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Ryan Crash
When I import into adobe After Effects the screen is black?
on Feb 14, 2013 at 3:10:35 pm

Hi all, when I import a file into Adobe After Effects the image no matter what type of file is just black. I drag it into the timeline and it is still black. I am completely new to Adobe After Effects so I am stuck as to what to do? Could someone please give me some direction or advice to what seemingly is a simple issue yet one I cannot work out! Thank you very much.


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Ridley Walker
Re: When I import into adobe After Effects the screen is black?
on Feb 14, 2013 at 9:23:46 pm

More information would be helpful.

FIrst what sort of file are you importing?

Second, tell us about your computer and operating system. (Processor, RAM, video card, Windows/Mac OS version).

Third tell us what version of After Effects. (Have you installed all the updates?)

Perhaps then someone could try to determine the problem.


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Ryan Crash
Re: When I import into adobe After Effects the screen is black?
on Feb 22, 2013 at 7:58:47 pm

Hoi there, thanks for the reply. It is when I try to import an .ai file. When importing anything else it seems to be fine?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: When I import into adobe After Effects the screen is black?
on Feb 15, 2013 at 3:27:48 am

It sounds as if you're trying to use AE intuitively. This is s sure recipe for disaster, no matter how badly you want to make cool things. There are no shortcuts in AE: you have to learn the basics first.

Here on the COW, Andrew Devis has an excellent series of AE tutorials. Do youself a gigantic favor and do them.

When I first learned AE, training materials of similar quality to the Andrew Devis series would set you back $500 or more. Now they're free... thanks, Andrew!

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


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Ryan Crash
Re: When I import into adobe After Effects the screen is black?
on Feb 22, 2013 at 8:01:26 pm

Thank you so much for your link to the tutorials. I seemed to be able to import any other file except an .ai file. This just shows up black for some reason?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: When I import into adobe After Effects the screen is black?
on Feb 22, 2013 at 10:10:07 pm

Yeah, the stuff in your Illustrator document is black and you've got AE's background set to black.

Ever try to find a black cat in the dark?

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


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