I have this huge client for whom I’ve been working after effects project for about a year but some months ago almost half of my after files turned into .txt after I had an issue with my RAM and had to backup with the help of ”professionals”.
I’m now in the brinks of getting in deep trouble if I don’t fix this ..which has got me over the edge.
You guys know a way of recovering those after files and making them work again?
well, it started crashing often(supposedly because of RAM) and for some reason, I couldn’t put large files on an external drive so I took it to a ”repair” shop which was going to recover everything but a whole bunch of files came back like this. And it doesn’t really make sense…there was no virus, nothing.
But these are in fact (or were) After Effects files because I created them from scratch and no clue why they’re now random .txt’s…
I’m so sorry this has happened to you. The only thing I can think to suggest is contacting Adobe Support. I had a couple of problems about a year ago and they worked through all the solutions remotely (took about 4 hours). Eventually they solved it. It’s not the same, I didn’t lose files, but I’d contact them
On another note, it’s probably worth investigating cloud backups. I’ve set up Google Drive backup and sync. It given me “peace of mind” should I lose anything.
I agree with Eric and Graham. If you want to attempt another recovery (with someone else!), you should stop using the drive IMMEDIATELY. If it’s already been several months of active use on that disk since the recovery attempt, it may be too late to recover additional files.
You should search your system for additional copies of your AEPs. You might be able to salvage the work from an auto-save folder or temporary Media Encoder export folder.
It doesn’t help you now, but here are a couple of notes I put together on safeguarding After Effect project files for the future: