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Chapter 2. Importing Footage into a Project > Opening and Closing Projects

Opening and Closing Projects

In After Effects, you may have only one project open at a time. Closing the Project window or opening another project closes the current project.

As you learned in this chapter's introduction, an After Effects project contains foot age items that refer to files on your system. When you reopen a project, After Effects must locate the source files to which each footage item refers. If After Effects can't locate a source file, the project considers it missing (Figure 2.5). (In Premiere Pro and other nonlinear editing programs, missing footage is called offline.) The names of missing foot age items appear in italics (Figure 2.6), and a placeholder consisting of colored bars temporarily replaces the source footage. You can continue working with the project, or you can locate the source footage. For more about missing source footage, see Chapter 3, “Managing Footage.”


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