4 Replies Latest reply on May 2, 2017 1:59 PM by Greg Gomez

    Auto-Trace Crashes

    Greg Gomez Level 1

      I'm currently running After Effects CC 2017 on my Macbook Pro; specs are below.


      Macbook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)

      OS: 10.10.5

      Processor: 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7

      Memory: 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR2


      I've updated After Effects CC 2017 and I also emptied out my Media and Disc Cache.


      Whenever I try to auto-trace a text layer AE immediately freezes up and crashes before I cannot even click on the Auto-Trace dialogue box before the crash. I attempted this within my project which has gotten fairly big and in a brand new AE project with just a single text layer. I haven't received any error codes just the dialogue box that says that the program quit unexpectedly.

        • 1. Re: Auto-Trace Crashes
          Dave LaRonde Level 6

          While it very well may be the new bug fix's fault, it could also be the footage you're using.


          Try this -- Transcode your clip to a Quicktime in JPEG 2000, Photo JPEG, PNG, Animation or ProRes 422 (if you have it).

          Try the auto trace again & see what happens.

          • 2. Re: Auto-Trace Crashes
            Szalam Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            Why are you trying to auto-trace a text layer?

            The crash is likely due to the font that you're using, but you shouldn't need to auto-trace it. You can convert a text layer to Bezier paths very easily...

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            • 3. Re: Auto-Trace Crashes
              Greg Gomez Level 1

              The reason I'm trying to auto-trace the text layer is to create a mask to use with Video Copilot's Saber plugin. By cycling the animation of the plugin and overlaying it over the original text it makes it gives it this cool glowing outline look.


              I had no idea there was already a way to convert text to paths built into after effects. I've outlined the steps below for any interested or experiencing the same problems.


              The Fix: Select the text layer in the timeline that you would like to convert to paths (or shapes). With the layer selected switch to the pen tool. In the Composition window right click on the text layer and a sub-menu will popup. Choose "Create Paths from Text".


              This method is quicker than my method before and best part of all is no crashes!

              • 4. Re: Auto-Trace Crashes
                Greg Gomez Level 1

                Thanks for the response Dave! I did end up finding the solution with a different method but either way hopefully Adobe addresses the crashing issue.