9 Replies Latest reply on Nov 12, 2016 1:07 PM by Szalam

    Composition panel has gone blank/grey

    oskarmatzerath

      Running AE 2017 on Windows 10, on a computer with 32GB of RAM, so that shouldn't be a problem.

       

      For some reason one of my projects has stopped updating/appearing in my composition panel. It's every single comp in the project, and none are terribly heavy. Fortunately an older version works, but that means any work done since then is gone. Any reason AE would corrupt a project? (The same project has the same results on a Macbook with 8G of RAM.) The playhead is where it's supposed to be, the magnification is good, you can actually see layer outlines in wireframe mode. I've tried purging the cache. It just no longer talks to the composition panel. Any ideas?

        • 1. Re: Composition panel has gone blank/grey
          Szalam Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          What happens if you create a new composition and add a new shape layer to it or something?

          What GPU do you have?

          Can you save it as AE version 13 (with a different name, of course) and open it in an older version?

          • 2. Re: Composition panel has gone blank/grey
            oskarmatzerath Level 1

            Adding any comp to that project, even if it just has a shape or solid, has the same (lack of) result.

            It's not a horsepower issue, my GPU is a nVidia GTX 960.

            Downsaving it just gave the same result on AE CC 2015.

             

            As an aside, why does CC 2017 take so long to open or close? It takes a LOT longer than 2015 (on the three different computers I've tried it on). Is this something an update will address soon?

            • 3. Re: Composition panel has gone blank/grey
              Szalam Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              Have you tried resetting your workspace or switching to a new workspace?

              • 4. Re: Composition panel has gone blank/grey
                oskarmatzerath Level 1

                Yup. Tried different preview resolutions. Closed the panel altogether and reopened it. In Wireframe preview I do get a black screen rather than grey, but that's it.

                • 5. Re: Composition panel has gone blank/grey
                  Szalam Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  That's crazy. Any chance you could share the project?

                  • 6. Re: Composition panel has gone blank/grey
                    Roei Tzoref Adobe Community Professional

                    I would try this:

                    1. make sure your GPU driver is up to date.

                    2. try resetting your Ae preferences upon launching:  http://blogs.adobe.com/kevinmonahan/2013/10/15/reset-after-effects-preferences/

                     

                    other than that we need more information about this project. as S suggested can you upload the project file? any plugins or scripts you are using? share a few screenshots why don'cha?

                    • 7. Re: Composition panel has gone blank/grey
                      oskarmatzerath Level 1

                      GPU driver is up to date. I have never gotten the "reset preferences" dialog box--I've tried it in the past, and no matter at what point I'm pushing ctrl+alt+shift, that's never worked for me. I did just do a complete uninstall/reinstall without keeping preferences, so there's that.

                       

                      I can't share the full project (client reasons), but within it I created a new comp with just a red solid in it, and stripped everything else out, so you can see the file in all its I-can-only-assume-it-got-corrupted glory.

                       

                      I was using Element 3D, Trapcode 3D Stroke and Shine, and Primatte. I think those are the only plugins so far, maybe some others.

                       

                      Thanks for looking into this. It's rare I start using a program immediately upon its release--I usually let the bugs work themselves out--and I think I just got bitten as an early adopter given some of the other weirdnesses I've noticed with 2017. (They beauty that was CC 2015 went through a really ugly spot at first, too, but we all came out triumphant after some updates. I expect that to happen again!)

                       

                      Since this is all about my composition panel not updating, the screenshot goes something like this:

                      screenshot.jpg

                      • 8. Re: Composition panel has gone blank/grey
                        Roei Tzoref Adobe Community Professional

                        but within it I created a new comp with just a red solid in it, and stripped everything else out, so you can see the file in all its I-can-only-assume-it-got-corrupted glory.

                        I am not following. do you mean that if you create a fresh comp inside the project with only one red solid, you are still seeing only black? does this project work in CC 2015.3? you know you can install previous versions alongside right?

                         

                        it's early to establish this is a bug. I have not seen another user report this type of thing yet.

                         

                        about resetting your preferences, you could just renaming the file "Adobe After Effects 14 Prefs.txt"

                        to  "Adobe After Effects 14 Prefs.old". you can find it when you open the preferences folder

                         

                        I suspect this is a GPU driver issue. try to check off the hardware acceleration under display

                        try to isolate your problem as much as you can, this could be a pluging gone haywire.

                        • 9. Re: Composition panel has gone blank/grey
                          Szalam Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                          Roei Tzoref wrote:

                           

                          try to isolate your problem as much as you can, this could be a pluging gone haywire.

                          Primatte is my prime suspect at the moment.