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Daniel RainerColorista 2 Problem
by on Jul 27, 2011 at 12:43:21 am

I'm having an extremely annoying problem with both the free version of Colorista and Colorista 2 in AE. While it doesn't happen all the time, sometimes I will add the effect a layer and the layer will suddenly turn completely alpha. Even when I put it on an adjustment layer, everything below it becomes alpha. This is very annoying and unexplainable. For the rest of said session, Colorista doesn't work, no matter what I try. I haven't seen anybody else having a similar problem. Any suggestions? =(


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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: Colorista 2 Problem
by on Jul 27, 2011 at 9:31:35 am

Do you have OpenGL on by chance? If so, turn it off.
What version of AE? Do you have the latest updates?

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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Daniel RainerRe: Colorista 2 Problem
by on Jul 27, 2011 at 2:10:18 pm

I did have OpenGL on. I turned it off and had the same problem. I have AE CS4. When you say updates, do you mean for Colorista or AE?


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Dave LaRondeRe: Colorista 2 Problem
by on Jul 27, 2011 at 3:14:33 pm

[Daniel Rainer] "I have AE CS4. When you say updates, do you mean for Colorista or AE?"

AE. An update to AE 9 came out AFTER Adobe released AE 10:
http://blogs.adobe.com/toddkopriva/2010/10/after-effects-cs4-9-0-3-update.h...

As far as a Colorista update for AE 9, I'm unsure if there are any... and I'll wager you got the the proper one for AE 9, the 32-bit version: not the 64-bit version for AE 10.

Another possibility: pre-AE 10 versions had troubles with Flipcam / HDV / DSLR / XDCam type codecs. This 'splains why:

Dave's Stock Answer #1:

If the footage you imported into AE is any kind of the following -- footage in an HDV acquisition codec, MPEG1, MPEG2, AVCHD, mp4, mts, m2t, H.261 or H.264 -- you need to convert it to a different codec.

These kinds of footage use temporal, or interframe compression. They have keyframes at regular intervals, containing complete frame information. However, the frames in between do NOT have complete information. Interframe codecs toss out duplicated information.

In order to maintain peak rendering efficiency, AE needs complete information for each and every frame. But because these kinds of footage contain only partial information, AE freaks out, resulting in a wide variety of problems.

I'm a Mac guy, so I like to convert to Quicktime movies in the Animation or PNG codecs; both are lossless. I'll use Apple's Compressor, Adobe Media Encoder or Quicktime Pro to do it.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Daniel RainerRe: Colorista 2 Problem
by on Jul 27, 2011 at 4:19:17 pm

I updated AE but I still have the same problem. I'm not using any of those codecs. I've tried JPG images and videos of all different types but I think the problem is in Colorista, not AE. I've reinstalled it, but in vain.


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Daniel RainerRe: Colorista 2 Problem
by on Jul 29, 2011 at 2:40:33 pm

Also I accidentally clicked the "solution" button on my original post. How would I unselect that?


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