You discovered the problem with reference files. If your machine can't find the file to which it's referring, things don't work. And where are the things to which your file is referring. They're at home!
The ONLY time you can use reference files is on the same machine. I would go so far as to say that you should NEVER export reference files. There are too many things that can go wrong with them.
Re-export your files at home. DO NOT make reference files. Bring them to work. See what happens.
Interesting. All files and the folder structure live on two external drives, including the ref files.
Avid and AE project files, settings etc. all point to those externals. I am just running the programs
from the iMac at home and the PC here at work.
Or so I thought.
So much for saving time!
Well, if they're the same disks with the same names, you COULD try exporting an AAF from Avid, importing it into AE, saving the AE project and then opening it at work.
Probably easier to just export the files as non-ref QT, as you stated.
Odd thing is the ref files on the external drives play just fine when clicked.
Just something funky happens on import.