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I have recovered earlier in this chapter when you import footage into Premiere Elements, it's basically only creating a link to the original source files; it's not actually embedding it in the project itself. And as I mentioned also earlier, do not rename, move or delete footage or else Premiere Elements will not be able to find it. What I'm going to show you here is in those instances when you can't find the footage or when Premiere Elements can't find the missing footage. What to do? So I'm going to select File, Open Project, this will open the Chapter 3 folder.
Now I want you to select Missing. Now typically when I'm working in a project in this training series, I'll just let you know which project I'm working on so that way if you want to follow along you can pause the video and open up the project. But thing reason why we're opening this Missing project together, it's because I want you to see what happens when you open up a project that has some missing footage in it. So I'm going to click Open and the first thing that happens is this pop up says "Where the file adobe-pumpkin.jpg?" "I can't find it." It's going to look in the same folder in which it used to be and trying to find out where it is and it can't locate that.
So basically, this is the folder I had this file in originally and then I moved it and so Premiere is asking where is that file at? For now I'm just going to hit Cancel, and let me show you what happens when you hit Cancel. The project will open up and you'll get this media offline image here. And when a clip is offline that means that you are working with a representation of that clip. So as you can see here in the mini Timeline it says adobe-pumpkin.jpg. So we're still working on that file or at least something that represents that file. If you go over to the Project panel you'll see this icon which also represents offline footage.
We can also locate this footage by selecting it here in the Project panel and then going to the Edit menu at the top of the screen and select Locate Media. Form here you can navigate to the file that you're looking for. Now by the way you'll not have this folder and these files on your computers, this is a personal folder of mine. So what you need to do is navigate to where this object is and from there then bring it back in. Let's say, even though this is a JPEG, it is still image file, we could select a movie and replace this piece of footage, this still image, with a movie.
So what I'm going to do now is navigate to the Exercise Files on my Desktop. So I'm going to open up the Media folder from the Exercise Files folders. Open up Images and there is our trusty image, adobe-pumpkin.jpg. Click Select and it will automatically replace all instances both in the Project View, in the Sceneline and in the Monitor with this image and here I'm with this Adobe pumpkin that I card for Halloween. Yes I know it's pathetic and terrible. But anyways that is how to replace missing footage when it's gone offline.
In the next movie we're going to look at how to recover when you make mistakes as you're working on video projects in Premiere Elements.
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