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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    1. Israel D Long
      Israel D Long12-18-2016

      Awesome tip as usual Joren!

      • Joren

        Thanks bud! Hope everything is well with you!

    2. Murilo Lopes
      Murilo Lopes12-19-2016

      Thank you!!!

    3. dunbox

      Wow, I’ve used AE for over 10 years and never knew this. Thanks!

    4. Joe BIRD
      Joe BIRD12-20-2016

      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.
      Merry christmas,

    5. Tristan Summers
      Tristan Summers12-20-2016

      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.

    6. David MArtin
      David MArtin12-22-2016

      Another gem! Much appreciated.

    7. kana

      Generaly it’s happening when you’ve got bitmap in your vector file.

    8. Bryan Shore
      Bryan Shore05-22-2017

      Awesome! I usually do everything with eps files like this: but now I learned something else useful! Thanks for the tip!

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