After Effects project not opening because of Essential Graphics

New Here ,
Apr 29, 2020 Apr 29, 2020

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Here's the error message after the project opens 98%

 

After Effects Warning: Could not create an essential graphics parameter because it refers to an non-existent layer

 

Clicking ok only brings up the same dialogue box.

 

This is after spending 10 hours working on it yesterday. I did delete a text layer before saving, but it was working just fine yesterday.

 

After Effects 2020 on a Mac Mojave 10.14.6

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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 30, 2020 Apr 30, 2020

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Hi there,

 

Sorry for your issue. We'd need more information so that we can troubleshoot the issue better.

  1. What is the exact version of After Effects are you using: https://community.adobe.com/t5/after-effects/faq-how-to-find-the-exact-version-of-after-effects-you-...
  2. Did you use any third-party plug-in?
  3. Is it the only project with the issue or this is reproducible?

We're here to help, just need more info.

 

Thanks,

Nishu

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New Here ,
Aug 27, 2020 Aug 27, 2020

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the same issue occurred with me today. I`m really very very worried about this. My project is not opening 

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Adobe Employee ,
Aug 28, 2020 Aug 28, 2020

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Hi Hamza0101,

 

Sorry for your issue.

Are you getting the exactly same error message? Try importing your project into a new project.

Let us know how it goes.

 

Thanks,

Nishu

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New Here ,
Jan 19, 2021 Jan 19, 2021

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It's happening to me too. The weird part is that premier let you open the compositions, and media encoder too. But if you try to import the file into another after effects it open that pop up again. All ready try everything, think that the file is corrupted. You can save somethings by exporting the comps in media encoder but you will not be able to edit anything.

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New Here ,
Jan 19, 2021 Jan 19, 2021

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Okay after 3 hours of trying to get back the file I finally did it.  Here you go:

1. Force close after effects 

2. Open a new PREMIER FILE

3. Import the after effect as an asset 

4. Right click on the asset -> modify -> interpret footage

5. After that right click on the asset and select edit original 

6. When after effects open is going to show the error but now lets you hit esc and is going to let you open the file.

 

Suggest to you to save it again as a new file and export all of the compositions

 

 

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Apr 28, 2021 Apr 28, 2021

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I had same issue. Thanks for the workaround. That worked! 

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