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Arvin Bautista
AE comp freezing on render with imported .SWF
on Sep 9, 2011 at 1:13:11 am

AfterEffects is crashing for me whenever I use a .swf in the comp, usually during render (long ram previews will crash me also). SWF is essential for me to have vector animations done in Flash, rendering to high-resolution PNG or JPG sequences is unacceptable sometimes.

It works fine for swfs that are 5 seconds or under, anything longer than that and it is liable to crash.

Anyone have any idea why this is happening?

MBP 2010 Dual Core i7 2.66ghz, 8gb ram, AE CS5, and a .swf from any version of Flash.

Arvin Bautista
Greasy Pig Studios
Los Angeles, CA
http://www.greasypigstudios.com


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Dave LaRonde
Re: AE comp freezing on render with imported .SWF
on Sep 9, 2011 at 4:01:49 pm

Are you using multiprocessing? Turn it off and see what happens.
I have a dual quad-core Mac Pro with 8 gigs, and I rarely -- if ever -- use multiprocessing.

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


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Arvin Bautista
Re: AE comp freezing on render with imported .SWF
on Sep 9, 2011 at 7:21:31 pm

I am not using multiprocessing.

Arvin Bautista
Greasy Pig Studios
Los Angeles, CA
http://www.greasypigstudios.com


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Dave LaRonde
Re: AE comp freezing on render with imported .SWF
on Sep 9, 2011 at 7:32:04 pm

A quick search of AE's online help using the search term "swwf" reveals this:
http://help.adobe.com/en_US/aftereffects/cs/using/WSDE67F770-09B6-4f4b-AF9B...

......and this:
http://help.adobe.com/en_US/aftereffects/cs/using/WSB108BC99-A69B-46c4-86D3...

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


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Arvin Bautista
Re: AE comp freezing on render with imported .SWF
on Sep 9, 2011 at 8:10:55 pm

All that says about importing and using .swfs in AfterEffects is that it is supported, it does not supported scripted and interactive animation (which my files do not have), and can be rendered continuously rasterized.

It doesn't have any other limitations and doesn't say anything about why AE would be able to render partway through and then freeze (beachball) before it can finish. It's not on a specific frame either, it feels like it's running out of available juice (RAM, I would assume, but I'd never had a crash like this with no error).

Also it seems be based on how many different frames of the swf it's rendering. A one frame swf frozen and used as a vector still in AE will not crash even if the comp is 20 minutes long, but a 30 second swf file on a 30 second comp will crash.

Arvin Bautista
Greasy Pig Studios
Los Angeles, CA
http://www.greasypigstudios.com


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Jay Martin
Re: AE comp freezing on render with imported .SWF
on Jun 28, 2013 at 6:05:08 pm

[BUMP]

I'm experiencing this problem every day with 4000x3000 pixel size videos, and have tried many things to fix it.

Sometimes closing all programs after a reboot and running it will work. Sometimes I have to shrink down the composition by 30% but for the most part I have not found a solution to fix the SWFs crashing after effects.

I'm looking more into it now and will edit the post with any updates I discover.


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