Ok, so i have particular emitting from a precomp that has 5 layers (each a precomp) of looping animation. But I can see that it occasionally drops a new layer in on certain particles, instead of starting the loop over. I've check all that I think is wrong
-main comp and custom particle comps are same time length
-number of clips is same as in the pre comp
-frame rates match up.
i know it is messing up and grabbing reference from a new layer because I hit one of the 5 particles in the precomp with a red fill, and in the main comp i can see it go from a normal particle to the red filled one. anyone know what is going on?
Not sure what the problem is. It sounds like you are doing everything right. The only I can help is to see the actual comp and see what is up. If you want, you can upload it to creative cow and then make it private so only I can download it. I will take a look and get back if you desire.