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Relinking missing media

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Video: Relinking missing media

Whether you're using files provided for this tutorial or your own files, occasionally when you open up a Premiere Elements project, Premiere Elements won't be able to track down files associated with that project. That typically happens when you move files to a new folder, move the folder to a new location, or change the file names. In those cases Premiere Elements will display a message asking you if you want to link to some or all of those files. Let me show you how that works. Now you can open up an existing project either from within Premiere Elements or from the Welcome screen, and we haven't talked about projects yet, but projects basically are your video as you are making it with all your assets and the things that you are editing on the timeline or the sceneline.

Relinking missing media

Whether you're using files provided for this tutorial or your own files, occasionally when you open up a Premiere Elements project, Premiere Elements won't be able to track down files associated with that project. That typically happens when you move files to a new folder, move the folder to a new location, or change the file names. In those cases Premiere Elements will display a message asking you if you want to link to some or all of those files. Let me show you how that works. Now you can open up an existing project either from within Premiere Elements or from the Welcome screen, and we haven't talked about projects yet, but projects basically are your video as you are making it with all your assets and the things that you are editing on the timeline or the sceneline.

So I have already created a project for this particular example and I've purposely changed the names of the folders where the video files are stored to make sure it won't link properly. So I go to File, open a project, and there is the one that I want to open called link. Double click on that and the first thing it's going to say, "I can't find your clips, where are they?" So look to the first clip on your timeline that says where is agility1? So I know where it is, I need to tell it where it is. So I go to the folder where I placed it, where I changed the folder name with assets. I changed the agility to new agility just for this example.

That's why it couldn't find it, because I changed the folder name. So I go inside that folder, and there is agility1, so I want to say there is agility1, select it or I can double- click on it, and what it will do, it'll find all the rest of the agility files inside that folder, but now it's saying, where is zip-line1? It can't find that one, because I changed the folder name for that one too, but this time I'm going to skip all the rest of them so I can show you how you can link to media inside Premiere Elements. So I say Skip All down here at the bottom.

And that opens up Premiere Elements and inside the so-called Media View, you can see that these little swirly arrows that are basically saying, "Where is this video? I can't find it." And there is also a view called the Project View. It has the same thing there. It says, "Where are these assets? We can't find them." Well, I can tell them to find them by selecting this one and saying let's go to Edit, > Locate Media. So now we are going to try to track down that one clip. So I need to find the zip-line. Go back one notch to Assets. Here is where I changed zip-line folder to new zip-line. Double click that and select zip-line1.

That's the one we are looking for, and say Select. Now we will come back and there will be an icon or thumbnails saying, "Yup, we found it." But what about this other three guys? Well, we can simplify the process by selecting all three. So I'll click the first one and I will Shift+Click on the last one to select three things in a row. I will go back to Edit > Locate Media. Now I need to back to that folder again, the zip-line folder. I need to pick the first one that it asks for, number two. I say Select, and what it's going to do it it's going to find the other two as well, and we will link to them.

Now you can see that all three thumbnails are now illuminated, meaning that Premiere Elements is now linked properly to those files even though you changed the folder name where you stored it. So this is not an uncommon occurrence in Premiere Elements, but as you can see, it's easily solved.

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Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training

58 video lessons · 8198 viewers

Jeff Sengstack
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  1. 7m 31s
    1. Welcome
      1m 10s
    2. Understanding the workflow
      1m 19s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 44s
    4. Relinking missing media
      3m 18s
  2. 16m 52s
    1. What is Premiere Elements 9?
      6m 16s
    2. Touring the interface
      6m 28s
    3. Clarifying differences between the Mac and Windows versions
      4m 8s
  3. 44m 16s
    1. Creating a new project
      7m 18s
    2. Getting media
      2m 0s
    3. Capturing video from a cassette or a webcam
      7m 14s
    4. Downloading assets from external devices and storage media
      8m 53s
    5. Importing media from a hard drive
      3m 32s
    6. Managing media in the Project workspace
      7m 3s
    7. Using the Organizer
      8m 16s
  4. 30m 57s
    1. Using the Sceneline and the Timeline
      3m 45s
    2. Adding, rearranging, and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      6m 20s
    3. Adding and deleting clips in the Timeline
      9m 51s
    4. Adding and rearranging clips in the Timeline using modifier keys
      11m 1s
  5. 32m 8s
    1. Adjusting clip length in the Sceneline
      7m 56s
    2. Adjusting clip length in the Timeline
      8m 44s
    3. Adjusting clip length in the Preview window
      6m 4s
    4. Creating freeze frames and changing clip speed, duration, and direction
      9m 24s
  6. 25m 4s
    1. Understanding transitions
      4m 49s
    2. Applying transitions
      9m 37s
    3. Adjusting transitions
      10m 38s
  7. 41m 53s
    1. Understanding video effects
      9m 25s
    2. Applying and modifying video effects
      8m 46s
    3. Repositioning, scaling, and rotating clips with the Motion effect
      6m 50s
    4. Working with the Motion Tracker
      10m 1s
    5. Using the Effects Mask tool
      6m 51s
  8. 52m 31s
    1. Understanding animation
      7m 48s
    2. Animating video effects
      13m 52s
    3. Using the Motion effect with keyframes
      11m 43s
    4. Working with effects presets
      9m 55s
    5. Controlling changes between keyframes
      9m 13s
  9. 32m 44s
    1. Recording narrations
      3m 12s
    2. Making music soundtracks with SmartSound (Windows only)
      5m 38s
    3. Advanced audio editing with J-cuts and L-cuts
      6m 31s
    4. Applying audio effects
      11m 41s
    5. Mixing audio tracks manually and with the SmartMixer
      5m 42s
  10. 25m 38s
    1. Creating text and geometric shapes
      7m 1s
    2. Editing and formatting text and shapes
      5m 10s
    3. Using styles and templates with text and shapes
      6m 40s
    4. Animating titles
      6m 47s
  11. 25m 46s
    1. Understanding compositing
      5m 23s
    2. Creating picture-in-picture overlays
      8m 46s
    3. Making portions of clips transparent using Green Screen, Videomerge, and other techniques
      11m 37s
  12. 16m 54s
    1. Understanding Auto-Analyzer and Smart Tags
      4m 11s
    2. Using InstantMovie and themes
      6m 4s
    3. Trying out Smart Fix and Smart Trim
      6m 39s
  13. 13m 43s
    1. Understanding DVD authoring
      2m 12s
    2. Adding DVD markers to the Timeline
      4m 47s
    3. Creating DVD menus using templates
      6m 44s
  14. 20m 7s
    1. Understanding project exporting
      3m 15s
    2. Exporting to standard file types
      5m 54s
    3. Creating files for online and mobile phone use
      3m 39s
    4. Creating DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and web DVDs
      7m 19s
  15. 33s
    1. Goodbye
      33s

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