Try starting AE with caps lock on.
Hopefully it won't render anything on opening up and it will give you a chance to remove the offending effect.
This usually works for me when a plugin is crashing AE on startup
I tried that, but unfortunately I got the same thing
Do you get the same when importing the file into a blank one with caps on?
The caps lock trick usually works.
The only other thought I have is to move that effect out of the plugins folder so AE thinks its missing.
Yea, same thing when importing it into a blank comp- where exactly would I find the auto-contrast plugin?
I'm not at a machine at the moment but it should be listed somewhere in the effects folder I would think. Find where the program is installed program files...adobe...after effects and browse in there
Tbh you could probably move all of them out as you want to see if it will open with out crashing and then deleting the auto contrast from the project.
It will just list all your other effects as missing and will find them next time when you have returned the effects back.
The Auto Contrast effect is a normal plug-in inside your program folder.
C:\Program Files\Adobe\After effects CS6\Support Files\Plug-Ins\Effects
Put parentheses around the file name (including the *.aex extension) so AE ignores it on loading. beyond that we need to know much more about your system or project. So far you have not told us anything like what graphics card, what comp settings, what footage is used and so on...
Thanks guys, I went to the plugins folder and removed the auto-contrast plugin. I was able to open my compostion and transfer everything to a new file. Thankfully I still have all my work!
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Hello, I know it's been a while but I'll leave my two cents for anyone encountering this problem.
Adobe knows about this bug, and the solution they provide worked for me: http://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/kb/crash-plugin-shadow-highlight.html
I know the article is about a bug while using shadow/highlights, but it can happen while working with different plugins, in my case, I was using Warp stabilizer and an adjustment layer above it with auto color, but it happens to different combinations, such as: paint & shadow/highlights, puppet & auto contrast, etc. Apparently, the streamline AE works with prefers footage with effects precomped before applying an adjustment layer to it.
The After Effects CC (12.2) update fixes a cause of a crash involving the Auto Contrast effect, Auto Levels effect, and related effects.
Let us know how it works for you after you've installed the update.