Well, everyone must be at lunch ...
This may be a clue: the "Levels" effect has the "fx" icon to its left. But the "fx" icon for my footage cannot be activated. Is this because of the 32-bit depth of my sequence?
When I do a RAM preview of the footage, everything plays as expected. But with a RAM preview of the composition, all I get is BLACK. (Is this because all adjustment layers are placed in a Composition directory labeled "Solids"?)
Thanks for any help.
OK nevermind. I got it to work. Somehow the footage wasn't "part" of the Compision. DOH! To fix this, I had to drag the imported footage INTO the composition. It was listed in the Composition's timeline, but this apparently wasn't enough. Seems pretty weird to me, but it works now.
To fix this, I had to drag the imported footage INTO the composition. Who knew?
Oh, anyone who had taken the time to go over this stuff, that's who.....
....if you're well-versed in other multimedia applications, it shouldn't take to long to catch on. If you've never used the application before, it's extremely important to pay attention to the first thing you encounter at the top.
You can't use AE well unless you know how it works and thinks....
I do appreciate the snide superiority of your comment. (Really.)
But I did go over all that stuff (and a great deal more, trying to find the answer to my quetion). Apparently I missed one small detail, hence the "noob warning" in the title of my post. But I did figure it out.
Thanks for making me feel small. (In my view, there are no stupid questions, only stupid ...) :+)
Sorry, but you must have just skimmed those documents. Importing footage and adding it to a comp are the two most basic things you can do in AE.
I mean, really Really, REALLY, basic. Like breathing. Or swallowing. Or moving your fingers.
You might not like what the messenger said, but you have to heed the message.
As a test, I went through EXACTLY the same movements in building my project as before, and this time it worked as expected. (This isn't my first AE project.)
I don't know what happened previously, but it was apparently a software glitch. Until today, I have NEVER had to literally drag a footage item INTO the Comp icon listed in the Project window. In all my previous experience, just putting footage into the Layers of the Composition was sufficient, as it was this time when I repeated my steps.