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3D layers work fine but when I cast shadows from 3D layers after effects quickly crashes with an error ... After Effects Error:bad tracked memory ID (23:35).
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I have tried lowering the advanced composition settings for the shadow mapping down to their lowest settings as well to see if that is a solution but even at 250 the project will still crash. I've also tried ENABLING openGL just to see if my video card played nicer in openGL than not...again crash.
Basics of my system are

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16 gig Gskill ram
NvidiaGTX285 video card
700watt power supply
gigabyte motherboard...if necessary I can give model number but it escapes me at the moment.
Vista Home Premium 64bit
I am going to check video card drivers next...but they have been recently updated.
I cannot say if this is a new development as for some time with CS5 I was not working with 3D layers but now on recent projects this is occuring. I am also going to try the same project recreated in CS4 and see what happens.

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