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Karen Yarosky
SUBCLIPS relinking to the wrong footage. But all metadata / file paths are correct! OMG ...
on Aug 29, 2018 at 6:50:18 pm

I am trying to use my BACK UP hard drive and a COPY of my original project which is a large documentary with a lot of footage and 1,000's of subclips. I can link the original footage when I open this project but none of my subclips are locating their "mother" clip and relinking. If I do manage to relink some of them, many are relinking to the WRONG footage (even when I point them to the correct bin in project manager where the mother clip is). I have shot 45 cards for this project and each card was downloaded into it's own unique bin with a unique TAPE NAME. My camera's time code and clip numbers returned to 001 each time a new card was put into the camera .. so within the project there are subclips that when traced back will have identical File names (001, 002 etc ..) although these subclips still have different Tape Names / In & Out timecodes etc. BUT .. when I look at the metadata of my subclips (offline), they all have a COMPLETE FILE PATH that points exactly to the correct file that they were originally created from. Please take a look:

I have tried "locating" these subclips by changing the "match file properties" (including "tape name" in the search, removing "file name" from the search etc etc) and this seems to scramble things even more (even when I point it to the exact bin on my ext hard drive where the "mother clip" resides it is suddenly searching strange volumes on the hard drive of my computer and not even looking at the ext hard drive bin I have sent it to ....). It would make sense to me if the file path for my subclips are intact that Premiere Pro should have no problem relinking my subclips to their "mother" file. I also find it strange that I need to link it by pointing to ANYTHING on my ext hard drives since theoretically that is not where a subclip would reside (since do they not actually only exist in the project file and not with the raw data ???). Very confused. Am I missing something very obvious or am I completely out of luck here?


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Stan Warnow
Re: SUBCLIPS relinking to the wrong footage. But all metadata / file paths are correct! OMG ...
on Aug 10, 2019 at 7:07:30 pm

Hi Karen--I see no one ever replied to your query, but now I am because I'm having the exact same problem. I had in some ways a similar situation where as a new user I wasn't paying too much attention when the missing media box came up, and just canceled. Eventually my project got corrupted because Premiere relinked to wrong files, I had the same situation with camera cards starting over again from 0000 with 4 cards spread among two cameras. I now know I should have given those files unique names but didn't.

I finally figured out that I should go back and give all files unique names and relink, which I did. At first I thought all was good, but when I went back to a sequence with a lot of multicam about 80% was offline. I got some to come back, but basically have been unable to link subclips back to the parent media.

And in one case (at least so far) a subclip has relinked to a completely wrong parent file, even though (as in your case), all file paths are correct.

Did you ever find a solution, or did you have to start over or ?? Are you still on Premiere? I'm and editor with many decades of experience and got Premiere because of the affordable license to have good multicam ability (and it is good as long as media is well organized) but I'm finding so much about it frustrating compared to Avid and Lightworks!

Thanks...


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Karen Yarosky
Re: SUBCLIPS relinking to the wrong footage. But all metadata / file paths are correct! OMG ...
on Aug 13, 2019 at 1:36:05 pm

Good morning Stan .. I know your pain. YES I did figure this out for my case .. it wasn't fun but it did work. I ended up making a complete COPY of my whole project and then relinked my clips with a few manual tips to help PP find them. I don't know if this will work for you - but it might if your subclips are all in bins with independent names on the bins. I am not sure about multicam and renaming subclips / clips AFTER the fact .. but I made myself an elaborate PDF explanation manual that I am happy to send to you if you give me your email. It references my project (I actually made it for myself in case it happens again) but it has the basic steps I took incl screen grabs of PP and where to find stuff. Let me know if you want more info!


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Stan Warnow
Re: SUBCLIPS relinking to the wrong footage. But all metadata / file paths are correct! OMG ...
on Aug 14, 2019 at 7:15:46 pm

Hi Karen, thanks for your reply.

I did solve my problem, though in a conservative way--I went back and changed the file names back to the originals, and then went back to a previous back up that still had nearly all my work. After I restored the project which worked out just fine, I organized my source bins so they wouldn't have any identically named files and have made sure to keep them that way. And when Premiere shows me that it's having trouble locating files I don't ignore the message, though I've just been rebooting (and deleting unused media cache files) and so far it's all been working, though I'm still finding Premiere to be a very finicky, unreliable, and illogically coded programs (for instance, why aren't audio presets saved in the audio tab workspace and instead are under the effects tab?).

But I would like your guide to how you fixed your problem, just in case.

Waterfallfilms@gmail.com.

Thanks for your help....
All best,
Stan


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