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Can't See Motion Paths??

Community Beginner ,
May 21, 2011

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Motion Paths won't display. I'm using the latest updates for AE CS5 and nVidia. Motion Paths have never been visible in AE CS5 all the way back to nVidia driver version 178.x, in fact. What to do?

For seeing a motion path of a point effect, double clic on the layer to open the layer window. This kind of  motion path does not appear in the composition window.

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Can't See Motion Paths??

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Motion Paths won't display. I'm using the latest updates for AE CS5 and nVidia. Motion Paths have never been visible in AE CS5 all the way back to nVidia driver version 178.x, in fact. What to do?

For seeing a motion path of a point effect, double clic on the layer to open the layer window. This kind of  motion path does not appear in the composition window.

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May 21, 2011

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Beware, If a layer have a negative Stretch, the motion path is not display.

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May 21, 2011

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Are you sure that you're enabling the display of motion paths in the preferences?

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Community Beginner ,
May 21, 2011

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Thanks. Yes Motion Paths is enabled, although the default seems to be the "No More Than [____]" option. As well, it's enabled under View->View options... (accessible while comp window is active).

The default upon a new installation of AE is that Motion Paths are visible, I thought. But I've never turned them off, yet I've never been able to see them no matter what. I'm only posting now because I've realized I need them and it appears it's not just that they were turned off.

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Have you checked to make sure that you have Show Layer Controls turned on?

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May 21, 2011

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Thanks, yes Show Layer Controls has a checkmark next to it on the View menu. (Turning it off while the animated property is selected (PositionXY) turns the layer's handles and the position marker (an X in a circle) off.)

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Community Beginner ,
May 23, 2011

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I tested again and the Motion Path is visible on an animated object, such as a solid.

Still NOT visible on the Position XY property of the effect I am using (Optical Flares).

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Explorer ,
May 23, 2011

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For seeing a motion path of a point effect, double clic on the layer to open the layer window. This kind of  motion path does not appear in the composition window.

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Community Beginner ,
May 23, 2011

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Thanks, that resolves this riddle!

So now I'm curious what is the reason it is not visible in the Comp window?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 23, 2011

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The first thing I would do is click the icon in the upper right hand corner of the composition window and select view options. You should find the check box for motion paths. If doesn't fix it, try deleting your preferences file. You may have also hit the shortcut key by accident to hide all of these little helpful options.

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Explorer ,
May 24, 2011

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Point effect is relative to the layer.

x and y is about the upper left corner of the layer not of the composition.

The puppet tool is the only effect who display the motion path in the composition window.

And unfortunately the motion path inner text layer, shape layer or brush tool is never diplay.

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Jan 14, 2014

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As for me, I was not seeing my motion path when using "Shapes".

If the Position property is changed under the main "Transform" arrow, then the motion path will show. On the other hand if the Position property is changed under the "Contents" arrrow, the motion path will NOT show.

I hope this helps someone.


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Dec 05, 2019

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Yes, it helped! 

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New Here ,
Jul 20, 2020

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Cara, vc me salvou de duas horas de problema. Muito obrigado!!

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Jan 26, 2017

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You must click on an icon that looks like a chopped, dotted rectangle underneath the composition screen. Hovering the cursor over it will read  "Toggle Mask and Shape Path Visibility"

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New Here ,
Dec 23, 2017

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Holy cow... this... this is it! This solved HOURS of troubleshooting. You are a genius! You win one pat on the back... but you'll have to administer that to yourself... obviously.

THANK YOU!

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Dec 14, 2018

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I am not able to view my motion path in AE CC 2018.  I am trying to add a motion path to a picture and have went through ALL of the options listed in the thread above.  Please help!

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May 23, 2019

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Same here!

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New Here ,
May 23, 2019

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Can't get what happen. Last week I was animating with the motion path. Now it's not there at all after tried all the options you said.

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