5 Replies Latest reply on Aug 1, 2017 1:59 PM by Kevin-Monahan

    Single-Frame Opacity Changes Don't Render

    rgames5 Level 1

      I have a comp with a layer that has opacity at 100% except for a few frames where it is set to 0%.  There are three keyframes for each dip to zero: 100% at the frame before, 0% at the frame and 100% at the frame after.  When I render within After Effects it works as expected: the layer drops out for the frames where the opacity is 0%.


      However, when I render the comp the output file shows that the layer opacity skips over the 0% keyframes, so it remains at 100% all the time.


      How do I fix this problem?





        • 1. Re: Single-Frame Opacity Changes Don't Render
          RobShultz Adobe Community Professional

          You might want to try converting the keyframes to Hold Keyframes (Highlight them/right click/Toggle Hold Keyframe.) Then see if this result is acceptable.

          • 2. Re: Single-Frame Opacity Changes Don't Render
            Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            Check your frame rates. Comp and render must match. Purge your cache and memory. Make sure your version of AE is  up to date. If that doesn't help we need screenshots of the entire app with the modified properties of the layers giving you problems revealed. Select the layers, press the U key twice and print screen and paste to the forum. If you are on a Mac Shift + Ctrl Cmnd + 3 and drag to the reply field on the forum, then show us the render settings.

            • 3. Re: Single-Frame Opacity Changes Don't Render
              Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

              Well, one-frame blips are going to be tricky on the eye. they could be perfectly there, just not show up due to screen refresh delays and other perceptional phenomena. I also agree with teh others - if you use normal linear keyframes, it could perfectly mean that both at the in- and outgoing slopes it actualyl never is 0% opacity due to the sampling or things like motionblur being calculated. At best it may look like a short flicker that gets darker. The same were to happen if you mix up framerates due to the discrete sampling steps not coinciding with teh keyframes then. You should also be wary what formats you use. It can well be that compressed formats like H.264 muddle up such stuff due to how there compression works. There's always the chance that compression artifacts from preceding frames make a mess.



              • 4. Re: Single-Frame Opacity Changes Don't Render
                rgames5 Level 1

                Thanks for the replies.


                The only way I could get it to work was to split the layer at each drop to 0%.  Then I omit the one frame on the newly split layer.  That renders correctly - the layer is hidden for the single frame.


                I still can't explain why the opacity change doesn't work - it should be exactly the same thing.  I also can't explain why the opacity change technique renders correctly in After Effects but not to a file.  It's not a codec/framerate problem because the split-layer technique works when rendered to a file, so the codec/framerate can capture the single-frame dropout.  Just not when you do it with opacity.



                • 5. Re: Single-Frame Opacity Changes Don't Render
                  Kevin-Monahan Adobe Employee

                  Hi Rgames,

                  Did you try Hold keyframes?