I just went to open After Effects the other day and I got a message: After Effects Error: Adobe After Effects 5.5 Prefs is not valid. The file will be renamed with ".old", and a new preferences file will be created.
I went to open a project and then got the error: "After Effects Error: File is Damaged. (33 : : 7)" and then "After Effects Warning:Unable to Read Project Color Settings." Then nothing happens.
I had not enabled Auto Save.
I tried File Recovery but then when I try and open the recovered file this comes up: "After Effects warning: unable to import file 'projectname.aep' as project. "
Please help! Weeks of work will be lost!
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That's what incremental file versioning and backups are for. If you have none after "weeks of work" then clearly you are doing something wrong. The rest we cannot know. You haven't even told us your exact version of AE much less any other details like what is used in the project, where it's stored and so on.