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Because of the way video applications like Premiere Pro handle video files, basically maintaining only a link to them, you'll often find that you lose connection with those source files. Sometimes, as we'll talk about in this movie, you want that and most of the time you don't. Actually, when you opened up this project, if you are following around here, you've probably got this warning dialog box saying, "hey, where is this file? I can't find it." I did that intentionally to show you how to reconnect media, which you might have to do as you are working to these Exercise Files.
So, I am going to right- click on this offline clip. That's what this icon means. It means that this file is offline and it's not connected to its media. So, I am going to right-click here and I am going to choose Link Media. Replace Footage will also work, but I am going to choose Link Media. Go to the Media folder in the Exercise Files folder, go to Video, and let's choose the footage that it's asking us for here, the B-roll_ocean_02, and go ahead and click Open. Now, as you can see everything's linked up. We can drag this into our project or into our sequence and use it, etcetera.
Now, there might be times when I want my footage to be offline. One is if I am just doing a rough cut. Maybe I am on a laptop, maybe I am on set, and I am just trying to assemble things very quickly. Well, I can actually use the notes maybe from the script supervisor, put things together, and I might not want that the footage slowing me down while I am trying to do that. So, I can right-click on a clip and choose Make Offline. And it ask us here whether they want to delete the media files. So, in other words it would delete the source footage here, or would themedia files remain on disk.
Most of the time I want Media Files Remain on Disc. I am very hesitant to have Premiere go in and start deleting media files for me. So, I am going to ahead and click OK. Now, we have the famous media offline footage here, letting us know that this is offline. But we can still edit this. I can still trim it. I can still add color correction. I am going to hit the Backslash key to maximize that. I could still play with this as needed. And then once I reconnect using Link media, going back to the same footage again, B-roll_ocean_02, open, you notice that the footage restored but the edit that we made remained intact.
So, again sometimes if you want to edit very quickly, just do an assembly cut, just kind of line things up in order, then making things offline, especially again if you are working on a laptop or onset, this is the way to go.
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