Without knowing what effects you actually use and things like system info nobody can advise. Yes, that's some third-party tool reverting to demo mode, but based on your non-info, nobody can even guess.
Sorry. I am working on AfterEffects CC 2015.2 Version 184.108.40.206, 67% used of 8 GB, 511 plug-ins on an iMac14,4 Intel Core i5 1.4 GHz Number of Processors: 1 Total Number of Cores: 2 L2 Cache (per Core): 256KB L3 Cache: 3 MB Memory: 8 GB.
The Composition is a 17 Layer project derived from a Photoshop file 1920 x 1080, and to be honest, I am not sure how many or what effects I have used so far. If I figure out how to see what I have applied so far, I will add that info here. As I said, learning.
Find the layer that is giving you problems by using the solo button or by turning layers off one by one. When you find the layer causing the problem press the U key twice to reveal all modified properties. You will probably see effects added Turn off the effects one by one until you find the one that is generating the red X. The last step is to purchase that a effect from the vendor and properly install it, activate it using your serial number or installation procedure or replace it with an effect that is part of AE or has been paid for.
If you have no idea how to find the FX switch or the instructions are confusing then you should start here to learn how the AE UI works and how to get around. Basic AE
I am VERY new at AfterEffects, exploring by doing (aggravating experts), and a new composition I am working on just acquired a big red "X" from corner to corner. I have read that this is probably a plugin I inadvertently used without having "permission," although I am wondering how this happened inside of a program I am paying for. Is there a way to see where the error is, so I can correct it?
I am working on AfterEffects CC 2015.2 Version 220.127.116.11, 67% used of 8 GB, 511 plug-ins on an iMac14,4 Intel Core i5 1.4 GHz Number of Processors: 1 Total Number of Cores: 2 L2 Cache (per Core): 256KB L3 Cache: 3 MBMemory: 8 GB.
The Composition is a 17 Layer project derived from a Photoshop file 1920 x 1080.
Looking at the Flowchart, I can see that I have applied the following effects:
Brightness & Contrast
CC Radia Fast Blur
Fade In+out - msec (Solid Composite)
Thanks! I will respond with any information needed asap.
Thanks!!! I will do that now and get back to you. Appreciate the guidance.
That was all I needed to know! Thank you!!
I was able to got through my layers one at a time until I found the offending plug-in, an effect called "Glimmer." I did not realize that some effects are "premium" that must be paid for. I disabled the four instances where I had applied that, and the dread Red X is gone.