Are the AI files in RGB mode?
I've tried both CMYK and RGB versions... that dont seem to be the problem (but perhaps some combination of course..?)
You have a gradient in your AI file which cannot be translated... Make it a solid color and re-create the gradient in AE.
Really..? Can this be it? I THINK i've tried standard solids - but Ive tried so many things so far, so I could have missed it... ill try... thanks a lot!!
I tried this over the weekend. It seemed to make good sense. But I still have trouble getting it to work.
The logo I use consists of three different items - som letters - the red circle with the gradient - and some white buildings on top of those.
Should I import everything as one ai-file - then create shapes - and THEN modify the circle with a colour ramp?
Or should I change the gradient in Illustrator into solid - then import it - make shapes - and treat the circle with a gradient/ramp?
OR - should I import the two easy parts, and then create the circle from scratch (shape layer - circle - ramp)?
I tried the last one, and created the ramp - looked fine - but as soon as I tried the ray-tracing and extruding, it went back to a solid red...
Its only shapes that will work with ray tracing and extrusion right? I cant import the logo-circle as i.e. a PNG and extrude that right?
Also - when I import a high resolution ai-file, it pixelates as I zoom in on the logo with the camera.. I was hoping for crisp images all the way, as it is vector-things... what am I doing wrong...?
Its also mind bugging that it takes ages for everything to render. Im nowhere NEAR a fast ram preview on a very simple cam movement on a few simple shapes, when I have attached two lights... wonder what equipment is used in the videos that show immediate ram previews... Im usually on a 2011 MacBookPro with 8gb ram.
When I render a finished movie, it says that its using 12% of 8gb ram (when nothing else is running on the machine!) - and I have dedicated all 8gb's for AE...
Its confusing how it interprets the use of ram for rendering - the more ram you set (0.75 - 1 - 1,5 - 2.0 etc) the less number of actual cpu's are used. Anyone who has a link to a good general setup guide?
Those ended up being a lot of questions.. sorry...
And thanks a lot for taking time to look into this - it IS very helpful (also reading the other discussions!!) - I feel a little alone, with noone I know doing any kind of work like this!