4 Replies Latest reply on Jun 19, 2012 5:10 AM by jmringrose

    Importing Illustrator Text - error converting to shapes

    jmringrose

      Hi,

       

      Using CS6 and trying to import text from illustrator. Creates an error on converting to a shape layer.

       

      Steps were:

       

      Making a simple text only documment using a video template (1080p)

      4 layers with different text

      All large text 30+pts

      Converting to outlines

      Making sure no empty text point etc.

       

      Import as comp into AE

      Right click and convert to shape layer

       

      Works on some layers, but not others

       

      Error is:

       

      error.PNG

       

      There are no literal triangles in the text, so this is wierd:

       

      Any ideas?

        • 1. Re: Importing Illustrator Text - error converting to shapes
          Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

          Probably due to how the text is shaped (non-convex or self-intersecting curves somewhere) and the tesselation algorithm not being able to figure things out or filling them up with infinitely tiny triangles that exceed the minimum precision requirements and bring the engine to its limit....

           

          Mylenium

          • 2. Re: Importing Illustrator Text - error converting to shapes
            jmringrose Level 1

            The font we used was Arial - perhaps I should try Myriad. Presumably this was the font used to test this capability.

             

            We thought it might refer to some form of mesh or map rather than the literal font or text.

             

            We did try various sizes and simplifying, but always had at least one layer barf.

             

            Thanks.

             

            James

            • 3. Re: Importing Illustrator Text - error converting to shapes
              Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

              Sounds odd. A simple non-serif font (any of them) should not cause any problems, as obviously they consist mostly of straight lines and balanced curves. What system are you working on? Any chance this could be a precision issue with your graphics hardware because you hacked an unsupported card or have an odd driver version installed?

               

              Mylenium

              • 4. Re: Importing Illustrator Text - error converting to shapes
                jmringrose Level 1

                We use latest intel machines and top of the line Nvidia video cards ($1k each). It also happens on both our editing machines, which are pretty different in configuration and an i7 laptop with an ATi graphics processor (so it is completely out of the picture as it were).

                 

                We were careful to try not stretching or modifying the font in our test as we wondered if we were creating an issue with fractional sizes (stretched a bit to fit or made taller).

                 

                Strange!

                 

                Thanks for you thoughts though. Looks like we are back to plugins until it gets fixed. Surprised no one else is seeing it as it is very easy to recreate.

                 

                James