13 Replies Latest reply: Dec 15, 2013 10:42 PM by Najinsky
DerekBrad Level 1 (0 points)

I tried exporting a video from aperture to desktop.  It apparently lost the file.  I see the thumbnail with a yellow triangle.  I read a lot of post here and did all three repair stages when opening aperture.  Still no file and a thumbnail.  I tried locating the file in finder and cannot locate it.  I looked in aperture library in the masters and still cannot locate the origianl file to reconnect the video file. 

Any help will be much apperciated


Aperture 3
  • léonie Level 10 (90,604 points)

    Derek,

    what happens, when you select the video with the broken reference in the Browser and use the command  to "File > Locate referenced file"?

    In the "Referenced Files in Selection" window you should be able to see the path to the original file, where it should have been. Have you searched this folder?

    reconnect.png

    Or is the problem, that Aperture does not allow to use the  "File > Locate referenced file" and gives the error message "The selection does not have any referenced files".

    In that case the original movie should be in your Aperture library, and you shoud look inside the folder with the date you imported your movie - the Aperture library "Masters" folder is organized according to "Import session". To see the "Import session" of a version, edit a metadata preset in the libaray inspector info panel to include the "Aperture > Import session" tag when you are viewing a version.

    impses.png

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • DerekBrad Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes I did that and the video is not in the masters folder.  All I tried to do is export the video to desktop and it seems like aperture lost the whole file, leaving just a thumbnail

  • Ernie Stamper Level 8 (37,545 points)

    How exactly did you do this Export?

     

    Ernie

  • DerekBrad Level 1 (0 points)

    Right click on video then export then original to desktop

  • DerekBrad Level 1 (0 points)

    and it is not on desktop and no longer in the "masters" folder

  • léonie Level 10 (90,604 points)

    All I tried to do is export the video to desktop and it seems like aperture lost the whole file, leaving just a thumbnail

    Did you accidentally use "relocate" instead of "export"?

     

    How did you import the video? Are videos, that you imorted at the same time still o.k.?

  • Ernie Stamper Level 8 (37,545 points)

    I just tested with a video in my Aperture Library, both selecting Export/Version (preferred in my opinion) and Export/Original.  In both cases a video file appeared on my Desktop, and did not disappear from the Project in the Aperture Library.  But with the Original, it notified of some error with Metadata, but that still did not keep the file from playing in QT.

     

    Ernie

  • léonie Level 10 (90,604 points)

      But with the Original, it notified of some error with Metadata, but that still did not keep the file from playing in QT.

    Exactly the same here, Ernie!

  • DerekBrad Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes all three of the other videos in that set are ok

  • léonie Level 10 (90,604 points)

    Can you find one of these videos in the Aperture library? The missing video should be in the same folder.

  • Kreistofer Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi DerekBrad,

     

    Did you ever manage to recover your video file?

     

    Exactly the same issue happened to me today and I really want to retrieve the movie that Aperture corrupted or lost during the export process.

     

    Thx

  • Southpaw! Level 1 (25 points)

    Nooo!! ****. Same thing here as all you.  Failed export resulted in completely lost file. I watched it disappear from teh database folder!  The only place I can see a remnant of it is a preview file which plays a movie of all black for about the same length as the original once was.

     

    Please someone tell me there's a way to retrieve the movie files. I'm panicing!

     

    OS10.8.5  Aperture 3.4.5

     

    Thank you.

  • Najinsky Level 3 (670 points)

    If you know how to use terminal, use that. Set the current directory to the directory(folder) where the video was located and then use the 'ls' command to list the contents of the directory.

     

    You might find your video still in there but hidden from finder.

     

    If you don't know how to use Terminal, check my walkthrough towards the end of this thread. You only need to go as far as changing the current directory, and then type: ls (lowercase L) to list the directory contents. Make sure you check the whole directory because if the file has been hidden, it will have a slightly different name.

     

    Andy