A file I was working on earlier today seems to be corrupted when I try and open it again just a couple hours later. The error I get when I open it is:
"After Effects warning: Unable to read project color settings. Color settings reset to factory defaults.'" The file doesn't open after I click OK, just a blank project window.
I can open earlier saved versions but even some of those give the same error too. I can import the corrupted project with all comps/layers/keys etc intact into a new one but I get a different error when I do this:
"After Effects warning: can not find source item for layer ID=36; will replace with a placeholder. ( 26 :: 143 )"
I get maybe a hundred of these warnings with different ID numbers. Clicking OK on all of them opens the project but the comp doesn't preview and the corrupted/placeholder items appear to be nulls and solids (anything After Effects stores internally in the project file I guess), but also some imported Illustrator files.
I'm running After Effects version 184.108.40.206 (2017.2 release) on a late 2015 Retina 5K 27 inch iMac with macOS Sierra v10.12.5 installed. I've had this error before on a previous After Effects project on the same machine. The project + all related files are saved onto a NAS server at work and I open it from there usually, but copying the project file to my desktop still gives the error. Weirdly, I was able to open it on my PC at home when I just copied the project file and sent it to myself - no errors.
I save regularly and have several incremented saves + auto-save turned on, but I can't just expect this to happen randomly. Can anyone shed some light on what causes this and how I can avoid it in future?
Sorry for this issue. Did you ever find a solution? Please let us know if you have or if you still need help.
Hey Kevin, I haven't found a concrete solution but for now I'm assuming it's some sort of conflict with working from an .aep that's not on my local drive. I've moved all my project files off the server and it hasn't happened again yet.