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Dec 22, 2012

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Hi,

I created a project in AE. While rendering a comp, ae crashed. I restarted it and tried to open the project again. The Open-Dialog shows up but it only goes until 67%, then ae freezes.

Can anyone help me with this?

Thanks,

Tobias

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After Effects won't open project

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Dec 22, 2012

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Hi,

I created a project in AE. While rendering a comp, ae crashed. I restarted it and tried to open the project again. The Open-Dialog shows up but it only goes until 67%, then ae freezes.

Can anyone help me with this?

Thanks,

Tobias

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Dec 22, 2012

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Create a new project and import the old project into it.

Beyond that advice, we need to know a lot more if we're going to help you further. Please provide answers to the questions listed here: "FAQ: What information should I provide when asking a question on this forum?"

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Dec 23, 2012

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Ok, I should give you some more information. My operating system is Mac OS 10.8.2, After Effects version is CS5.5. The video is .m2v, 3minutes long, 1920  x 1080. I´ve got an Intel core 2 duo 2.53 GHz and 8GB of RAM. I applied a B/W effect, a vignette, some noise and a fast blur to the video.

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Dec 23, 2012

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Did you try what I suggested?

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Dec 23, 2012

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Yes, but it froze at 67%.

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Jan 02, 2013

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Try opening the project in After Effects CS6.

You can get a free trial version of After Effects CS6 with which to try this:

http://adobe.ly/ha8ANY

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New Here ,
Aug 12, 2013

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I'm having the same issue.... stuck at 85%

How do I import a project into another one? i tired creating a new project and then opening the corrupted one... How donI import into another one?

AEP File: Lots of Adjustment Layers with Chrves, Camera Blur, Ai Files, 2 minutes of media.

OS: Mac  OS X10.8.3

Macbook Pro 13": 2.66Ghz Core 2 Duo, 8Gb Ram, Nvidia 320M, SSD+ HD

Adobe After Effects CS6.

I imported a sequence from premiere and then did color adjustment in after.

Please helppppp!!!

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Aug 17, 2013

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> How do I import a project into another one? i tired creating a new project and then opening the corrupted one... How donI import into another one?

See After Effects Help:

http://help.adobe.com/en_US/aftereffects/cs/using/WS3878526689cb91655866c1103906c6dea-7f47a.html

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Jun 14, 2018

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Hi, I have Adobe After Effect CC 2018 and it has been working perfectly fine until around now. Last night I made a project, did the editing and stuff I needed to do, saved it then went to bed. Then this morning I opened After Effects to render it since I finished and saved the project last night but the project won’t open. Adobe is working fine but the project won’t open up, it says “Unable to import file as project (bad format or not readable)“. I tried opening a new comp and importing it into there and I also tried again with caps lock on and it’s still not importing, could you help?

I use Windows if that helps you

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 15, 2018

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Can you open any of the auto-saves?

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New Here ,
Jun 16, 2018

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No, any time I click on it it doesn’t load. It just says the same thing everytime.

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Dec 23, 2012

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I restarted it and tried to open the project again. The Open-Dialog shows up but it only goes until 67%, then ae freezes.

That's why people save incrementally or have backups... In addition to what Todd already suggested, you might try enablking capslock when opening the project to suppress rendering. This might allow you to save an intact copy and remove e.g. offending effects/ plug-ins...

Mylenium

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Dec 23, 2012

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I saved it before rendering. I also tried to enable capslock. But this didn't help. I also can access the project through other products like media encoder. So i can still render it out, but I'm not able to edit the content.

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New Here ,
Apr 07, 2016

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Has anyone managed to resolve this problem. I have the same issue and it's 2016 now, running AE CC2015. Please help.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 07, 2016

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If AE crashed and the project file no longer opens, it is corrupt. If importing it into another project doesn't work. Grab one of AE's autosaved versions and pick up working from there.

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New Here ,
Apr 07, 2016

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unfortunately, autosaved versions don't work either. How is that possible, Adobe is selling us product that causes so much pain and frustration and no real support. Just finished chatting with their support agent and he basically told me bluntly that there's nothing they can do. What do we pay them then for what is supposed to be a professional product. How can anyone work like this> I don't get it.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 07, 2016

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Wait...your autosaves won't open? That's not right. What error message are you getting?

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New Here ,
Apr 07, 2016

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no message, AE just freezes and I have to force quite it.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 07, 2016

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Are you saying that After Effects doesn't open at all or just that those projects won't open?

If AE won't open at all, do you happen to have AVG antivirus installed?

If AE opens, but then won't open those files, do you know offhand what plugins or scripts were used in those projects? Try opening one with caps lock turned on. Also try opening it with AE CC 2014..

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New Here ,
Apr 07, 2016

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Dude, the caps trick totally did it. OMG, I can't believe this, life saver, thanks a million, man. I would kiss you if I could, hahahaha. So happy.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 07, 2016

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Haha! Glad to help. If you're ever near Nashville, I'll be happy to take a nice glass of bourbon or scotch instead of that kiss.

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Apr 07, 2016

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hahahah, sorry, I live in Wales, UK. Unfortunately no trips planned to the US, cheers, mate.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 07, 2016

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I used to live in Devon - not too far south of you! Have a great day. If you need anything else, we forum folk are always there for you. Also, if you're a Redditor, come hang out with us in /r/AfterEffects.

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Apr 07, 2016

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Thanks, mate, much appreciated.

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Mar 01, 2018

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Hi,

This is my first post ever in a Forum, and it's not in my language, please pardon my English...

I had the same problem, in march 2018, with the Adobe After Effects CC 2018, running on MacOS Sierra.

None of my Auto-save projects worked, even if imported in a new project. AE freezes during the opening or importing process (57% or 62%). Had to force quitting.
Then, I realized I imported a Premiere Pro sequence in my After Effects project, by Dynamic Link.

I just opened my Premiere Pro project, and after that, my AE project magically opened again. So, this may be a Dynamic Link problem...

I hope this may help people having the same issue.

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New Here ,
Mar 26, 2018

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This actually worked for me as well!

I had a Dynamic Link (AE comps in Premiere) and my AE project won't open. Only after I opened the Premiere project with the Dynamic Link my AE project magically opened!

EDIT: My Dynamic Link story is a bit more complicated… turns out I have a Premiere timeline in my AE comp, while using that AE comp in another Premiere timeline. So basically you should try run Premiere with your other project open if you have any troubles 🙂

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Sep 17, 2018

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frisalitsch  wrote

Hi,

This is my first post ever in a Forum, and it's not in my language, please pardon my English...

I had the same problem, in march 2018, with the Adobe After Effects CC 2018, running on MacOS Sierra.

None of my Auto-save projects worked, even if imported in a new project. AE freezes during the opening or importing process (57% or 62%). Had to force quitting.
Then, I realized I imported a Premiere Pro sequence in my After Effects project, by Dynamic Link.

I just opened my Premiere Pro project, and after that, my AE project magically opened again. So, this may be a Dynamic Link problem...

I hope this may help people having the same issue.

Thank you so much frisalitsch.  This right here was the solution for me. Won't lie, a bit of panic was beginning to set in because this is a months-old project with a million keyframes in it, and none of my backups were loading up either.

Good old Dynamic Link strikes again.

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Jun 03, 2020

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It works for me too !! (importing my project inside a new one didn't work) Thank you frisalitsch !! CC 2019 / macbook pro 13 2016

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New Here ,
May 13, 2018

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Try opening the project on another computer that doesn't have the associated media on it. If the project opens, save, send it back to your computer, and re-connect media until you find the bugger that set it off.

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