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Universe Showing a Black Screen in After Effects? Here’s a Fix.

Universe Showing a Black Screen in After Effects? Here's a Fix.

Have issues with Red Giant Universe showing a black screen? Or perhaps, when you apply a filter it looks like some strange noise that came from another part of the universe? I had this issue, and uninstalling and reinstalling didn’t fix it. Even the Red Giant Level 1 Clean didn’t help. But, I did find a fix, and it’s simple, however, it’s not obvious. If you’re running into this issue, it’s worth a try!

  1. At the bottom your Project Panel, click the Project Settings button. This is where you can choose from 8 bpc, 16 bpc, or 32 bpc (float).
  1. This opens the Project Settings Panel. On the Video and Rendering Effects tab, deselect Mercury GPU Acceleration (Metal) and choose another option. I only have one other option so I chose Mercury Software only. You may have other options like CUDA.

    Note: I’m running After Effects 2021 in these screen shots. This panel will look different in different versions of After Effects.
  1. Click OK.
  2. Apply Universe effects to your footage. It should be working for you now.



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