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sean rodrigues
How do I remove a Red X on screen
on Nov 26, 2013 at 9:59:54 pm

I have a red X(I want to remove) that is embedded in a precomp. I have tried to use color key effect to remove the red X, but I get a black X when I sample the red.

The red X is attached to an effect that is on screen. Strange thing is, I can see the effect( the white star sparkles), but the Red X is still on screen. Red X's usually show up when the effect is missing, as far as I know. But, I can see the effect on screen.

Anyone experienced this and know how to get rid of the red X?

Sean


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sean rodrigues
Re: How do I remove a Red X on screen
on Nov 26, 2013 at 10:44:55 pm

I must also add, AE CS6 does not list any missing files when I type missing footage and missing effects in a project search.

This was an old AE file before I opened it up in CS6. The file was done by someone else and I don't have access to the computer it was originally done in.

Sean


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Gary Milligan
Re: How do I remove a Red X on screen
on Nov 26, 2013 at 11:23:34 pm

A red X usually indicates a trial version of an application or, in your case, an effect plug-in. The only way around it is to buy the software.

Gary


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sean rodrigues
Re: How do I remove a Red X on screen
on Nov 26, 2013 at 11:46:05 pm

Thank you. In cs6, how do I find out what the plug in is if it does not come up when I type " missing effect" in the project search?

Sean


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Gary Milligan
Re: How do I remove a Red X on screen
on Nov 27, 2013 at 2:59:58 am

If you can see the effect on the footage then it's not missing. It should be in the list of effects used on that layer.

Gary


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sean rodrigues
Re: How do I remove a Red X on screen
on Nov 27, 2013 at 3:03:54 am

Hmmm... there was no Effect on the layer, only an FX. I'll take a screen grab of what I'm seeing tomorrow and show you.

Thanks for all the help, Gary.

Sean


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sean rodrigues
Re: How do I remove a Red X on screen
on Nov 27, 2013 at 4:34:13 pm

You called it, Gary. Had to open the Precomp. There is a Particular effect on the solid. I'll have to get the plug-in.

Thanks for all your help,

Sean


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Gary Milligan
Re: How do I remove a Red X on screen
on Nov 27, 2013 at 9:41:01 pm

You're welcome. Glad to hear you're back on track.

Gary


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Katy LaFleur
Re: How do I remove a Red X on screen
on Jun 8, 2016 at 5:20:39 pm

So I figured out a good work-around, depending on your resolution needs and which plugins you are using.

I made an animated logo video for my business using the amazing Particular plugin by Red Giant. I would love to buy this, but I don't really use After Effects very much and I had a low-res need.

here is my video:
It didn't need to be perfect. So this is what I did for the work-around:

In each use of the effect, I did a color replace for the red X. Now the red lines were transparent (appeared white in my video, because the background is white).

Now I had a huge white X cutting through my animations, almost as bad as the red! The cool thing though is that the line was not really white but transparent.

So I copied the effect and moved it up a few pixels. Now there were 2 white Xs, but both were much less pronounced. I did this a few times, there are 6 or so white Xs throughout the animation but are very light, hardly perceptible.

I doubt if you would be able to use this for cleaner plugins (Particular allows for some messy, cool animations) or for high-res animations. But it worked for me. Please message if you have questions on any of these steps.


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