Join Jeff Sengstack for an in-depth discussion in this video Relinking missing media, part of Premiere Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training.
Whether you are 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. Let me just show you how that works. If I open up File > Open Project, and I say let's open up this particular project, I'm going to get a little message here. Let me explain briefly what a project is. This is file that has links to your assets, such as your video and audio clips, and I'll talk about projects in another tutorial.
But when one of those links doesn't connect with a file, Premiere Elements displays this kind of a dialog box. Here it says, Where is the file static-water-rocks.avi? Well, this is happening because I purposely renamed the folder here for this particular exercise. I'm going to go track that thing down on the Desktop, where I put the assets. Go to the Exercise Files, go down to the assets here, and I change static-water-rocks, there we go, and let's find it. Here it is. Now, when I double-click on this, I could either select it and then click Select, or I can double-click on it, and what's going to happen is that Premiere Elements will find this file now, but it's also going to find every other file associated with the project in this folder.
Now it says Where is the file golf-tee.avi? Well, it didn't find golf because I changed the folder name for this one, to really mess it up. But I'm going to skip all the golf ones, just for now to show you what happens in that particular instance. I open up the project and you notice that there are the all foliage clips down here, but when I go to the golf clip, I get this thing that says offline. That's because I chose to not bring that one in. In that particular case now, to go get that one, all I have to do is double-click on the little thumbnail, and now it says, Where is the file golf-tee.avi? I know I put that on the Desktop, in the Exercise Files, and down here in the assets, in the wrongly named folder, but I'm going to change the name later, and then where is golf-tee? Here it is.
I double-click on this. It will find that single file. It won't find all the rest of them. It's kind of inconvenient if you go this way and expect them to get all open at once. But in general this is not an uncommon occurrence in Premiere Elements, but as you can see, it's easily solved.
- Getting video from a DV camera, USB camera, or hard drive
- Adjusting timing for smooth transitions between clips
- Adding text and shapes to clips with titling tools
- Mixing audio tracks by hand for a custom sound
- Building DVD menus with scene markers
- Creating a good story for the final output
Skill Level Beginner
Q: Is it possible to get still shots from video clips in Adobe Premiere Elements 8?
A: Yes, this is possible with the Freeze Frame tool, which is explained in Chapter 5, in the "Splitting clips and changing clip speed, duration and direction" movie around the 7:45 mark.
Q: When attempting to start Premiere Elements 8, I get an error message reading "Adobe has detected that the application Elements Organizer has unexpectedly quit." What is causing this, and how can it be fixed?
A: Crashes on start-up are a problem that have come up with a number of users. There is an update to Premiere Elements 8 that addresses that.
There are two approaches, open Premiere Elements by clicking New Project and then go to Help > Updates. If that doesn't work, or if Premiere crashes again, follow the steps outlined on this Adobe support page: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/530/cpsid_53099.html