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So I'm going to start Premiere Elements right now and work on a file that I edited earlier, but what if I go into my exercise files and you know what, I decide that I wanted to move a piece of footage such as this one into a different folder. Call this oh no. Drag it in there. So that's not part of the same hierarchy as it was before. Now let's launch Premiere Elements. So Premiere Elements is launched. I am going to go up here and choose File > Open Project.
I'm going to my Chapter 02 folder and choose Missing and press Choose and it's loading my project. Now I've got this nasty thing that says, Where is the File broll verge_bcam_01.mp4? Well, I know that's in here, Premiere doesn't, so this is what is known as missing media. Anytime you move, or change the name of, or delete a file from a project after the last save, Elements is going to put up a pop-up like this that says, Where is the footage? and I can either skip for now, I can offline it, or I can go in here and reconnect the footage. So I'll double-click.
It's looking for this footage, and I'm going to press Open. And this Install Full Content comes up. Just keep clicking No our install it, and now Elements found it and we're good to go. I'm ready to edit. Everything is looking good. But I could have also skipped that process, and let me show you what happens then. Let's restart Elements. So you might have notice that I didn't save the project before I quit Elements, so we're probably going to have that problem again.
So I'm going to Open Project, choose Missing. Oh, it's looking for this footage. Yeah I know it's there, but I'm going to pretend that it's just not in this folder anywhere. I don't know where it is. So I'm going to choose Skip. And now if I go to the end of my movie, I've got this really strange, some type of Asian writing and Spanish, and where's my media? But that's okay because I am going to go up here in my footage area and Elements will show you thumbnails.
And this thumbnail is a red and a green arrow going in opposite directions, the yin in the yang showing me that I've got one clip being used but it's offline. So what I can do is right- click and choose Replace Footage. Now I can go into my oh no folder, find that piece of footage, click Open. It reconnects it, and it's reconnected in the Timeline so everything's just lovely. But anytime that you move, change, or rename footage, you're going to have to deal with this, so I highly recommend always keeping your folder with your footage intact. Don't change names and don't move footage.
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