Join Mark Christiansen for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files and relinking footage, part of After Effects CC 2018 Essential Training: The Basics.
- [Instructor] If you have access to the exercise file for this course, you can download it to your desktop as I've done here. So this course is divided up into two chapters, and the projects that correspond to the movies in those chapters are contained in each of these folders. Now in Chapter One, there's not always a project for each lesson. So when there is a corresponding project, I'll let you know. You can open it by just double-clicking on it here. That will open After Effects if it's not already open.
Now if when you open it things don't quite look right, and particularly if you see either an error message about missing files, or you notice color bars like you see here, that is a sign that you have missing files in this project. Here's what to do. In the Project panel, there's a search field. I will type in Missing and that shows me the missing files in this particular project. So I can select any one of them, right-click on it, go to Replace Footage, File, and select the file with that name contained in the Elements folder for that particular chapter.
After Effects automatically found the other adjacent files that were also in that folder. So if you keep things organized the way you downloaded them, that should be the extent of relinking you need to do. If you don't have access to the exercise files, that's okay. I encourage you to still follow along as we go through the course, so now it's time to get started.
- Six foundations of After Effects
- Setting up a composition
- Working with layers
- Animating compositions
- Applying effects, including lights
- Working in 3D
- Rendering projects