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In an AE plugin, how to create a "banner" at the top of the ECW?

Community Beginner ,
Jun 19, 2024 Jun 19, 2024

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I'm creating an AE/PPro plugin using the AE SDK. I'd like to have a small "branding" image at the top of the params in the effect control window (ECW). I've got some code working, based on the Custom_ECW_UI sample, but I'd like to not have the twirly at all -- just a non-closeable banner image. Here you can see my banner (the black rect) has a twirly and a reset control above it. Any way to hide those?

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Jun 20, 2024 Jun 20, 2024

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It's a custom ui implemented on some param. Take a look at the "color grid" sample project to see how an ecw ui is implemented.

You can use a null param for the custom ui to spare your plugin some unused data being saved and handled.

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Jun 20, 2024 Jun 20, 2024

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Thanks -- the "color grid" example shows exactly what I'm trying to avoid. Here's what it looks like:

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You can see the twirly, stopwatch, name, and reset button at the top of the param. I can make the name be "" and make the param not animate to remove the stopwatch, but the twirly and reset button, and that whole line containing them, remain. I'd like to remove those, just showing the banner image directly under the masking tools.

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Jun 20, 2024 Jun 20, 2024

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ah, i see.

using PF_ADD_NULL() you can rid of the stopwatch and reset buttons.

you'll still have the twirly thigie. you can try to get rid of it (i've never tried it) using:
1. PF_PUI_TOPIC, to paint over the twrily triangle so it would become invisible. i don't remember if the AE's ui paints over the custom ui or the other way around.

2. if #1 works, you can make your banner param always twirl down during UPDATE_PARAMS_UI, in case the user accidentally clicked where the hidden twirly arrow is.

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Jun 20, 2024 Jun 20, 2024

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Ha, clever suggestion. I just gave that a try and so far, there's no way I can find to draw into that topic area. Oh well. (And the reset button is always there on the right, even with PF_ADD_NULL, but since the twirly is there anyway, I'm ok with that for now.)

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Jun 20, 2024 Jun 20, 2024

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I don't think there's way to do that. I've dug through my archives and all plug-ins I ever had or can remember had their banners after the Options/ About hot links in a separate group or custom control.

 

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