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Missing files not missing, but missing in AME
Missing files not missing, but missing in AME
by Andy Engelkemier on May 3, 2016 at 3:23:07 pm

This is the most odd thing. I have a sequence of images, they Are large. 5184x3456. I didn't go back and resize them. But I don't see why that would be the problem.

Everything in AE seems fine. All the frames are there.
It's a time lapse. So I did some edits, got it to the right speed, and now I want an H.264 1920x1080 file, so on to AME right?

It gives no warning, but shows me the missing frame color bars. In preferences there I also have "don't encode sources containing offline media" checked and it renders anyway.
It's as if Media Encoder is looking at the image, and actually Seeing it as color bars, and not missing. Like, AfterEffects is reporting the image as color bars instead of saying it's missing. No idea.

This has happened a few times, with just a couple pieces though. Premiere seems to also report missing files that aren't missing. Then I'll render again after closing things up and trying again, and it works.

No luck this time.

Any advice on fixing this? This is all on a local drive too. I don't need advice on how to do a workaround either. I can get it rendered by rendering frames in after effects, then importing those as a sequence. I'm no dummy. But since this is happening somewhat frequently, I'd like to figure it out.

Re: Missing files not missing, but missing in AME
by Andy Engelkemier on May 3, 2016 at 3:24:49 pm

Of course, Right after posting I decided to try one more thing. I just took my comp, and created a new comp from that.

No color bars. This has Got to be a bug. I didn't do anything else.

Re: Missing files not missing, but missing in AME
by Lisa Bradley on May 4, 2016 at 6:17:34 pm

Did you clean your cache/render files?

Lisa Bradley

Re: Missing files not missing, but missing in AME
by Andy Engelkemier on May 4, 2016 at 6:27:32 pm

no, that could be it I guess.
I Did notice that in AME I had "Save Media Cache files next to originals when possible" checked instead of saving in the dedicated SSD I have for cache files. I at least unchecked that, so in the future those should be a bit faster.

I do periodically clear AE's cache though. Did you know if you update to a new version it keeps all your cache files and you can't remove them without manually deleting them? That seems like a Huge oversight on Adobe's part. If you aren't going to delete them, or migrate them for me when upgrading, then you should give me a tool to remove previous version caches from the new version. I get why not automatically do it though, I think. Probably because if they really F up, then you can roll back to the previous version and you still have access to those cache files.

Anyway, I'll see if clearing the cache helps next time this happens. It happens more often than I would like, that's for sure. Something similar happens occasionally in Premier as well. But there, usually restarting or something like that fixes it.

Re: Missing files not missing, but missing in AME
by Mark Kneyse on May 20, 2020 at 10:50:48 pm

Andy Engelkemier! Thank you thank you thank you for creating this thread! I had 20+ timelapses with the same resolutions as yours and I had the toughest time getting half of them to export in Media Encoder. I was aiming for H.264, 4K, .mp4 files but I kept getting color bars no matter what I tried (including clearing the cache).
I created a new composition as you did and Media Encoder liked it. I'm finally exporting the rest of my timelapses as we speak. I've wasted so much time on trying to figure this out. Thank you for finding and sharing your solution!