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Tracing video file to source project!

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May 21, 2018

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Hello!

So I have multiple projects on my computer and sometimes when i'm working on a new project that has similar effects to an older project, I will work out of the older one and can kind of copy and paste the effects I created before. My question is, I have a current project I'm doing but can't find an old AE project containing the similar effects. I have the exported clips, like the .MOV files I exported out of AE, but does anyone know a way to trace the roots of the video clip to locate the project I exported out of? I'm on a mid 2011 iMac. Thanks!

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For sure. luckily, I ended up finding the project file I needed. lets just say lesson learned! thank you though.

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Tracing video file to source project!

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Hello!

So I have multiple projects on my computer and sometimes when i'm working on a new project that has similar effects to an older project, I will work out of the older one and can kind of copy and paste the effects I created before. My question is, I have a current project I'm doing but can't find an old AE project containing the similar effects. I have the exported clips, like the .MOV files I exported out of AE, but does anyone know a way to trace the roots of the video clip to locate the project I exported out of? I'm on a mid 2011 iMac. Thanks!

- Boomer

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For sure. luckily, I ended up finding the project file I needed. lets just say lesson learned! thank you though.

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No way. Video is video, and projects are projects. In fact different recipes (projects) can produce the same meal (output) in AE. How would you differentiate that? You have to know yourself. The rest is between you and your file organization methods and this is nothing anyone can take off your shoulders. You just have to develop the discipline to name your files and folders meaningfully and keep them organized in a sensible way.

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For sure. luckily, I ended up finding the project file I needed. lets just say lesson learned! thank you though.

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In fact, there's a way, or more than one.

The recipe can change, but it will generate a cake with the proper metadata, everytime.

 

Using Premiere

Load the Footage on Premiere, and right click on the desired footage

Click on"Edit Original", that will take you to the Project and Composition that generated the Media.

If the media was relocated, it will show the Path to the original Project.

 

Using Bridge

Navigate or drag the file in Bridge

Press CTRL / CMD+I or right click and choose show info

In Bridge CC, check the Meta tab and scroll towards the bottom. You'll find the After Effects project file it came from and the file path.

 

But, it's always good practice to keep your files organized and use a proper name convention to avoid disasters.

 

Cheers,

 

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If you want to include project links in the Metadata of videos you render you must use the Render Cue. The settings are in the Output Module. Include Project Link is right at the top.

Screenshot_2020-09-05 00.10.00_7DEkQ3.png

There are no options that I can find in the Adobe Media Encoder to add the AE project file link. 

Screenshot_2020-09-05 00.26.06_h18hRr.png

The screenshot is from a test comp that I loaded into the AME that included the project link. The link cannot be seen anywhere in the metadata panel in AME.

 

I added a comp to the Render Cue and to the AME. I also added the rendered comp to the AME and rendered both files. From Premiere Pro, the MP4 from the comp opened QuickTime when I selected Edit Original. Both the lossless original from the Render Cue and the compressed MP4 made from the original lossless file contained the metadata required for AE to open up and go to the file. 

 

Here is the last few lines of the metadata for the MP4 rendered from the lossless movie created in the Render Cue. The full path and project name is right there:

<creatorAtom:fullPath>/Users/rick/projects/Dropbox/SampleProjects/animated boxes.aep</creatorAtom:fullPath> </creatorAtom:aeProjectLink> </rdf:Description> </rdf:RDF> </x:xmpmeta>

 

The comp rendered by choosing Open Comp in Media Encoder has no such information:

</xmpMM:Pantry> <dc:format>H.264</dc:format> <as11u:threeDType>3</as11u:threeDType> <as11u:pictureRatio>12:5</as11u:pictureRatio> <as11u:signingPresent>0</as11u:signingPresent> </rdf:Description> </rdf:RDF> </x:xmpmeta>

 

The Metadata from that file does contain a bunch of other info from the comp but the link to the project file is nowhere to be found. I can find out what layers were in the comp and what effects were used, but no link to the project is included. 

<rdf:li rdf:parseType="Resource"> <dc:format>application/vnd.adobe.aftereffects.layer</dc:format> <xmpMM:InstanceID>xmp.iid:4b188e69-5245-4e8c-9f33-5d27b00570fb</xmpMM:InstanceID> <dc:title> <rdf:Alt> <rdf:li xml:lang="x-default">Shape Layer 15</rdf:li> </rdf:Alt> </dc:title> </rdf:li> <rdf:li rdf:parseType="Resource"> <dc:format>application/vnd.adobe.aftereffects.layer</dc:format> <xmpMM:InstanceID>xmp.iid:54134ed9-cb94-40e4-88ca-4d1d3b718100</xmpMM:InstanceID> <dc:title> <rdf:Alt> <rdf:li xml:lang="x-default">Fractal Noise</rdf:li> </rdf:Alt> </dc:title>

 

This might be a nice feature request.

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