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Hannah Sander
Environment Layer issue
on Nov 19, 2014 at 11:21:23 pm

Hello,

I'm attempting to make an Environment Layer for the first time after watching some tutorials.

However, when I right click and select "Environment Layer" my layer completely disappears.

I have the layer (and mode) set to 3D, and I have "Ray-traced 3D" rendering enabled. I'm following the tutorials verbatim, so I literally have no idea what's going on.

Any ideas?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Environment Layer issue
on Nov 19, 2014 at 11:27:26 pm

What's the Version of AE? If you're on the cloud, don't use ray-tracing. Adobe's given it up as a bad job. Use C4D.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Hannah Sander
Re: Environment Layer issue
on Nov 19, 2014 at 11:31:42 pm

Thanks for the reply!

I'm using CS6. Most of the tutorials I followed were for CS6 as well.


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Brian Charles
Re: Environment Layer issue
on Nov 20, 2014 at 10:59:11 am

You need to add a camera for the environment layer to work.

See the attached file.

8205_enviro.aep.zip

While its true that Adobe have abandoned further development of RayTracing in After Effects, I don't agree with Dave's characterization of the RayTraced renderer, I still used RayTraced 3D for some work.

However, C4D is far more capable.



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Hannah Sander
Re: Environment Layer issue
on Nov 21, 2014 at 5:07:46 pm

Thank you so much for the example, Brian! I was able to open it up and have all the layers work perfectly.

However, when I opened a new composition and mimicked exactly what your layers were, my environment layer still disappeared! Is there a specific order I need to do it in?

I made my solid layer with a fractal noise effect, then made a new camera and text layer. I made them 3D enabled. I have ray-traced enabled. I then pre-composed my background layer before right clicking and selecting "environment layer." My background layer then goes black.

It just seems so straightforward, I can't imagine where I'm messing up!


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Brian Charles
Re: Environment Layer issue
on Nov 21, 2014 at 7:55:41 pm

Here's a demo.

Is the Comp panel set to Active Camera?

ENV2





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Hannah Sander
Re: Environment Layer issue
on Nov 21, 2014 at 9:28:43 pm

Thanks Brian,

Here is what I just attempted:

Environment Layer test



When it goes to black (or checkerboard, when I have the BG set to transparent...) I can't rotate with the camera or anything. It's just like the layer vanished.


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Hannah Sander
Re: Environment Layer issue
on Nov 21, 2014 at 9:42:38 pm

OH MY GOODNESS! I went back and studied the sample project you gave me and realized I was clicking the "Draft 3D" button (because that's what I thought I had to have selected to enable 3D layers...) AND HUZZAH! It worked!

Thank you so much for all the help, Brian!


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Brian Charles
Re: Environment Layer issue
on Nov 21, 2014 at 10:22:05 pm

[Hannah Sander] "realized I was clicking the "Draft 3D" button"

That would do it! I done similar things myself, its how I learn.



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