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Text layer in VSE causing crash on .blend file startup
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System Information
Windows 7, GeForce GTX 760

Blender Version
Broken: 2.77 22a2853

Short description of error
When I load this file, it crashes on startup in 2.77. It also:

  • crashes with Load UI unchecked
  • crashes with Trusted Source unchecked
  • crashes after resetting to factory settings
  • crashes on appending the scene to a new .blend file
  • crashes using older and newer versions of blender (2.74 and a steam version of .78a)
  • crashes with all combinations of the above.

I've successfully loaded the .blend1 version of the file and rendered out what I had. However, the blender crashes as soon as you move over the Text effect strip in the VSE. It also appears in the file as {null}

Exact steps for others to reproduce the error
Open the file. Sorry if that isn't very detailed; it's as far as I can get.

Thanks for taking the time to look at this, thanks for all your hard work and sorry if I've missed anything or made any mistakes.

Event Timeline

Crash confirmed on Linux x64, it's falling over in intern/readfile.c - direct_link_scene() where it tries to set seq->strip->proxy->anim to NULL but proxy itself is NULL so it segfaults. Perhaps this file expects proxy data (do you have proxy data on disk OP, or is this someone else's file?) and this function cannot cope if it is not found?

Just for yuks I tried adding a check for proxy == NULL and cleared the SEQ_USE_PROXY bit of seq->flag if true, and it loads fine (though there is still something amiss as it crashes in an infinite loop in my strip-relative frame offset calculation routine, as per T49658).

Presumably this file is from some older version of Blender, and the conversion routines cannot cope with a combination of set SEQ_USE_PROXY bit and missing proxy data?

I saved the resulting file and it now opens with unmodified 2.78:

Wow, thanks so much Olly. I might just be able to recover the stuff I couldn't from the backup.

It's my file. I don't know if it's using proxy data; I'm not sure what that is. I'm assuming you mean a proxy file instead of the original file, but it's meant to be a text effect strip so there's no data on the disk. How do I find out?

Also let me know if there's anything else you need.

TBH I didn't see anything specific to text strips in the debugger - it fails trying to load proxies on the following sequences:

power rangers 3..001

and many more but I'm bored of typing them here :o)

Nothing specific to text strips, perhaps it was just coincidence and the file got corrupted at the same time as you added the text strip?

Aaron Carlisle (Blendify) lowered the priority of this task from 90 to 50.Nov 26 2016, 4:30 PM