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Chapter 4. Managing Clips > Renaming Clips

Renaming Clips

After you import a file as a clip, you shouldn’t rename the file on your hard disk. Doing so will ruin your project’s reference to the file, and Premiere Elements won’t be able to locate the file the next time you open the project (see the section, “Locating Missing and Offline Files” in Chapter 2, “Starting a Project”). Nevertheless, you may still need to identify a clip by another name. Fortunately, you can rename a clip in a project for the purposes of editing. Renaming the clip doesn’t affect the source file’s name or interfere with your project’s references.

To rename a clip:

1.
Select a clip.

2.
Do either of the following:

  • Click the clip’s name, and then click it again (don’t double-click).

  • In the Media window’s More pull-down menu, choose Rename (Figure 4.50).

    Figure 4.50. Choose Rename in the Media window’s More pull-down menu.


The clip’s name becomes highlighted.

3.
Enter a new name (Figure 4.51).

Figure 4.51. Enter a new name for the clip.


4.
Press Enter, or click away from the clip.

The clip takes another name in the project. The source file on the drive isn’t renamed, however.

✓ Tip

  • If you want to know the original name of a renamed clip, you can right-click the clip and choose Properties from the menu. In the Properties window, look at the File Path to discover the source media file’s name, which is the default name of the clip.


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