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Richard Herd
How to relink AVCHD package contents
on Mar 20, 2015 at 10:37:21 pm

The footage was shot on AG-AF100. The SD card was copied into a camera archive folder. Then in Premiere I used Media Browser to pull the contents into Premiere and I made a bunch of selects and a rough cut, which I then "Replaced with After Effects Composition." Made the mograph. Happy client. Archived project.

Now it's a year later.

Client needs updates to the exact same AE Comp. Pulled the project to the media drive, but the files from the AVCHD contents folder are not recognized. And when I navigate to the folder it is an unopenable AVCHD, cannot right-click and show contents.

The question: How do I relink the media in AE?


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Jeremey Shelton
Re: How to relink AVCHD package contents
on Dec 8, 2016 at 2:05:36 pm

Does anyone have a solution for this? I have run into the same issue; since I cannot "show contents" of the FCPX project I cannot relink the clips in the AE project.

I'd appreciate any tips. Thank you.

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Allan Houston
Re: How to relink AVCHD package contents
on Mar 6, 2017 at 5:07:11 pm

This can be irritating in Premiere and even more problematic in After Effects.

This is what I do for each.

Most recent versions of Premiere seem to handle it better but in previous versions, when you open the 'link media' dialogue box and after you click 'locate', you can locate the MTS file in finder (I assume it's roughly the same in windows explorer) and right click the AVCHD file > 'Show Package contents' > Right click on BDMV file > 'Show package contents' again > navigate to 'Stream' folder and with Premiere in the background, so you can see both it and the finder window, drag the Stream folder into the locate box.

In After Effects I drag in the files again and, with the offline media selected in the comp, hold down option (or alt) and drag the newly imported footage into the comp. It replaces the offline footage in the comp with the exact same effects, position, timing etc.

There must be a better way and it would be a pain if this involved many files but this works for me most of the time.

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Craig Service
Re: How to relink AVCHD package contents
on Sep 18, 2019 at 6:06:02 am

I ran across this issue today in an AE project that I converted to the latest update of AE 15.0 on a Mac.

Trying to R click the unlinked file and selecting Replace Footage / File resulted in a greyed out AVCHD file. Next, I went into Finder and Navigated to the file by R clicking on the AVCHD file / Show Package Contents. Repeat for BDMV file, as metioned in the earlier post. Option dragging did not work for me, but I R clicked on the missing file one more time / Replace Footage / File and the file was available.

I guess AE needs a little help by manually opening the Package Contents in Finder. Kinda weird.

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