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AE Crash invoking Curves

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In seemingly random comps AE will crash and sometimes it'll give me the error telling me it crashed invoking the curves plugin.  I'm usually applying multiple adjustment layers with different effects like Finesse, Curves, Unsharp Mask, etc. when this happens.  Sometimes I can bypass this by rendering out the footage with only one of the adjustment layers turned on then re-importing that.  Then turning on another adjustment layer, rendering out, re-importing, etc. until I have all of my adjustment layers active.  The footage is AVCHD, but it also crashes with ProRes footage.
I'm on CS6 (fully updated) on a MacBook Pro: i7 2.7GHz, 16GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce GT 650m, SSD.
Thoughts?

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You do realize that Color finesse in and of it's self contains levels, curves, hue, saturation and more in one interface, it just uses a different set of controls to adjust about everything in your image except sharpness.
That said, I understand the thought process of trying to emulate nodes using the opacity of an adjustment layer. I use masks, track mattes, and opacity on adjustment layers all the time to control effects and that's a good and normal workflow. My suggestion would be to put Color Finesse or Colorista or Magic Bullet or whatever you choose to use as a color grading tool on the first adjustment layer in your comp, do  90% or more of your work there, and then use an adjustment layer with masks and opacity to fix any other problem areas. I've never seen a project that needed more than one or two additional adjustment layers to fix problems that could not be corrected with a single layer.
You'll find the workflow is faster and you'll get more done and make changes quicker. Great Colorists simply the process as much as they can so they can get work done, get paid, and get another client. Think about it...
As for Curves crashing I think you're just running out of system resources. The calculations required to blend all of the pixel adjustments under an adjustment layer are cumulative. 
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