When I reconnect files to a completly offline project AE will auto reconnect all files he finds to clips, which can be real nice, but sometimes I'd like to be able to hand pick clip one by one to avoid some error that auto-reconnect does.
How do I stop auto-reconnect feature when I (right click - replace footage - file...) ?
I'm not aware of a method to actively suppress this feature, but apparently renaming/ moving the files you don't want to include would work. as a workaround, I recommend you use the Proxy feature. Define a proxy while the files are listed as offline, and AE won't go looking for the actual sources of the proxies. you can then replace the files at a later point, if required.