On at least 2 different machines, both Mac OS 10.6, AE CS5, and in multiple projects, elements that I create in After Effects are disappearing from the project. Solids, Adjustment Layers, etc. I'll use them in a timeline, then save and close the project, then reopen it later, and they've vanished. Not in the Timeline, not in the Browser, just gone from the project. It's unbelievably maddening.
I can go back through the autosaves and find a version that still has them, but this is generally unhelpful, because it's usually possible to work for hours in a timeline without knowing they're gone. This really sucks.
Actually, I just figured it out. I'm using Popcorn Island's "FCPtoAE" script, which until this very moment I loved. Just realized that when I import an XML file using the script, it hoses certain elements from my AE project. Weird.
Workaround: Start a new AE Project. Import your new elements from FCP. Save Project. Open your Original Project. Pull the New Elements AE Project into the Original Project. A lot less of a hassle than it sounds like, and totally worth it.
I will contact the folks at Popcorn Island about the issue...
Thanks for the reply on this, Will. I was having the same problem. It would have taken me a LONG time to figure out it was the script. Thank goodness for autosave. Love the script... will use the workaround.
YOU can help save TimeSpace. Join the Chronos Protectorate!