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In this video we're going to explore relinking media, and you might need to do this for a couple of reasons. One, if your media has gone offline and you need to reconnect it, and that would happen if a drive isn't plugged in or perhaps you've moved from media from one location on your hard drive to another location and Premiere Pro doesn't know where it is. Another reason you may want to relink media... Is if you're using lower quality or lower resolution media, and you want to reconnect it to the original high quality or high resolution media.
Let's take a quick overview of this dialog window. First of all, it lists all the clips that are missing from your project. If we look in the lower left hand corner, I can choose which properties I want Premiere Pro to use when I'm trying to find the media. In this case, I'm going to be using all the defaults, so we're going to look for the file name as well as the file extension. Now a file extension is something such as .mov, or .mp4, or .wav as you can see in this window. They're just different types of files.
And the reason you may want to uncheck this is perhaps you've recompressed your media and it went from an mov file to an mp4 file, and you want to make sure that Premier says that's okay. Now if we move over to the right, there's a couple of other things that you should leave checked. Relink others automatically is probably the most important. By leaving this checked, when Premiere finds one missing file in a certain location, it will automatically relink any other files that are missing in that same location.
If the original media has time code by choosing a line time code, it can use time code to make sure that if the media has been managed, or cut down, that you choose the right part of the clip to reconnect. And finally use media browser to locate files, allows you to hover scrub and view files as you locate them. Now let's just quickly go through the bottom four buttons. If I click either offline or offline all, I'm telling premiere pro that I know this media is offline and don't bother me again.
Offline would be for a single clip, and offline all would be for all my media. Locate would step us into finding it, but for right now, I'm going to hit cancel which allows me to open up the project. But the media will still continue to be offline, and the reason we're going to do that is because I want to show you how to reconnect an individual clip from inside your project. Before we reconnect all of the clips to our entire project, so if you're a premium subscriber following along with the exercise media go ahead and press Cancel.
And if you're using your own media and media's offline, you can also press Cancel. Now as you see when we step into the project, I have a big red box in the upper right-hand corner that tells me when my media is offline. As a matter of fact, if I scroll through my timeline, I can see that all of the media throughout the project is offline. Now if we step over to the left side of our screen. Click on the disclosure triangle next to the, any of these folders I see icons with question marks. That's a visual indication that this media is offline.
To reconnect a single clip I can simply right click on it. And in the drop down window I have the option to link the media. As you see when I choose that selection, I'm greeted with the same dialogue box that we saw earlier on in the video. Now let's use the Locate button to find the missing shot labeled pizza underscore o one underscore close up underscore aba. I'll press Locate, and the dialogue box changes. It tells me the last path where the video was known to be and now I can start searching through and finding the right path to find this video.
Now one thing I love about Premiere Pro is the ability to search through folders within folders within folders. So, for instance if I clicked on users it would search through all of the user folders on my hard drive to find this media. As a matter of fact if I wanted to I could search the entire hard drive. Now, if you have a hard drive that's unusually large that's multiple terabytes or tens of terabytes big it's going to take a long time to search through all of that media to find a single clip. So, if you have an idea where the media is located, it's best to refine that location.
So I'll select the exercises folder, and I'll click on search. Premiere Pro finds the media, and because I'm using the media browser to search for it I can even hover scrub through it to verify that it's the right shot. Once I've done that all I need to do is press OK, and the media is now back online. As you can see I can double-click and load that clip in the viewer. Now, I can do the same thing for an entire folder of clips, or multiple folders of clips.
So for instance, if I wanted to connect all the media, in camera one, through camera four, I can simply select them all, right click, and once again go link media. Now instead of seeing one clip, we see all the clips that reside in those four folders. I can once again press Locate, we'll search again in our exercise folder. The first clip is found and I'll press OK. Now what's different than last time, is that I actually found all the clips in all the folders, and connected that medium.
Now if you notice, there's still some medium offline because we only chose some of the folders. I want to point out one last great way that we can reconnect media. If instead of connecting all the media in all of your folders you just want to connect the missing media in your working timeline, you can right click on the timeline and choose to just connect the media in that timeline. Link media, same steps as before, locate Pick our location. We'll choose to search our desktop, click search.
We found the first piece of missing media and now we'll press OK. As you can see, all the media in my timeline is now connected. Now, I'm going to return from where we started at the very beginning which is, what if all of your media is offline? To do this, I'm going to go ahead and close my project, but not save it. Now let's reopen 03-09. And we'll once again be greeted by the fact that all of our media is offline.
Now instead of pressing Cancel, I'm going to locate all of my media, choose the location where I want to search. We'll choose the entire desktop, and press Search. As you see it foiund the first clip. And this time instead of pressing OK, I'm simply going to double click directly on the icon and it will reattach all of the missing media back into my project file. As you can see, if I press the Backslash key, and look at my entire timeline, all of my media is now online.
Using the link media command, it's easy to reconnect media that's gone offline.
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