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and eimI cant open my after effects project :(
by on Nov 13, 2015 at 10:47:07 pm

Hey :)

I have been working on a lyric video for like 2 weeks. Today i was finishing it and when i saved it, my pc crashed. I turned my pc on again and when i tried to open the project this warning comes up: Unable to import file “C:\Users\Eric\Desktop\lyric.aep” as project (bad format or not readable).

I really need help to fix this. If it is any way to download a program that can go one save back, so i just loose the last part when it crashed i would be so happy.

Some info:

Windows 8
After effects CS6 (11.0)

Plugins that is installed:
Trapcode Soundkey
Optical Flare
Sure Target


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Dave LaRondeRe: I cant open my after effects project :(
by on Nov 13, 2015 at 11:23:56 pm
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Nov 13, 2015 at 11:28:34 pm

You're probably hosed.

One thing that MIGHT work is this: start a new AE project. Import the old project into the new one.

If that doesn't work, it gets pricey. You might need data recovery software (not cheap), and there's no guarantee of success.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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and eimRe: I cant open my after effects project :(
by on Nov 13, 2015 at 11:32:53 pm

Thanks for fast answer. I have tried to import it, but it Didnt work. Do you know any program that could help me? I think if any program could jump backward 1 save it would be perfect. Or just recover the probect so i can open it where i stopped.


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Dave LaRondeRe: I cant open my after effects project :(
by on Nov 14, 2015 at 12:28:12 am

Sorry. There's nothing like that. I think you're out of luck.

Crashes stink. And that's why AE has an automatic Increment and save feature. It could help you a LOT next time, but not this time.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Walter SoykaRe: I cant open my after effects project :(
by on Nov 14, 2015 at 2:29:03 am

Did you by chance have auto-save on?

Walter Soyka
Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live [link]
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
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and eimRe: I cant open my after effects project :(
by on Nov 14, 2015 at 11:01:51 am

I did not have auto-save on.. From now on i will use auto-save but this really sucks...

Thanks for the answers :)


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Walter SoykaRe: I cant open my after effects project :(
by on Nov 14, 2015 at 11:14:17 am

It's too late now, but check out Walter's Field Notes on Safeguarding After Effects Project Files [link] for the future.

Walter Soyka
Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live [link]
Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
@keenlive [twitter]   |   RenderBreak [blog]   |   Profile [LinkedIn]


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and eimRe: I cant open my after effects project :(
by on Nov 14, 2015 at 11:28:39 am

Thanks for the tips, i will follow These for the future :)


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and eimRe: I cant open my after effects project :(
by on Nov 14, 2015 at 8:06:32 pm

I found out that my PC crash when i use color gradient on some text Layer. It crash when i drag my time thing over where that text is, but when i am on some places where there is no color gradient on the text layer there is no problems. Does any on you guys know why this happens?


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Paul EstevesRe: I cant open my after effects project :(
by on Nov 14, 2015 at 8:32:02 pm

I had a similar problem a while ago. I was using CS6, had issues, it would not open my file, so decided to try my project on another machine using CC and it worked fine. Not sure if you want to upload the project, possibly someone else will be able to open it, resave it and send it back to you. Slim chance, but worth a shot.


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Shaun NgRe: I cant open my after effects project :(
by on Nov 15, 2015 at 10:31:46 pm

Windows 8 also has a back up feature called "File History", which is supposed to work like Mac's Time Machine (I have a Mac). If you happen to already have this working, then just revert your PC back to before the crash. Otherwise, set up File History for future work. Good luck!


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