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Was handed a project with ffx files on the side. How do you link the ffx files to the expressions?

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May 28, 2024 May 28, 2024

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Hello!

I was given a project (self contained on a single hard drive with all assets) that was ready to be used. Another designer created comps and I'm just to fill in names of lower thirds, etc. When I opened the project it said that there was 80 expression errors. I went to one and discovered that there was two ffx files that were included in the hard drive that I needed to install on my copy of AE 42.4.1 (Build 2). I put them in my presets folder and refreshed the Effects & Presets list.

 

Do I need to "relink" the ffx files manually to each expression that is used? I tried retyping the expression as the designer had it to no avail. Any thought on how to have the expression use the ffx files that are now in my presets folder?

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May 28, 2024 May 28, 2024

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The expression is looking for an effect control that would have been created by applying the preset to that layer. You shouldn't need the actual .ffx file once that has been done. The question is how you ended up with the expression but not the effect control. Even if you re-apply the preset to the layer, you won't know how the other designer might have modified the controls after applying the preset. Sounds like you need to go back to the original designer to figure out what happened and how to fix it.

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Sounds good. The explanation is a bit beyond my experience level, but I appreciate your time taken here so at the very least I can sound semi-intelligent to the original designer. Thank you.

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