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Chapter 4. Managing Clips > Locating Files for Offline Items

Locating Files for Offline Items

By now, you should appreciate the relationship between the clips listed in the Media window and source files on the hard disk. You know, for example, that deleting a clip doesn’t remove the source file from the hard disk and, conversely, that deleting a source file results in clips with missing references.

Fortunately, Premiere Elements lets you restore the link between an offline clip and its source file at any time.

To locate missing media:

1.
In the Media window, select one or more offline clips (Figure 4.59).

Figure 4.59. In the Media window, select one or more offline clips...


2.
Choose Project > Locate Media (Figure 4.60).

Figure 4.60. ...and choose Project > Locate Media.


An Attach Which Media to clipname dialog box appears.

3.
Find and select the media file you want to attach to the clip, and click Select (Figure 4.61).

Figure 4.61. In the Attach Which Media to clipname dialog box, find and select the media file you want to attach to the clip and click Select.


If you selected more than one clip, Premiere Elements automatically relinks the other clips to matching media files in the same location.

4.
Repeat step 3 for clips with media in other locations on the hard disk.

When you’re finished relinking clips and media, the dialog box closes. In the Media window, the selected clip’s icon indicates that it’s linked to media. Make sure you resave the project in order to reestablish the locations of source files and avoid warnings about missing media the next time you open the project.

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