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    Thank you OussK, that worked.

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    Hi skipper_ri,


    Sorry for the trouble. Have you updated the OS or any other related program/third party plugins?

    Try fixing the permissions & clear the old media cache and check if it fixes the issue.

    Here are the steps: fixing permissions problem that impedes start of Adobe applications | Creative Cloud blog by Adobe

    FAQ: How to clean (delete or trash) media cache files?


    Let us know the status.




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    Create a circle shape layer, then duplicate it.

    Keyframe-animate the scale and opacity values (you probably want to use the ease-in keyframe type)

    Duplicate the animated layer, and offset the timing of the keyframes.


    Then you can pre-compose and loop the animation as required.

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    If you use After Effects CC 2019 winter dot release 16.0.1 you should get the same functionality for South-Asian languages as Photoshop as Ae team has been actively working on this. You would find this support even in CC 2018.

    You need to select South-Asian in preferences before you create the text layer.

    In Ae, unlike Ps, the prefs apply only to text layers created after setting the preferences.

    Though We claims only to support Arabic and Hebrew among the LTR languages, you may find some issues which we would encourage you to report.

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    Hey guys,


    I set up a custom effect with Pseudo Effects Maker, that includes a few invisible properties that I'd like to store information in.


    var Comp = app.project.activeItem;

    var currentLayer = Comp.selectedLayers[0];



    Attempting to edit a hidden effect's value gives this error:


    Unable to execute script at line 3. After Effects error: Can not "set value at time" with this property, because the property or a parent property is hidden.


    Does anyone know any workaround to solve this problem?

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    Thanks, I figured it'd be something like that.


    I'm extruding the shapes to animate with the ray-traced option, so need them as shapes. Unfortunately there's quite a lot, hence wanting to group them into sub-layers.


    Oh well - looks like I'm going to have lots of layers...

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    You can enable South Asian and Middle Eastern Languages from Preference->Type. Attaching the After Effects preferences screenshot.



    Please try after enabling support from Preferences. We though support MENA and Arabic, but you might get some support for Urdu similar to other products like Photoshop. If you see some issues, Please do report to us.

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    I'm fairly new to AE and mocha and hit a speed bump.


    I've created/tracked a plane in mocha AE and I'm trying to apply a shape layer to move just like the plane, see gif:



    I made a shape layer right over my hand, but when I apply the tracking data it gets offset (and the height scales strangely).

    When I try to move it to be over the hand it gets clipped, see images:


    Image 1: shape layer is offset:

    1 move.png

    Image 2: layer gets clipped:

    2 clipped.png


    The tracked plane and shape layer are acting the way I want them to, just not in the right place. I've tried moving the entire shape layer as well as editing the point of origin but to no avail. Any ideas on what I'm doing wrong?




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    tonelelone  wrote

    the timeline isn't showing any seconds or frames.

    I'm moving the cursor one frame, but that frame is taking the entirety of the visible timeline.

    Sounds like you've created a composition that's one frame long.

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    Hi, I want to animate a series of 3D blocks falling into place, representing spaces in a building. My base is an Illustrator file which gives me my room sizes. I've then converted these to shape layers and extruded them in AE.


    The only problem is there are around 300 blocks, so animating each will take a while, and the layer list will be huge.


    Is there a more efficient way of doing this? I've experimented with the Repeater, but it doesn't allow me to offset the timing of the animation. At the very least, is there a way of grouping layers in folders to make it more manageable?


    Any advice welcome!

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    Ray-traced 3D?  That's "depreciated" - ie: end of life, and has been for quite a few years. That plus lot's of layers doesn't sound a good option to me. It will be as slow as treacle in December.


    I'd seriously consider looking at other options as well. Would the Cinema 4D rendering engine in AE meet your needs? That would be much faster. Alternatively you could use the inbuilt C4D Lite +Cineware plugin - or go to a full 3D program like Blender ( - which is open source and free.


    I just don't want you to get stuck down a very deep hole here...


    Hope this helps.

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    Yep, it's certainly slow!


    We're an architecture firm, so used to working in 3D packages, but starting to get into animation. I'm just getting started in AE, to see what it can do for us, so this is all really useful info.


    How do I access the Cinema4D engine? The tutorials I've watched so far suggest I needed to use ray-traced due to the extruded shapes (imported from the original CAD drawing via Illustrator). I can only see Ray-trace or Standard in the comp rendering options...

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    What version of After Effects are you on?

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    I suppose that you could precomp some of the layers, so you have 30 groups of 10.


    Have you looked into changing the offset of the timing using a variable based on a numerical value that is unique to each layer? An expression that is already applied to the layer that adds x percent to another variable to make that time unique?

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    We have a CC subscription so I assume I could upgrade to the latest.

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    I hadn't - I'm pretty new to AE, so just getting my head round what it can do.


    Precomping could help, as long as there's then a way of placing them accurately together in the combined comp. Haven't yet discovered a way to import relative position of things - most stuff just seems to be placed by eye


    And I haven't even begun with expressions yet, so that sounds pretty good too.



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  • 01/02/19--03:33: Most efficient way
  • I have 10 huge layers that I'm animating.


    The .psd file is 16000 x 6000 pixels (the size of the largest layer). The smallest layer is 15900 pixels by 5990 pixels.


    Is it more memory efficient to convert that .psd file into 10 separate png files instead?

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    Updating now - thanks!

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  • 01/02/19--03:36: Re: Most efficient way
  • Important thing is to ask yourselve - do I need so large PSD files? What is your final composition/video resoultion? And do you do any extreme scalling up those layers from PS? If not - it would be better to save your PS files with smaller resolution.

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