I've recorded the audio and video from my computer (a video game) as one file, and I had the file in Premiere Elements 9, I edited it up and it was all ready to be rendered, when I moved the source file to a new folder. Remembering that moving files will prevent PE from working, I immediately moved the file back to where it was originally, but going back to my work, the video and audio are both blank! It doesn't even have the "media unavailable" thing, it's just blackness on the preview screen and silence! Both the video and audio look like they're still there in the timeline, all edited like they're supposed to be, but the preview screen is just black and no sound plays. I made sure everything was back to where it was to begin with, and I even got the file into PE again with the "Get Media" option, but it keeps giving me the wrong file! I clicked on both the file I want, and the wrong one it keeps giving me, and they both give me the wrong one. I opened the correct file OUTSIDE of PE, and it works fine! It's the right one and everything. I also tried going back to the auto-save files, but they were all way back before I did much editing. I also tried closing the program and opening again. I really don't want to take several hours to edit it again! Is there some way of getting them back?
I've been working with his program and with these files for months and I've never had this problem before. I hate so much losing all my hard work.
Have you used the program's Replace Footage to try to get back your file in the opened project? Right click the wrong file in the Project Media and select Replace Footage, followed by going to where you know the correct footage is. Have you tried that?
You may want to check out the following Adobe Tech Note on Troubleshooting Damaged Premiere Elements projects
I would have to think more fully about the situation that you are describing.
Looking forward to your follow up.
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I mean... what you suggested actually did not work completely... It replaced the clips with the correct file, but it was the full, unedited version. So I'd pretty much have to start from the beginning as far as editing was concerned. I was all ready to say, "Thanks, but it didn't really fix it"... until I clicked undo. Then, instead of going back to how it was a second ago (before I replaced the footage), all the correct, fully edited video and audio were just there again! For no apparent reason!
I think my computer is just messing with me. It's been known to do that. >_>
Even though I have no idea why or how it worked, doing what you said to do, then undoing it, fixed it! So, thanks so much!!
Thanks for the great news of success.
Just a quick just in case note, "Have you seen the Adobe Tech Note on Replace Footage?"
Although the reference has Premiere Elements 11 tones to it, the information I feel would be applicable to your version 9.0/9.0.1.
Good troubleshooting. Continued success.