Opening an After Effects template only to find error messages popping up can be quite an irritating situation to be in. Looking for solutions to resolve the errors is time-consuming, and it also tests your patience!
Don’t worry, it’s not like the end of the world. Error messages can be dealt with and can be fixed. So here we tell you 3 of the common After Effects errors, and how they can be fixed.
- Missing Files
Message: After Effects warning: 5 files missing since you last saved this project.
Creating a project in After Effects, and then opening it one day to see this error message is baffling. You get Missing file error message when After Effects template/project has footage, images, music, and so on (assets) which cannot be located by After Effects. It can also happen when asset’s file path is broken.
Fix: You need to show the assets their path. In Project panel, search for missing. Any missing files in the project will be brought up. Right click on one, then highlight Replace Footage and click File. Now search for the missing file on your computer. When you find it, highlight and click on Open. This method will relink missing files. Also, if there are any missing files, then it will relink all of them.
- Missing Effects
Message: This project contains 20 references to missing effects. Please install the following effects to restore these references………
This error is not something you might want to encounter, as you would have to spend some money for new After Effects plug-in you wouldn’t have thought you required. This error usually pops up when After Effects project or template is created using third-party plug-ins which are not installed on your system.
Fix: If you get the Missing Effects error, note down the names of all the effects. You can then search in Google for the plugins to know where they can be bought from. Once you buy the plugins, close After Effects, and install the plugin. Next, restart After Effects and open the template to carry on with your work.
- Project Must Be Converted
Message: This project must be converted from version (version….). The original file will be unchanged.
You don’t have to worry much about this error. This error tells that the template or project you are opening is created in an older version of After Effects. It will convert it to the respective version of After Effects you currently use.
Fix: Click OK. And you are done!
So we saw 3 common errors in After Effects, and how to fix them. Hope it helps.
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