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Tim Adamson
Avid to After Effects VFX workflow
on Oct 14, 2013 at 3:43:01 am


I've currently spent the past week trying to figure out a VFX workflow between Avid Symphony and After Effects for a student web series that I'm working on. This is not because I don't know what I'm doing, rather it's because things that should be working, aren't working.

Basically my workflow has been to export an AAF of the sequence from Avid, no audio, and video consolidated in a folder within the same folder as the AAF. I then 'Pro Import After Effects' and everything loads as it should. I organise my project such that my other VFX artists see only the VFX shots and that they are colour-coded appropriately.

This is where things go wrong. If I close the project, after effects will not reopen the project and will freeze (though I have a feeling this has something to do with my university's computers). Being that I want to work off my own computer, which is a macintosh, I copy the folder with the project, the AAF and the files onto my own hard drive.

I open up the project on my own computer and I get an error for every video file stating: "After Effects error: file '...' cannot be imported - this 'MooV' file is damaged or unsupported". The AAF is using quicktime references referencing .mxf files.

The odd thing is, I tried to import the AAF again into my copy of after effects, rather than using the project I saved on the university computer. This worked out correctly and all the footage loaded. Then I closed and reopened this new project and I got the same error as if I was opening the copy saved on my university error.

I tried importing the AAF into a new project and this time it doesn't work - it yields the same error as all the other projects.

This is what I don't understand, this workflow is straightforward and should work but it doesn't. Not only that, but it decides to work sometimes, but not others. I've never know After Effects to be this inconsistent and temperamental.

We are already behind on our VFX and I'm absolutely stumped on why I'm having these problems.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

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