Entire project ruined - failed to load Materials

UE4.27. What is this error? The circles and boxes represent Static meshes (50 - almost 99% of meshes) will not load/display. Even Epic’s default cube, some are invisible now.

  1. I imported a character mesh with 16 Material slots. Upon Import it added its Materials (blank white), when I thought I had it off. (I didnt need them because I had copies already in another folder.)

  2. I thought no big deal, I just didnt save the Materials because I was going to reimport a newer copy of the Character mesh later.

  3. So I only saved the Character mesh, which was in the level, with 1 of its Materials saved.

  4. I closed the Editor. Next day, I load the same map. And got 16 errors of Materials not found (only related to this mesh). But 99% of Meshes with saved Materials (unrelated), do not display anymore.

  5. I re-assigned generic Materials to all the missing slots of the Character mesh.

  6. I rebuilt lighting and Geo. (While rebuilding, it also gave a WorldInfo error - Maps need lighting rebuilt. And so it was building the lighting.) But after a full rebuild, it still did not display meshes.

  7. I changed the level to a version before I added this new Character mesh. But it still wont display my level.

  8. I loaded another Project, and it loads. Whats wrong?? :frowning: :frowning: :frowning:

First verify the engine files from the epic launcher:

After that reboot the problem project and post the entire generated log stored in your project folder /Saved/Log.


Thanks for that fast reply. I was scared.
I just found the error: user error = Do not set Preferences > Near Clip Plane to 0.

Context: In a prior thread I asked about help, meshes were getting clipped off, thus I couldnt zoom in enough. A mod said I could change the Near Clip Plane, but shouldnt.
(I didnt know why, and the change doesnt occur until restart. So I set to 0 to test. Forgot it was this. Thus I was surprised.)

Now I set it back to 10, and the normal display is back.
I’ll wait a little while if someone wants to give an explanation (to claim as the solution) about why Near Clip = 0 does this (or why 0 is allowed), and what is the lowest safetest number to use? Ty

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The information I can find is that the near and far clipping range ?defines? precision of depth calculations. Just don’t use 0 then :smile:

How do I avoid z fighting on my meshes when viewed from a distance?

Near Clip Plane doesn’t do anything

Camera near clipping plane


Thanks! Those links answer a question I havent asked yet, and also explains better what Near clip is intended for. (Just dont go 0 for most cases.)
Edit: also hopefully this info saves someone. I was scared. Glad that the community had fast trouble shooting ideas.