14 Replies Latest reply: Oct 30, 2013 4:21 PM by Dylan Higginbotham
Dylan Higginbotham Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

I'm working on a FCPX transition in Motion and I randomly get the following error when I save the project.


"One or more objects that use this media will also be deleted. Are you sure you want to delete the media used for these objects?"






I didn't try to delete any media so I'm confused why this pops up.


When I go to the Media tab I see 2 new images (Image_Transition_A/B_1280x720.png)




I didn't add them to my project but they just showed up and attached themselves to objects in the project.


I can see them in a text editor and they normally don't show up in a FCPX transition.




I see this when modifying an existing template that I made from the ground up. As I finish one template, I save as in order to build on top of it.
The most recent time it happened Image_Transition_A replaced a link behavior.

I'd like to avoid this if possible. Has anyone ever experienced this? Any ideas how to stop it?

  • Dylan Higginbotham Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    To see the pics, click on the rectangles above. I'm not sure why they didn't come through.

  • fox_m Level 5 Level 5 (4,750 points)

    It's not random behavior, it's how Motion works. Those Image_Transition_A/B_1280x720 files are created when you save the transition with Preview Movie. That's extra media that "preloads" the drop zones.


    There are other situations where Motion will throw  warnings like that. For instance, if you clone an object or group and later throw the contents cloned away (has to be ALL the contents.)


    For Drop Zones (and placeholders), go to the Image tab in the inspector (with the drop zone in question selected) and Clear it first before deleting the contents you used in the drop zone in Motion.

  • Dylan Higginbotham Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks for the response.


    I didn't save with Preview Movie and I still got this error. I also wasn't trying to delete anything when I got this error message.


    Here's a quick screencapture showing what happened. Image_Transition_A/B_1280x720 replaced a behavior with itself.


    I also noticed that after this happens some of my rigged parameters are reset.


    I don't think this is normal behavior because I've never had this happen before. I submitted a bug report and emailed the motion team. However, they don't have time right now.


    Thanks for help.

  • fox_m Level 5 Level 5 (4,750 points)

    The ? icon represents media that has gone "offline" (Motion didn't find it when you reopened the project -- the original source was moved -- or you trashed it from the finder while the project was open.)  If you know what it was -- go into the trash and Put Back. If you moved the original, and don't remember what it was, you might be in trouble. If the original is still listed in the media tab, you can Reconnect, or Replace Media File from the Inspector. You'll just be pointing Motion to the new location.

  • Dylan Higginbotham Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks for the reply fox_m.


    I didn't reopen the project. This happened while I was working on it. I didn't trash anything while the project was open. In addition, the offline media replaced a behavior.


    As you can see, there's some funky stuff going on.

  • fox_m Level 5 Level 5 (4,750 points)

    Can you Restore from Autosave? try to get back to the point which the behavior was still active? Maybe you can piece together what happened.


    Did the behavior have a drop well? If you can remember what it was, turn off the "offline" layer (uncheck it -- you don't have to remove it from the layers list) and add the behavior again. Try to retrace your steps. If it is a bug, then you should "Provide Motion Feedback" and report it.

  • Dylan Higginbotham Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I can restore from autosave but I lose a lot of work because it's set to auto save every 15 minutes. I know I can change that but instead I save my files to Dropbox (DB). Then every time I make a change I save and DB keeps every version. It's more granular and I can go back in "time" more precisely.


    Yes the behavior had a drop well. It was a link behavior. I can inacitivate the offline layer and add a new link behavior however I'm still stuck with that image and strange layer.


    I noticed that even though Motion shows the Transition_A_1280x720 layer in place of the link behavior that the link behavior is still applied. Take a look at this quick screencapture.


    I've tried to retrace my steps. I can duplicate the error however it happens at different times as I build the project and it happens to different objects. I can't find a pattern.


    I did report via Motion Feedback.

  • fox_m Level 5 Level 5 (4,750 points)

    I expect you will hear back from Apple on this one.


    I would expect this bizarre behavior from Motion 5.0.2 which was ... well... there are no words for what it was. I've seen my share of completely off the wall behavior. M5.0.5 has gotten much more stable. 


    Did you option-click-drag the link behaviors to duplicate them? Or duplicate them already populated? I've been burned so badly by 5.0.2 that to this day, if I'm working on a "real project" (not example stuff to work out forum discussion examples) I will "manually" create each and every parameter behavior from a menu and not use any available duplication method.


    Save As the project to create a copy you can tear apart and reassemble. You should try to delete the layer with the ? and the Link Behavior that doesn't show up in the layers list (click on the linlk behavior's "title" line "Radius Link" in the Inspector and hit the delete key) Then re-add a new link and work it again [from a menu -- don't duplicate any of the other links already in use].


    Looks like a very nice project. Hope you can fix it!

  • Dylan Higginbotham Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I emailed someone on the Motion team and he said he doesn't know when they'll look at this problem.


    I used ⌘D to duplicate the lin behaviors already populated. I might have to manually create each one however it's strange that sometimes I get an error and other times I don't.


    Thanks for your help.

  • Dylan Higginbotham Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Here's some new info. I'm getting the same error message but now Motion is putting in Emitters and some "ghost" groups. See pic.


    Screen Shot 2012-11-15 at 10.28.19 AM.png

  • BenB Level 6 Level 6 (8,740 points)

    I'd to a total removal (via Final Cut Remover) of Motion and reinstall to start with.

  • Dylan Higginbotham Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks BenB.


    I looked at Final Cut Remover's website but didn't see any difference between their product and this process (Remove Receipts and reinstall Motion).


    Did I miss something?

  • Dylan Higginbotham Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I created a new user account on my computer and started the project from scratch (again). I've made 5 templates with NO errors or crashes.


    I hope that this is it but I don't know for sure. I'm working with Apple support to figure out what might be going on with my user account.


    I'll keep you posted.

  • Dylan Higginbotham Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I'm still having this problem pop up. Creating a new user account, wiping hard drive and reinstalling did NOT work.