The best option is to restore the original name for the file. If you're using versions then add the version number to the original file and keep the same file name for production.
Just double-click the missing file in the Project panel, and AE will
ask you to locate the missing file. All layers should reconnect
automatically. New PSD layers that weren't imported originally will
not be imported, though, you'll need to to that manually.
Have you ever solved this issue?
It's driving me nuts to have to reconnect my 201 layers by hand...
There must be a way. Yes My PSD file was renamed and also changed locations...
Thanks in advance
like Rick suggested, if you rename your psd file to the original name, all your layers will be re-linked as soon as you click on one missing layer twice in the project panel and find the missing file. you can see what the file was called in the missing footage name.
if you renamed your source layer you can find it under path:
now remember never to rename your multilayered files after your imported them.
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Thanks for your reply.
I'll keep that in mind.
But this time it had to be renamed as for some reason the file didn't have an extension (it was a psd) - which was causing problems to reopen it in some of the computers (the project is being shared on dropbox).
I just found a solution while searching on the web - using this script from Lloyd Alvarez - which is quite handy. It worked as a charm.
thanks for sharing what worked for you.
for some reason the file didn't have an extension (it was a psd)
if you don't see an extension this is probably because on windows system the default is to hide it. on Mac systems there's probably a similar thing.
from looking and examining batch search n replace script it looks to me that it's a way to change file paths for a project so it will only solve the path's location but not the file renaming. but I found a thread that suggests it can so I am confused. also found this in the comments
if you have managed to direct Ae to a new renamed multi-layered file after it has gone missing please specify the steps with taken with this script.
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In my example the original file that was missing (because it changed location and file name) had the example path:
But after fixing the extension file not being written and using the file via dropbox we had the file path:
The photoshop file was still the same - same number of layers with the same name, but it contained 200 of them.
So instead of relinking each individual layer I've used the Batch Search n'replace script to change the photoshop file path.
First looking for the word Computer01 and swapping it for the Computer02 -
Second looking for the word LocalDisk and changing it to Dropbox and at last
looking for the file original file name, OfficeScene-V02 and changing it for OfficeScene-V02.psd
In the end it change the file path of the psd file that after effects was looking for to the one I wanted after effects to look for which fixed the missing links of 200 layers in one go!
Hope this helps.
Got it. it worked. thanks for sharing