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Replacing the color bars in After Effects By Ko Maruyama
If you've moved footage or changed the directory path for source material used in Adobe's After Effects, and the application can't automatically update the footage's location, you may get the color bars icon, a placeholder for missing footage. Sometimes you don't have the footage, but don't want the color bars.  Here's one easy way to temporarily replace the SMPT bars.

There are several reasons why you may encounter the color bars.  All of the reasons come back to the fact that After Effects can't resolve where the footage's path is; that is - where it is on your computer.  Sometimes an external drive will go offline, or you disconnect from a specific array, SAN or LAN.  Other times, you may have an old source that you'll recreate at a later date.  For whatever reason, you may want to change the way those bars look in your composition temporarily without changing the original source material.

The first thing to do is to create a file which will replace the color bars.  Using Photoshop, you can make your placeholder.

Create a rounded rectangle.

Change its opacity to 70%, to allow other layers to be seen through it.

Type a phrase that will indicate that this is not the true composition source.

Save this file in a location where you can use it for every composition you might need it for.  With missing footage somewhere in your composition, you may not be able to see the layers that exist below it.  But you may want to see the action of the missing footage (effect or animation).


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