7 Replies Latest reply on Nov 21, 2016 1:15 PM by Roei Tzoref

    Everything disappears when I move my timeline in After Effects!

    jasont34376268

      Hello everyone,

       

      I'd love some help on this if possible.  I'm a relative novice with AE, but here goes:

       

      I started a new project, and brought in some vector files from Illustrator.  Now, when I try to move one of my layers from one part of the screen to another part, everything disappears when I move the Current Time Indicator.  Any idea why?

       

      I'm using Adobe After Effects CC 2017.

       

      Thanks so much for any help.

       

      Jason

        • 1. Re: Everything disappears when I move my timeline in After Effects!
          Roei Tzoref Adobe Community Professional

          have you got Caps Lock turned on? it will disable the preview.

           

          other than that please show full screenshots of what exactly is your setup and try to illustrate what is happening.

           

          you wrote that you move one layer from one part of the screen to another but you also mention moving the CTI. so what is your exact workflow and what exactly is happening step by step?

          • 2. Re: Everything disappears when I move my timeline in After Effects!
            Dave LaRonde Level 6

            Adobe JUST came out with a bug fix.  No clue if you have it.  It might help  -- no guararntees.

            • 3. Re: Everything disappears when I move my timeline in After Effects!
              jasont34376268 Level 1

              Hi Roei,

               

              Thanks for responding to my plea for help!

              To answer your first question, no, I didn't have Caps Lock on, that wasn't the problem.

               

              I'm trying to make a 15 second typographic animation with vector graphics created in Illustrator.  I've imported them into a project in After Effects.

              I'm trying to extend the green bar for all the layers in the timeline (so all the layers will be live for the full 15 seconds), but can't seem to do so (here's a screenshot):

              Screen Shot 2016-11-21 at 12.31.21 PM.png

              I've tried time re-mapping and time stretching, but even when I do that, the graphics disappear before I've finished running the cursor over the layers.  Here's a video:

               

               

               

               

              So, basically, I just want to be able extend the green layers to the end of the timeline (15 seconds) and have my graphics visible at all times (except when I make them disappear by turning their Opacity down to 0%).

               

              Any help would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks so much.

               

              Jason

              • 4. Re: Everything disappears when I move my timeline in After Effects!
                jasont34376268 Level 1

                I'm trying to make a 15 second typographic animation with vector graphics created in Illustrator.  I've imported them into a project in After Effects.

                I'm trying to extend the green bar for all the layers in the timeline (so all the layers will be live for the full 15 seconds), but can't seem to do so (here's a screenshot):

                Screen Shot 2016-11-21 at 12.31.21 PM.png

                 

                I've tried time re-mapping and time stretching, but even when I do that, the graphics disappear before I've finished running the cursor over the layers (video below). 

                So, basically, I just want to be able extend the green layers to the end of the timeline (15 seconds) and have my graphics visible at all times (except when I make them disappear by turning their Opacity down to 0%).

                 

                Any help would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks so much.

                 

                Jason

                • 5. Re: Everything disappears when I move my timeline in After Effects!
                  jasont34376268 Level 1

                  Hi Dave

                   

                  Just posted a message to you with what I'm trying to do in case you can help.  Also, I had such tunnel-vision that I forgot to say "Hello" in my previous message!  Apologies for my rudeness!

                   

                  if you can help, that would be great.  If not, no worries.

                   

                  Have a good one.

                   

                  Jason

                  • 6. Re: Everything disappears when I move my timeline in After Effects!
                    Dave LaRonde Level 6

                    That's an easy fix.  Put the timeline cursor (CTI) at the end of the timeline.  Select all the layers. Now, trim all the layers' out points to the timeline cursor position.  They keyboard shortcut is  alt-] win, Opt-] Mac.

                    • 7. Re: Everything disappears when I move my timeline in After Effects!
                      Roei Tzoref Adobe Community Professional
                      I'm trying to extend the green bar for all the layers in the timeline (so all the layers will be live for the full 15 seconds), but can't seem to do so (here's a screenshot):

                      the problem (that is easy to miss since you cropped your screenshot at somewhat crucial place but you left other clues) is that you imported your illustrator layers as sequence, and not footage. re-import your layers and make sure the sequence option is not checked.