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Your jpeg file is probably cmyk encoded. You need to convert it to rgb in photoshop or some other image program before bringing in aefx...
> Your jpeg file is probably cmyk encoded. You need to
> convert it to rgb in photoshop or some other image program
> before bringing in aefx
That's not true for After Effects CS3. A little new feature in CS3 is that After Effects can convert CMYK to RGB upon import. Here's an excerpt from the "Preparing still-image files for importing" section of After Effects CS3 Help on the Web:
"After Effects works internally in an RGB color space, but it can import and convert CMYK images. However, when possible, you should work in an RGB color space in applications such as Illustrator and Photoshop when creating images for video, film, and other non-print media. Working in RGB provides a larger gamut and more accurately reflects your final output."
Well, could still be an unsupported variation. AE also does not particularly like some grayscale JPEGs and some "high fidelity" JPEG files spit out by digital cameras... Anyway, if you're experiencing issues and are reasonably certain the image is RGB and within the specs, then the problem usually boils down to some EXIF data lingering somewhere from the RAW processing app or the digital camera. In such cases simply strip the data entirely in Bridge before bringing your files into AE.