Asset reference issue
I have a template setup in AE 2021. I have it linked to a Google Sheets data source. The sheet has a layer name called greeting-audio. We use this name in various projects, however, it is not used in this project. I have a value for 2 records set to \school\audio\names\generic.mp3. The template does not include a layer, as best I can tell, anywhere named greeting-audio. If I search for it in the project AE does not show a layer with this name. However, when I step through preview in Templater, each record tells me that there is a missing asset - \school\audio\names\generic.mp3. I have to keep the layer name in the data source, because the source is shared by other projects. I could solve this by creating a folder, names, which contains the generic.mp3 file. But I’m curious why Templater throws up an error when AE does not reference the layer name?
Hmm. That’s quite odd. If you search the project for the generic.mp3, is it possible it’s still cached in the [TEMPLATER IMPORTS] folder from a previous iteration of the project? You might also check the Render Queue for previously queued jobs that refer to that asset before it was removed from the project.
If neither of those suggestions makes any difference, it might be helpful to know if renaming that layer in the data source, even temporarily, causes the error not to come up. Does the error occur if the greeting-audio reference is changed to a file besides generic.mp3?
At this point, our first step would be to try and ascertain whether the file reference is an issue with a missing asset in AE from a previous iteration of the project or if Templater is attempting to apply the greeting-audio value to an existing layer. Let us know what you find out, and we’ll take it from there.
@jeff yes, there is a generic.mp3 asset in the TEMPLATER IMPORTS folder. I can just delete that since it’s not used in this project, correct?
That’s correct. You should be able to delete it if it’s not being referenced by any of the layers in the project. If it’s still in use, you’ll get the standard AE message asking if you’re sure you want to remove the file since it’s used in X compositions.