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You're probably watching this movie for one of two reasons, either you completely skipped how to use these exercise file movie earlier on and all your files are offline, or you're actually progressively watching all of the movies and you're at the right place learning the right thing at the right time. So what we're going to cover is what happens if you open up an Adobe Premiere Pro Project file, and you have media that's offline. Now I'm going to open up this Project file from the welcome to Adobe Premiere dialog box because I've opened it up recently, but of course, you can open this up by going into chapter two of the exercise files, or under Open Project.
If you're working with your own media, you already know that you have files off-line, and you can just follow along as I reconnect media back to our Project file. Now if you have media that's offline, instead of being greeted by your Adobe Premiere project file--or by one of the wonderful dialog boxes that you're expecting--you see this box which is saying, where is the file Avocados? Now yours may not say avocados, but it sure will say, where is the file something? And you need to tell Premiere Pro where it is, and it will reconnect everything.
Instead of connecting everything, I'm going to go ahead and hit Cancel and show you what a project looks like with media offline, and then we'll step back into this dialog box and show you how you can easily reconnect media that you've either moved or that Premiere has lost the location of. Now by clicking Cancel, it will launch the Project file, and you can see that I have all of these red warning boxes-- media is offline here--and if I look down here to my project panel, you'll see all these question marks showing that the media is offline, and if you were in the icon view, again, you would not see the images that you were expecting.
So how do you reconnect it? It's as simple as right-clicking on any media that's offline, and underneath the dropdown window you simply want to click on Link media. And I see the same dialog box that we saw earlier. Since the last place I looked was my Media folder, Adobe Premiere Pro went right here. But in your case, it may open up to another part of your computer. For instance, it might open up to my home folder, in which case I have to tell Premiere Pro where the media is located. Now I know in this case it's located on my desktop, inside the exercise files in the Media folder.
So whenever you launch a project with these exercise files and media is offline, you know to look inside the Media folder that came with the download or the DVD. Now we need to tell Adobe Premiere Pro where the avocados are, and specifically it either asks me link media to avocados. Now if you're using your own media, it might not say avocados, but you get the point. So I can go down, and I can find avocados and select it, but if you have thousands of clips in this folder, finding the avocados might be kind of difficult. That's where Display Only Exact Name Matches comes into play.
When I click that, you'll notice everything gets grayed out except for something with the exact name that Premiere Pro is looking for, and I can simply select avocados and say Open. But before I click Open, I want to explain these four boxes, Skip, Skip All, Offline, and Offline All. If I know for instance that a piece of media is not available, and I don't want it to keep looking for it in this session, I simply would say Skip, and it would go down the list to the next piece of media that's offline.
If I say Skip All, it will assume everything is offline and allow me to open up my Project file, and it will look exactly like you saw when we launched it before with everything in red. The two other options, Offline and Offline All, allows me to tell Premiere Pro not only to skip looking for it this time, but it's okay that it's offline and don't remind me about it again. So if I click just Offline, it will never ask me to find the avocados shot again every time I launch the application.
If I click Offline All, it will never bug me about any of the media that might be offline, and I can still reconnect it later, but at least I don't get distracted every time I launch the project. But what we want to do is connect media, so I'm simply going to click on Open, and you might ask yourself, well, what about all that other media that's off-line? Premiere Pro is pretty clever, and it will find any other offline media that resides in this folder.
So as soon as I click Open, you're going to see it search through that whole folder and connect all the other clips that are offline, and in your case, if you're working with the exercise files, everything should come back online. If you're using your own files and media has been located in a lot of different places, it may ask you to go through and find different groups of media, a group at a time. So that fixes just one piece of footage, but what you want to do is you want to connect everything.
Now, if I really want it to reconnect everything, there is a couple of different workflows. If I had accepted the dialog box when I first launched the project when it said media was offline, and if I'd selected the avocados it would have connected everything that was offline, but since I hit Cancel and opened up the project and said I'll deal with it later, if I want to connect everything, I need to go back to the Project pane and Select All, and once everything is selected then when I right-click I can select Link Media, it takes me back to the last location that I looked at, it's going to ask me for the bulb--once again, Display Only Exact Name--I choose bulb, click on Open, and what you see is it connects everything that it found in that folder.
So in a nutshell, reconnecting media is pretty easy by right-clicking on any media that's offline in a project, or when you first launch a project, if Adobe Premiere Pro discovers media offline, pointing to its location and simply saying Open.
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