How to Find Missing Files in Adobe After Effects

How to find the missing files in Adobe after effects? If you are among one who asking this question, then here are the solutions to find the missing files. SFWare Digital media Recovery tool can restore the files in quicker way. just download the software and start recovering the files.

Generally, when files are imported to Adobe After Effects, it doesn’t keep the original file. But, it creates a link to the file placed somewhere on the hard drive. If you’re wondering which the file under project panel is, this is the link you see.

If this file is moved or renamed, the link does not work and creates a problem. When you open such a file, you may encounter an error ‘After Effects warning: Files are missing since you last saved this project’.

So how do you fix this problem?

The missing files can be replaced from After Effects by following the steps below.

  • Close the warning prompt by clicking Ok
  • Identify the missing items using the Color bar icon
  • Right click on one of the missing item and click Replace Footage > File
  • In the Replace Footage file dialog, find the location that contains missing file
  • Select the missing file and click Open. You will receive a message that missing files have been found

If the missing files have different names and are in different folders now compared to when they were imported, you might have to repeat the process for those missing files. If the locations have not changed and they have same names, you can restore missing files in one shot.

However, if the original files have been deleted or lost, it is out of scope for recovery in After Effects. You have to rely on backups to restore them. If you don’t have backup, data recovery software is your next best option.

About SF Ware Software

SF Ware Media Recovery provides a complete solution for recovery of media files. All your photos, videos, audio etc. can be recovered easily using the software. Please refer recover videos for complete guide on video recovery.

You don’t have to worry about damage to your files that you worked hard to create. Use the software without worry! This software works on a read only mode, so the original file is not altered in any manner; they are the same as your actual file.

Compatibility of SF Ware media recovery

  • The software supports all versions of Windows OS including the latest Windows 10.
  • All file systems such as FAT16, FAT32, NTFS etc. are supported.
  • Enables recovery from other storage devices such as external hard drives, USB’s and memory cards.

Simple steps to recover missing files in Adobe after effects using SF Ware:

SF Ware is designed to make data recovery easy for all technical and non-technical users. The software provides step by step instructions, but these steps below provide an idea about the process.

  • As a first step, install the software on your computer. Double click on the icon created to run the application.
  • Then click on Recover Photos
  • You will get 2 options – Recover Deleted Photos and Recover Lost Photos. Select the one appropriate for your needs
  • Once this is done, select the drive to recover data. If recovery is from an external hard drive, select that drive
  • Then allow the software to complete scanning process. Once this is done, you can save the required files.

Note: You are given a Preview option to view the recovered file before saving. Double click on the file to Preview. If you’re happy with the result, go ahead and purchase the software to save your file.

Steps to recover deleted Photobooth video files using SF Ware software:

  • Download SFWare Digital Media Recovery software and install it on your system
  • Now launch the software.
  • Choose "Recover Photos" option from first screen, and then go with either "Deleted Photo Recovery" or "Lost Photo Recovery" option depending on the data loss scenario
  • Select the drive from which you’d like to recover Photobooth files and click "Next" option
  • Scanning process now begins. Once it is completed, click on "Preview" option and save the recovered files.

Note: Make sure you are not saving recovered data on the same drive from which you are recovering.


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