Are you sure that's the only way? It looks good and that's what I'm going for but all those thousands of groups for each layer freaked my computer out!
Go back into Illustrator. For each shape you want, make a layer. Put all the parts of the letter into that layer. Save a new Illustrator document, import into AE and try again.
Are you sure that's the only way?
Ae will create a group from each individual path - no way around that. if you have thousands of groups or even a few hundreds then Ae will slowdown or even stop completely due to the memory intensive process. maybe you can manage your project in another way. what have you got there? are all these paths unique? show us what it looks like and what you are trying to accomplish so we may offer a workaround.
Thank you Ton. this is my mistake for not looking carefully in Op's screenshot. I apologize - Op, this is not at all what you should be doing. I left a detailed response here in your other thread: Illustrator Layers and After Effects
I am copying it here as well:
you are using the wrong workflow for the job here. this is your layer:
this looks like you have written something down, traced it in Ai to make it vector, and then imported to Ae and converted to shapes and expected that by some miracle, Ae will know how to trim your path according to the letters by a million vectors you made out of pixels. this is a totally wrong approach.
you don't need illustrator here. wrong tool for the job. these are pixels and should remain pixels. if you have written something on white paper then take it to photoshop and:
1. use select -> color range and isolate the black ink from the white paper
2. after you create a selection, cut out the white so you will have blank ink on transparent background.
3. import your layer to After Effects - just one layer
4. use either the stroke effect or Write on to create a reveal of your letters. you create a path with the pen tool on each and every letter. after you are done you use the stroke effect, or use the write-on effect (if you need variable stroke through time) by pasting the mask to the position of the write-on. there are many tutorials that explain how to do this.
Alright I still don't get it, but I found a way to work around it by using masks for the straight lines and using a trim path for pen paths over the curved parts of some letters. It doesn't look bad but I am not able to feather the trim paths. Maybe I'll try your approach next time because it's probably less time consuming but I've already been working on this approach all day and I'm already balls deep in this more time consuming way. Thanks. I still don't get why it can't just take my layer as one shape, but alright.
thank you for sorting this mess. also for getting my attention to that maybe these are vectors to begin with.
if these are vectors to begin with, then you are already set for animation. just don't convert to shapes.
use a path on each letter like this (I did it on one layer because I don't have your artwrork and this won't be as flexible)
make sure you draw the paths the way you intend the letters to reveal. notice some letters will require 2 paths (like T for example) and then use the stroke effect and set it to reveal original layer