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Sounds like you are a newbie. Here are things to look for. First of all, only the Active Camera will render. Any view will ram preview. Secondly, check your layer in and out points. Make sure that they are included in the work area or make sure that your output module is set to render the entire comp length.
A screen shot of your project would help us a lot. So would one of the Flow Chart.
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Also make sure you've downloaded the latest updates for CS5. That should be AE version 10.0.2, I believe.
Thanks for the advice. Also thanks to Szalam who suggested I install the
10.0.02 update. I did that and rendering speed went up a bit, but the
problem with motion path layers persists. I'm sending you several screen
captures. I hope they are what you had in mind. As far as rendering the
whole Composition vs. just the Work Area with its potential Layer In and Out
Point issues goes, that fact is that all of the rendering has been with the
Entire Composition. Further, the Active Camera is selected as is "1 View."
Here's what I did and observed after installing the update. I opened AE and
my project. I immediately rendered the Entire Composition without making
any changes in the project. A QuickTime movie (~6 min. long) resulted that
contained everything (all Effects, Polystar, Lens Flares, etc.) except that
not a single Object from any of the Motion Path layers was visible. There
are almost 20 of them. I then tried one more thing, and one thing only. I
went into the Timeline and *set the Work Area to begin a little before the
start of the first Motion Path layer and to end a little after the end of
the last Motion Path layer in the Timeline, and ran a RAM Preview.* I
immediately rendered again using the same settings. This time EVERYTHING
was there. All Motion Path Objects were in motion in the movie.
OK, that's all I have on this. I seem to have a fix of sorts, but still
don't know the cause. I hope I've given you enough so that you can see the
true error of my ways. Thanks again to you and Szalam.
Didn't see the screenshots.
Strange. The zip is in my sent files folder and I could open it and see
I've attached the zip again to this reply. Let me know if it works this
It looks like the icon for the zip folder is all the way down below the
"disclaimer", so take a scroll down there if you don't see it right away.
You can't attach things to an e-mail reply to the forum and have them show up. You have to go to the Forum it's self and attach images using the interface or you have to put the files on your server and create a link.
OK, just in case you are still not receiving the zip file, I've imbedded the
the screen captures one at a time here.
You will note in the flowchart images that I have not precomped the motion
path layers, so there's not much hierarchy to the flowchart. Also, I have
some solids layers that may or may not be "doing anything," and which I
haven't culled out because I'm a little worried that I might cause another
problem at this stage. I do, however, plan to copy the project and play
with precomping and solids file cleanup.
Rick, Here are the screen captures for the Project, including render and output Settings. The camera setting was always Active Camera / 1 View, and the Time Span was Length of Comp.
I'm sending the Flow Chart images in a separate reply.
Full (too small to read) view showing everything (see other images for close up).
Timeline Panel: All motion path layers with transforms for one twirled open
Timeline Panel: Other Layers
Project Panel: Top Half
Project Panel: Bottom Half -- Just noticed the way too big size of these Object files I brought in from Illustrator. These are the Objects that are on the Motion Paths. This may be the result of my using an Import method suggested by Eran Stern in a video where the Illustrator File had the Artboard containing the Object(s) on a second much larger Artboard. Could this be the problem?
Render Setting: Length of Comp
Output Module Settings: Format is QuickTime Animation
Here are the screenshots for the Flowchart. I have not placed the Motion Path Layers in any precomps, so the flowchart is very flat, hence the several screenshots. There are also a few solids Layers in the project that may be "doing nothing useful."
Thanks for your patience.
Flowchart: Text Layer and Motions Paths
Flowchart: More Motion Path Layers
Flowchart: Still More Motion Path Layers
Flowchart: The rest of the Motion Path Layers
Flowchart: Solids Layers
Flowchart: Solids Layers & Sound Layer - Image not shown here (may have reached some sort of image limit), but it looks like the image above.
I looked at your screenshots. I can't see any reason that the project would not render correctly. From what you said you did finally get a render to work. I think that you must have thrown a switch somewhere or picked a different view, or not rendered the entire timeline.
The only thing I did that changed things was that I set the Work Area to
completely encompass all of the Motion Path Layers, ran a RAM preview, and
rendered again. I changed nothing else, yet that made all of the Objects
appear where none had appeared on the previous render. Strange!
Thanks much for your help, Rick!