It's an operating system/ Quicktime error. Something is definitely not right with your first drive, or at least the directories in which the files reside. Run OnyX and similar tools to check your file system.
It's really frustrating to hear you say that, because it was giving me the error yesterday, and then I did a complete reload of Snow Leopard... I'll give OnyX a shot, but if a system restore doesn't fix it, I don't really know what else to do...
Brian - Can you post more details about the problem? Specifically the whole error message that AE gives you, and the file types and file paths that you're importing. Screenshots are helpful, too. There are a few different ways AE can get tripped up (for example, having two drives with the same name). I may be able to help you avoid the problem, or maybe there's something we need to fix. Thanks!
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OK, here's some screenshots. The first is of the setup of my machine...
Bay 1 Drive - OS X, CS4 Master Collection, Final Cut Studio... all of my applications.
Bay 4 Drive - Final Cut Documents folder w/Capture Scratch, AE Disk Cache, Image & Video resources.
Seagate Backup - Direct duplicate of Bay 4 Scratch Disk via Time Machine.
Nothing is being shared/pulled from the Network Drive, it just happened to be connected when I took the screenshot.
I open an After Effects project, and all of my files are disconnected. I do "replace footage" to get the (10) video clips back (which are located under the Capture Scratch folder on the Bay 4 drive), and AE does it perfectly.
However, when I do the same procedure for a texture image on the same drive, I receive this message....
Here's the file directories for the files:
Final Cut Pro Documents > Capture Scratch > Psalm 10 Footage > Untitled1.mov (AE Finds the video fine, and replaces the remaining 9 since they are in the same location.
Resources > Video Copilot > Riot Gear > Riot_Gear_FX > Grungy_Textures > High > Greyscale > Grungy_gray_17.jpg (I receive the error above when attempting to replace.)
Is this enough details for you to be able to see any problems? Thanks for looking into this!
EDIT: I also receive the same error when I try re-importing the image as well.
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Do the images correctly open in Preview or any other program? Could well be that you have a damaged download. In that case you may need to re-download from VideoCopilot. I would also check their permissions (File --> Info). Macs are simply dumb at handling compressed archives that were created on a different system with different permission settings. Check the bottom of the info floater and see, if you have actually any permission at all to check the files. If not, add yourself as a user...
Don't think it's a corrupt file, as I can easily copy the file to the Desktop, and then it imports into AE just fine. I'll check the file permissions when i'm back in the office in the morning.
Are the two drives formatted with different filesystems?
Both are Mac OS Extended (Journaled)...
Thanks for all the details, Brian. Unfortunately nothing's jumping out quite yet.
Are there any other files named Grungy_gray_##.jpg in that directory? And if so, is AE automatically enabling the JPEG Sequence checkbox in the Import dialog when you select that file? Sequence import has an additional layer of logic and potential problems that could be complicating this.
Otherwise, it could be something to do with the directory or the file. Good to know that a version of the file on the desktop works. Let us know if the permissions check Mylenium suggested for the original file reveals anything. Otherwise maybe try copying the file one level up at a time until you can get an import. (ie., Put a copy in the High folder and try to import. If that fails, put a copy in the Grungy_Textures folder and try to import. etc.) This may reveal a problem in the name/length of the path (which I doubt) or a specific folder with problems.
Also, does the problem only occur in your existing project, or does a new project have it as well? I suspect the latter, but worth checking
I unchecked JPEG Sequence, and it worked fine! I guess it's because there's numerous files that are all just numbered. Thanks for your help!
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Glad that it's solved.
Can you send me a screenshot or list of *all* the files in the directory? I'd like to investigate this on my own so we can fix it for the future.