First, those are not comp panels, those are layer panels. Second, did you try using Fit for the Magnification factor? Third, did you try resetting your work spaces? Fourth question, are you using multiple displays? Last question, has AE ever worked before on this machine?
If you've tried everything and you have reset your preferences and your system matches the minimum system requirements and nothing is still working then we need a lot more information about your system.
thank you for your help - the screenshot shows what is being displayed after i double click on a composition, so i was assuming that these are composition panels, not layer panels, as the composition content had been displayed before.
I have tried using "Fit" it did not help, as the magnification level wasn't touched before the preview and it was displaying just fine. I tried resetting workspaces and preferences, to no avail.
I am using two 27" displays connected via DP. AE has been working just fine before, i did not make any changes to the OS or the software and drivers whatsoever.
My system matches the minimum system requirements.
I run Win 7 Pro on the following machine:
Intel i7 4960X - 3,6 GhZ
32GB DDR3 Ram
500GB SSD (Installation Location)
2 x 2 TB HDD
GeForce GTX 1080
I'm starting to think that the project might be broken, but then again importing it into a new project or copying the content of the affected composition into a new one didn't change anything. I'm not using any plugins on the composition, just a few basic expressions and keyframes.. i'm stumped
Any help or idea is greatly appreciated!
I'm having the same problem - have tried resetting panels dozens of times, rebooting, opening the backed up project etc etc. It keeps jumping from an all white undocked panel (will not allow docking) to an all grey one like your ref pic. Going crazy. Need to work on this today but I can't see anything!!! argh
I'd recommend contacting Adobe support.
It turned out that the update to CC2017 had somehow corrupted a plugin used in the composition - i had to remove the plugin and reinstall it, it works fine now.
Thanks for your suggestions!
Thanks guys - I ended up removing 2017 AE (after reinstalling several times) and installing 2015. That stopped working as well so I
had to go through and clear off every remnant of AE then I moved my cache to a separate hard drive and installed 2015 again.
So far so good! I'm 4 days behind on a contract now so fingers crossed:-)
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I first suspected "DUIK" to be the problem, when it was actually "RE:Flex" - i will get in touch with the customer support to find out why it is crashing my project, for now simply disabling the effect renders my project usable again.