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In Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training, author Jeff Sengstack breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, covering topics from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. The course also covers the basics of editing and advanced features like picture-in-picture overlays and audio and visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
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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