well and go figure I narrowed it down to either an element or optical flares issue. Will take this to the VC forum.
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Be sure to install the latest updates. There are a lot of problems with Video Copilot plug-ins, and some are fixed by the latest updates.
Choose Help > Updates in After Effects to install the latest Adobe updates, too.
It was definitely an Element issue.. something about it didn't like the fact that it was transferred over from OSX. I (think I) solved the problem by removing the Element plugin from the folder, which then allowed me to go into the offending composition and reset the plugin.
Luckily I was using a preset from Gray Machine to animate a null for the objects position and rotation in Element, so I didn't loose this data and was able to easily rebuild the object.