How, exactly, are you playing the file in After Effects?
What do you mean by "jerky"?
> have tried exporting it both rendered and unrendered
I have no idea what this means. Please tell us exactly what you're doing, including which commands you're clicking and in which sequence.
Yupp, what the man said. and I hope you keep in mind that AE by no means is a realtime application and requires to generate RAM previews for smooth playback. If you are already doing that and those jerk, well, then indeed we would need a lot more information, as this often indicates a systemic problem outside of AE...
yes, i understand that AE does not play things back in real time. but i'm talking the file is bouncing across the screen and staggering more so than a simple preview would call for. i found a way around it though.