After Effects error: opening sound component (-2166) Please help!

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  02 February 2006
After Effects error: opening sound component (-2166) Please help!

I'm using AE5.5 and I'm trying to output my comp but each time I add audio to it I get this error message:

After Effects error: opening sound component (-2166)

(10 :: 44)

Can anyone tell me what the problem is here? I also get the same error when I load the audio into my comp and open its waveform?

The audio file is just a simple WAV file exported from Goldwave.

I'd really appreciate any help.
  02 February 2006
Sound error

I have had the same exact issue although it isn't as friendly as what you describe - usually AE just quits. My suggestion is to save your sound files as .aif - no compression. No other way around it. If you have problems saving it out as an .aif from goldwave use itunes to do it for you.
  02 February 2006
I'm getting the same error with all the audio I try to export. I don't know what's causing it, but I've heard some people say that Quicktime 7 interferes with After Effects exporting so maybe that's the culprit.

  02 February 2006
I've had the same problem today trying to render to both the DV codec and the AVID codec.

My solution (not really a fix) was to keep re-rendering the comp and hope it made it through the render...sometimes I get the error 4 frames in and sometimes it's almost done rendering...

I'm using AE 5.5 on I love how AE5.0 on OS9 was stable as hell...damn OSX....

I was experiencing something similar but not audio related back in September when I was using my custom render output templates. I had to manually click the output template, check the codec settings and just click all of the OK prompts and the render went fine.

As I type this, I've had 5 attempts fail at rendering a simple 30second!!! I think QT7 has to be part of the problem. I've never experienced this kind of stuff using OS9...good thing it's a dual-boot system and I can go back "home"....

  02 February 2006
QT7 IS THE CULPRIT. This is a known issue, though not everyone experiences it.

It is not AE because the version I'm using (6.0) I've had for a couple of years with no changes whatsoever. Been working fine for all that time until I upgraded to QT7 a few months back. I even tried buying QT7 pro...but no go.

The ONLY solution i've found if you are having this trouble is to uninstall QT and install version 6.5.2 or earlier. I would like to stay on top of software updates, but I don't want to shell out the $$ for the newest version of AE unless this issue has been resolved on Macromedia's end. (even though it is a QT issue)

I get it with trying to preview or render to file - doesn't matter what type of audio is being used.

maybe we should build a database of info pertaining to this issue. I'll start:

System: Windows XP SP 2
CPU: AMD 2200+ (i know, it's ancient)
Video: nvidia 5900
Ram: 1 gig
QT version: 7.0.4 (just bought pro today)
AE 6.0

problem: After Effects error: opening sound component
  02 February 2006
Yeah, QT 7 destroys any chance of rendering. I didnt like it anyway, so I installed qt6 and it works without problems now.

System: Windows XP Professional
CPU: AMD Athlon 1.5
Video: Radeon Sapphire 9200 Atlantis
Ram: 1 gig
QT version: 7 demo
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  02 February 2006
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