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Chapter 4. Managing Clips > Unlinking and Relinking Media

Unlinking and Relinking Media

By now, you should appreciate the relationship between clips and media. You should know, for example, that a clip you log remains offline until you batch-capture the actual media to which it refers. Moreover, you should understand that deleting a clip doesn't remove the media from the hard disk, and conversely, that deleting media results in clips with missing references. To truly manage your assets, however, you need control over the connection, or link, between clip and media.

Premiere Pro allows you to unlink a clip from its corresponding media file and relink the two again. Suppose you've been editing with low-quality proxy versions of your media (what some would call offline quality). You can unlink the clips from the proxies and then link them to the high-quality versions (online quality, if you like). Alternatively, you can unlink media and remove it from the hard disk. This allows you to free up storage space and still retain the clip information in the form of an offline clip—ensuring that you can recapture the media if you decide you need it later.

To unlink clips from media

1.
In the Project window, select one or more clips (Figure 4.65).

Figure 4.65. Select one or more clips.


2.
Choose Project > Unlink Media (Figure 4.66).

Figure 4.66. Choose Project > Unlink Media.


The Unlink Media dialog box appears.

3.
In the Unlink Media dialog box, select one of the following (Figure 4.67):

  • Media Files Remain on Disk: Breaks the clip's reference to the media file without deleting the file.

  • Media Files Are Deleted: Breaks the clip's reference to the media file and deletes the file.

Figure 4.67. In the Unlink Media dialog box, select the appropriate option.


The selected clips' icons change to indicate that they are offline, unrelated to media on the hard drive (Figure 4.68).

Figure 4.68. The selected clips become offline, and the corresponding media files are either retained or deleted, depending on your choice.


To link clips with media

1.
In the Project window, select one or more offline clips.

2.
Choose Project > Link Media (Figure 4.69).

Figure 4.69. Select offline clips and choose Project > Link Media.


The Attach Which Media to clipname dialog box appears.

3.
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 (Figure 4.70).

Figure 4.70. Locate the correct media file and click Select to link the clip to the file.


If you selected more than one clip, Premiere Pro 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 Project window, the selected clip's icon indicates that it's linked to media.

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