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After Effects CS5 Not Deleting Existing Files

1131 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Dec 28, 2013 1:33 AM by egeefay RSS
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Since upgrading to AE5, I am receiving an error message "AE unable to delete existing file" when trying to overwrite an existing rendered movie with the same file name. Before switching to AE5 from AE4, I was able to make changes in AE and export over the existing file and roundtrip back to FCP, now I have to delete the exported movie file from my drives, export again and reconnect in FCP.

Is this a preference setting in AE?

Is this a preference setting in FCP?
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  • Jim Cookman Level 7 Level 7 (23,435 points)
    Dunno, but FCP does like to hold on to it's exports. Ever notice if you try to trash an export, FCP won't let you? You have to close the project.

    But personally, I keep all my exports, good or bad until the end of a project. I just use incremental version numbers. Why? Dunno know that either. I guess I'm a hoarder.
    8 core mac pro, 8 gigs, 10.6.5 LOTS of drive space, Mac OS X (10.4.5), 4 other macs, various. 2 minute walk to the beach elitist..
  • Neirbost Calculating status...

    Also having the same issue (intermittently).  Did you ever find a solution?

  • egeefay Calculating status...
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    Dec 28, 2013 1:33 AM (in response to Neirbost)

    I was having the same problem too..... trying to overwrite a file in after effects for a Final Cut Pro project.


    I found that if I tabbed away from my FCP project sequence.... over to an empty sequence (or a different sequence)  BEFORE trying to render my after effects clips, After effects would let me overwrite the old movie file with the new one...(saving it over the old file with the same name)


    Then, (after the composition was  rendered) I simply went back to FCP and  "tabbed" back to the sequence for my project ....and the clip would automatically update....just like in the good old days


    I guess when after effects sees the project file is open (over in FCP) it won't overwrite it until it no longer sees that FCP sequence


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