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After Effects Text Layer Not Showing Up in Composition - Please Help

Community Beginner ,
Mar 23, 2020

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Hi everyone,

 

All of a sudden my text / layers are not previewing / showing up in the Composition / Preview Playback screen. These layers all worked and showed up fine in a previosuly saved version of the same project. Other layers in this project are still showing up fine. Music is fine.... it is simply all the text layers are now not showing up. 

 

I have attached a screen capture showing the previous version in which the text sowed up and the newer file where the text is not showing up.

 

I'm on a new Macbook Pro 16, running 10.15.3

After Effetcs 2020

 

Thanks so much. Very much approeciate any feedback. I am new to AE, searched and searched but coiuld not find anything on this.

 

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After Effects Text Layer Not Showing Up in Composition - Please Help

Community Beginner ,
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Hi everyone,

 

All of a sudden my text / layers are not previewing / showing up in the Composition / Preview Playback screen. These layers all worked and showed up fine in a previosuly saved version of the same project. Other layers in this project are still showing up fine. Music is fine.... it is simply all the text layers are now not showing up. 

 

I have attached a screen capture showing the previous version in which the text sowed up and the newer file where the text is not showing up.

 

I'm on a new Macbook Pro 16, running 10.15.3

After Effetcs 2020

 

Thanks so much. Very much approeciate any feedback. I am new to AE, searched and searched but coiuld not find anything on this.

 

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Hi
Since your question is about After Effects, I have moved this from the "Get Started" forum for you.
~ Jane

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Thanks Jane. Very much appreictaed. I did not see that option for posting.

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I would try:
1. Clearing the image cache: Menu: Edit > Purge...

2. Double click on that layer: does the text highlight in the composition window? Type a new word. What happens?

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Mike, thank you for the suggestions.

1. "Purged" is greyed out for me. 

2. I was able to add a "new layer" typed a word and it shows up just fine.

There is something I have doen to make all the other "text" layers NOT show up. If it helps, the text layers were a fairly complex assortment of actions/ all from a template I purchased. Fast moving type.... It all worked for me. Over a week I worked on this making edits, adding to the tmeplate.... changes the text words, added images... then it stopped working. Perhaps I have clicked, dissabled or unlinked something? I am new to AE. Love the application and hope to get better at it. Thanks again for any suggestions.

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OK. Select that text layer that is not showing up. Hit the U key twice in quick succession - ie "UU". This will reveal all keyframed and non-default properties. Take a screenshot that shows all the opened properties of that layer - and includes any keyframes in the main part of the timeline. Upload that at full screenshot size so we can examine it.

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UU all openUU all openU onlyU only

 

Hi Mike, attached are 2 images showing the drop downs open expanded. UU and also just U.... Thank you. Sean

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Also. Unless I inadvertanly did a GLOBAL change by accident, I did NOT go into these sub sets and make changes. I think it is something larger going on... 

 

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Yes - I understand that. I can see a lot of these expressions are driven by sliders whch you'll see in the effects control panel. Just check you've not switched off or deleted or changed somrthing there.

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Hi Sean,
Having seen those screenshots, I'm sorry to say I think you'll have to got back to the template author on this, or revert back to your previously saved version. A template like this has got a mass of code (Ae expressions) and other complexities that make it virtually impossible to reverse engineer remotely. Sorry I can't offer anything better.

 

Unless any other member can see anything obvious that I've missed?

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Mike,

Fortunately I had saved versions as I went along (in case I made a fatal error...) so I am able to salvage some of the work. One last thing if you have time. I have one (older) saved version of this project where the text layers are fine and working. I also have the newest version that the non-text / other layers are working. My thought would be to combine the two. Using the non-text layers from the ewtest video and placing them into the older version of the vide that the text still fintions. I am having a heck of a time trying to do this. I've looked at at least three or four YouTube videos and for some reason can't execute the File, Dependecies, Collect Files out.... then the Import Files. It's just a hodge podge of a mess. Errors saying 8 files may be missing. Nothing works. It's a mess. If you have or know of the best tutorial for "combining layers" from two different Compositions it would be helpful. Again thansk so much for your time and effort.

Sean

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I don't think you've got a hope of combining the two like that. It would be extremely difficult even for an experienced Ae Pro. It's very likely that a lot of those expressions will refer to other layers and other elements within the code, so as soon as you start cutting out layers to replace them with others the code will break.

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Mike,

 

Really? So combining layers in AE is not the same as say a graphics program like Illustrator. If it is unlikely it will work then I will just go to my last saved version and start over. Thanks again for your time. Although not able to fix the root issue you have still educated me and saved me from wasting toime trying figure out a work around that is unlikely to work. Cheers much appreiated.


Sean

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Final thought:

1. Make sure you duplicate your working project and protect it - so that you have an original fall back.

2. Save incrementally - and often: version_01, version_02, version_03 etc.

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