs, databases, or spreadsheets. This flexibility will allow you to build the exact workflow you need, and maximize efficiency.
Since it’s mainly used for local rendering, Templater stores your videos on your local machine. This means that if you want to send them to your clients, you need to upload them to a cloud storage. This makes creating advanced automation workflows hard and complicated.
Once Plainly finishes your video, it’s uploaded to cloud storage and sent to your webhook. This means that you’ll be able to download & distribute your videos very easily. Send them to your clients directly, upload them to a bucket, or use them on social media – it’s all possible with a few clicks
We don’t have a support forum
A real person will solve your specific problem lighting fast. Yes, although Dataclay’s support forum is pretty useful and it’s got a ton of useful solutions…sometimes you just need an expert that’s going to solve your problem immediately. That’s how our support works – you won’t be wasting any time scrolling the forums.
Dedicated Web App
Although an After Effects plugin might be nice, we realize that not everybody has After Effects. That’s why we built a dedicated Web App which is used to upload your After Effects project and select the dynamic elements. The average time to create a template inside of Plainly is a couple of minutes, and it’s so simple that anybody can do it. This way even your non-video colleagues can use our alternative to Templater.