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Relinking missing footage

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Video: Relinking missing footage

Now I know this composition looks perfectly fine right now and that's just because the After Effects project can actually find all the external files that are linked to it. But on occasion, you'll open up a project and not be able to see any of the files or some of the files will be missing. And it'll be kind of terrifying because they'll look like color bars. And the first time I ever saw that, I panicked. I don't want you to panic, so just kind of follow with me as I mess this up and then show you how to fix it.

Relinking missing footage

Now I know this composition looks perfectly fine right now and that's just because the After Effects project can actually find all the external files that are linked to it. But on occasion, you'll open up a project and not be able to see any of the files or some of the files will be missing. And it'll be kind of terrifying because they'll look like color bars. And the first time I ever saw that, I panicked. I don't want you to panic, so just kind of follow with me as I mess this up and then show you how to fix it.

So first thing, with my External_ Files here, I'm just going to open up my Photoshop document and if you right- click on any file, you can always say Reveal in Finder or in Windows Explorer. So when I reveal that, here's my Photoshop document, I'm just going to do something kind of scary, and drag this to the Trash. Do not do this on your system. But when you do that, I can come back in here and then right-click on here and say Reload Footage.

And it's saying it can't be found. And then, these are the color bars that you will see. You can make footage offline, like if this is something you're trying to do, you can right-click on a piece of footage and then say Replace Footage with a Placeholder, and if we just click OK, it'll do kind of the same thing. But basically, any time you run into this problem, you can always re-link the footage. Since I didn't actually move the Illustrator file at all, I should be able to right-click on it and just say Reload Footage and it goes back into the Finder and finds it, but sometimes that doesn't happen.

So if you right-click on it and go to Replace Footage, I can go to File and then navigate to my Footage folder in my exercise files, and under Illustrator here at the top, just to remind myself what it is, it's saying it's the Blades layer of kineteco_02. So let's select kineteco_02 and choose Open, and then it's going to say, okay, is this all layers or can I choose a layer? So select Choose Layer and click and choose Blades.

Now the only other thing you want to look at, is the actual dimensions of the file that you're reconnecting. Now as I look up here in the left side of my Project panel, I can see it's only 281x242 pixels, and I know that I would never create a composition that small, so I'm going to choose Layer Size for my footage dimensions. Now when I click OK, that will be re- linked and it populates just perfectly well. We can do the same exact thing for this Photoshop document, but if I click here and say Replace Footage and go to File, I would obviously need to move that back into my Photoshop folder.

So let me cancel this really quick, and in my Finder I'm going to pop open the Trash and drag my Eco_Shapes layers back up into the Photoshop folder. Now when we jump back into the Project panel, I can right-click and try Reload Footage and--nope, okay, I'm going to have to Replace Footage. I can go to my File Options here and navigate in my Footage folder to the Photoshop folder, choose Eco_Shapes. And unlike the last time when I re- linked, After Effects did find the other missing item.

A lot of times if you have multiple items within one folder that are missing, you can re-link and it will find all of the subsequent files, so you don't necessarily always have to right-click and find those files. Now one last thing, on occasion, when you open After Effects projects, you'll get an error message saying that it can't find certain items. If there are a lot of those items and you have a lot of folder structure in your Project panel, if you click up here and start typing the word missing, any file that's missing will actually popup here in your Project panel.

And you can right-click on those and go through the same process that we just went through when it comes to re-linking footage.

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After Effects CS6 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 8s
    1. What is After Effects?
      1m 8s
  2. 2m 53s
    1. Welcome
      1m 40s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 13s
  3. 1h 8m
    1. The six foundations of AE
      5m 3s
    2. Introducing the interface and the workspace
      7m 51s
    3. Understanding compositions
      8m 48s
    4. Getting comfortable with layers
      7m 33s
    5. Getting started with animation and keyframes
      8m 30s
    6. Understanding effects
      3m 26s
    7. Moving in 3D space
      7m 41s
    8. Rendering your first animation
      8m 20s
    9. Specifying preferences and cache settings
      5m 44s
    10. Staying organized
      5m 15s
  4. 38m 6s
    1. Creating compositions
      7m 19s
    2. Importing footage and compositions
      7m 54s
    3. Preparing compositions for animation
      8m 7s
    4. Introducing renderers
      3m 15s
    5. Understanding precomposing
      7m 16s
    6. Relinking missing footage
      4m 15s
  5. 59m 58s
    1. Defining layers
      6m 23s
    2. Creating type
      5m 58s
    3. Creating layer solids and shapes with masks
      7m 55s
    4. Building shape layers
      6m 17s
    5. Understanding switches and blend modes
      8m 26s
    6. Crafting custom shapes and masks
      6m 18s
    7. Creating variable-width feathered masks
      5m 1s
    8. Rotoscoping with the Roto Brush
      8m 20s
    9. Refining with the Roto Brush
      5m 20s
  6. 1h 8m
    1. Understanding keyframes
      6m 1s
    2. Adding and adjusting keyframes
      9m 54s
    3. Interpolating keyframes
      8m 5s
    4. Adjusting keyframes in the Graph Editor
      7m 17s
    5. Understanding positional keyframes
      7m 0s
    6. Controlling animation with parenting and the pick whip
      9m 57s
    7. Understanding animation paths
      6m 27s
    8. Timing to audio
      4m 41s
    9. Trimming and sliding edits
      5m 31s
    10. Swapping images
      4m 1s
  7. 29m 7s
    1. Layering multiple effects
      9m 13s
    2. Generating graphic effects with adjustment layers
      7m 28s
    3. Building backgrounds with effects
      6m 50s
    4. Creating animated strokes
      5m 36s
  8. 40m 15s
    1. Introducing cameras
      10m 3s
    2. Working with 3D layers
      6m 37s
    3. Positioning layers
      6m 13s
    4. Adding lights and working with Material Options
      9m 21s
    5. Using 3D precompositions
      2m 5s
    6. Adjusting depth of field
      5m 56s
  9. 28m 31s
    1. Caching and prerendering
      6m 33s
    2. Understanding the alpha channels
      5m 18s
    3. Using the Render Queue
      4m 34s
    4. Rendering with Adobe Media Encoder
      7m 15s
    5. Archiving finished projects
      4m 51s
  10. 44m 27s
    1. Creating type animators
      12m 16s
    2. Animating type in 3D space
      6m 35s
    3. Adding and animating type on a path
      8m 45s
    4. Composing 3D type
      8m 41s
    5. Animating shape layers
      8m 10s
  11. 32m 45s
    1. Creating stylized video
      6m 47s
    2. Retiming video footage
      9m 31s
    3. Retouching with the Rubber Stamp tool
      10m 19s
    4. Smoothing shaky camera footage
      6m 8s
  12. 14m 19s
    1. Understanding keying
      3m 19s
    2. Creating a garbage mask
      4m 27s
    3. Getting started with Keylight
      6m 33s
  13. 15m 56s
    1. Importing Photoshop documents
      6m 11s
    2. Importing Illustrator files
      4m 24s
    3. Working With Premiere Pro projects
      5m 21s
  14. 1h 15m
    1. Adjusting ray-tracing quality
      8m 19s
    2. Tracking footage
      8m 15s
    3. Extruding shapes
      8m 39s
    4. Bending layers
      8m 38s
    5. Adjusting ray-traced lighting and materials
      9m 22s
    6. Adding environment maps
      4m 58s
    7. Beginning compositing
      8m 52s
    8. Creating render passes
      10m 17s
    9. Building a final composite
      8m 14s
  15. 1m 8s
    1. What's next
      1m 8s

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