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Check their color space and other format specific setting such as overprint, bleed etc. For the TIF files make sure to not use layered TIFF or another strange encoding that may throw AE off track. I'd also check for any custom channels, trim paths and so on.
Thank you for the reply.
The files themselves are actually from a tutorial (one of the meyer books).
Also when i copy the file to the main hard drive then it works. The tif/ai dont work if i try and import from my second internal hard drive.
I just did a quick test creating a simple TIFF in Photoshop CS3 and same
thing. Main hard drive works, secondary i get the above errors!
any other suggestions appreciated.
I have now successfully solved this problem but
thank you for taking the time to respond.
Jonathon, what was the solution?
The quick answer is i had to rename
the Volume of my second drive. For a
bit more detail please read on.
I have just recently bought a new Mac Pro.
This is my first Mac, as i have previously
been a PC person.
I have two internal drives. The Volumes were
called "Macintosh HD" and "Macintosh HD 1" but
in finder they both appeared as "Macintosh HD".
This wasnt causing me any problems (and didnt know
it was a problem) until i just started using after
At first i though it might be AE problem as i could
import other items from the second drive then i was
rendering out a movie to the root drive of the second
drive but it was appearing in the first Drive ...
So i figured it might be because the names of the Volumes
were similar, so i've changed the name of my second Volume
and now works.
Ah yes, the good old "Macs are simpler" biting your ***... Indeed it will hide some directory and partition names from you and dynamically remap them. This is even worse on localized systems (German for me for instance). Anyway, glad you could resolve the issue.
Also, be aware that you may run in to similar problems when you have long names of folders and files, causing the path to files to become over 31 characters, which AE CS3 will not be able to locate. The solution is to shorten the names so that the search path to your files become less than 31 characters.
- Jonas Hummelstrand