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Okay, on occasion, sometimes when you open a project, you'll see something that looks like this. You will get this red-and-white checkerboard. And basically, Motion has lost its connection to a media file that the project is referencing. Now if you open your Layers panel, look for any layer that has the question mark. Now if you just Control+Click or right-click on the question mark, you can go to Reveal Source Media to automatically load up that clip in the Media panel as well as in the Inspector.
Now in the Inspector, scroll down to where it says Linked Objects, and you see it will list exactly everywhere where that piece of media is used. And underneath, there is a button to reconnect the media file. So click Reconnect Media File, and in your browser, navigate to where you think the file is. I just happen to know that I had saved it to my desktop, so once you find the file, as always, Show Matching Name Only is selected. That'll be the only file that you should be able to click on to relink.
So to relink, you want to click the Open button in the lower-right corner, and now it's relinked, and everything is good to go. Now, there is one other time where sometimes something acts a little funny and things aren't quite relinked. In the Finder, if you scroll down to where the Motion is, notice the size of the application is 2 gigs. And if you actually right-click directly on the application icon, you can Show Package Contents.
See, in here, this is where Apple has moved all of the library content that you'll be referencing throughout the course. And on occasion, I've noticed that sometimes Motion loses its link to some of these content pieces. So to show you what I'm talking about, I am going to go to my Exercise Files folder and in Chapter 10, I have a file called Particle_Behaviors. When I open that, notice it's missing the spark. Now I can click Reconnect and it's automatically going to open up this window, but if I go to Applications and navigate down to Motion, notice it appears as though I can't find anything.
Well, there is a way around this. If you open a Finder window and navigate to your Applications folder again, right-click on Motion, and say Show Package Contents, in here we can navigate in the Contents folder and navigate to our LibraryContent and then navigate to the Content folder and in here you we will see Particle Images. Now the one that's missing is Spark 11. So I am going to scroll down until I find Spark 11. Okay, there it is. And now if you drag it and drop it up into the search window up here, notice now it will link to that file.
It's just because the Content folder is zipped underneath the application that you can't navigate to it natively this way. But now that we've dragged and dropped it, we can click Open, and voila! Our particles are relinked. Now, if I save this project, this link will forever be set up on my system.
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