2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 13, 2015 1:21 PM by JWaguespack

    Pre-Compose Breaks Project

    JWaguespack Level 1

      Hello All,


      So I've been working on a large project in AE for quite some time now.  I had gotten to the point where I was ready to do some final touches and all hell broke loose.


      There were several section of the project that were too fast (ie - did not sit on an infographic long enough).  So I decided I would pre-compose the project and time map the sections I needed to be slower.  When I pre-composed it hung up for a minute and then started telling me (pop-up after pop-up) that layers were missing and layers were disabled ect ect.  This was bad news so I thought I would just hit undo (very hard to do between all the unending pop ups of missing or disabled layers).  The only way to undo was to hit Cntl+Z right after I hit "Ok" on a pop up box.  However the next ok box was just before an auto save.  I was still able to undo but this didnt undo the pre-compose. 


      Where I am at now:

      Nothing in the project is anywhere near what it was supposed to be.  All of my controller layers are missing or incorrect.  My adjustment layers are gone. The list goes on.


      What broke.. and how do I fix it?

        • 1. Re: Pre-Compose Breaks Project
          Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Expressions do not get updated if you pre-compose a layer that has an expression which references another layer.  First  I hope you saved your project before you made these big changes. I never ever work on a project that has more than one or two layers without increment and save turned on.  If you don't have a copy and can't get back by pressing undo then you will have to look at every layer that's broken and move the reference layers to the right  pre-comp. There is no way any of us can help you without a flowchart and specific error messages from each broken expression.

          • 2. Re: Pre-Compose Breaks Project
            JWaguespack Level 1

            The problem was that It saved right after the precomp was made on its own.  I've been going through it and looking at everything (crying deep inside the whole time).  There are 10 Compositions each with 30-40 more compositions inside with some comps going 5-6 deep.  There is a total of around 800 layers or so.. none of that really matter aside from the controllers (These are the ones that are really messing everything up).  Some stuff was changed a lot and I've no idea how (colors for effects, keyframes, sizes, and shapes). 


            It is looking like I may just need to take the rest of the week off and go on vacation... ha.. ha..


            Anyway, I've saved a version of the current file I am working on separate from the save that happened during the precomp destruction.  I'd have a hard time giving an accurate flowchart and there were around 30 error messages.  Is there a way I can look up those messages?