After Effects Quick Tip: A Fix for Flickering .AI and .EPS Files


Have you ever had a .eps or Adobe Illustrator file flicker when you render it? It’s super annoying and frustrating! Thankfully there is a quick fix hidden deep in the After Effects menus (like all good fixes). I hope this helps save you some frustration at some point. Cheers!

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9 Responses
  1. Wow, thats a hidden jewel. My commercial production guys are going to love this one. No more clunky workarounds. Thanks so much, congrats on the baby, the best thing you’ll be blessed with in your life.
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  2. Tristan Summers

    If you do this you will PROBABLY have to shift select preferences to get secret preferences and empty layer cache every frame. This flickering is caused by rasterising big bitmaps that are scaled down in illustrator. It can be quicker to turn off the bitmap in the ai file and add it in Ae instead, as ae had difficulty with this setting.
    Also, if you change this on one file, you can alt command, or alt ctrl on a proper computer, copy and paste the interpretation onto all your vectors, which again in much easier when you keep all your vectors in one folder on your finder, or explorer on a real computer, and in your project.
    In short, this can fix the flicker, bit can also crash your render, so empty cache on every frame and render overnight. Or switch to nuke or fusion or anything with proper bicubic filtering.

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