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“Unable to import file” error when trying to open an old After Effects project

Community Beginner ,
May 15, 2024 May 15, 2024

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I'm going through the archives of my department - from before I joined the company. I am trying to open and review AE projects from around 2014-2017 in AE version 24.4. When trying to do so, I get the error "After Effects warning. Unable to import file "{file path and name}" as project (bad format or not readable).” I've also tried importing the old projects into a newly created AE project with the same result.


Is there any hope for these old projects, or are they gone forever?

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May 15, 2024 May 15, 2024

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Would you try to open the project files by older versions of After Effects if you have some versions installed?

 

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