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It could be a damaged project. If there are incompatable elements, pre will say so and substitute some kind of placeholder.
I also would be careful about opening older version project with newer versions of the program.
Technically, it's supposed to be possible -- but each generation of this program is enough of a major rebuild of the one before than any time I've done it I've run into all kinds of bugginess.
I highly recommend you don't do it and that you finish your project in its current version before beginning a new project in the new.
I just installed Premiere 7 and was trying to figure out how to transfer my projects from Premiere 4 to Premiere 7. I couldn't figure out how to do it, so I checked this forum. Now, it sounds like it is not even a good idea to attempt this? That is a disappointment. I was hoping to uninstall version 4, but it looks like I will need to keep it on my computer if I want to access those older projects in the future. Is this correct?
Steve, I did purchase the muvipix.com Guide to Premiere Elements 7. I am looking forward to it helping me out as I had so much trouble with version 4. I am starting to get some intuition with these programs, which I lacked when I first installed version 4.
Thanks for supporting the book, Mary! I hope you'll find it very helpful.
I'm afraid it won't give you much help, in terms of opening version 4 products with version 7 since, for the most part, I don't recommend doing it. As I said, it can cause some very unpredictable behavior.
On the other hand, if your version 4 products are pretty well edited, you can use File/Export/Movie to export them as AVIs, and then you can import those AVIs into a new version 7 project. You won't be able to do any more editing to those output files without going back to version 4 but at least you'll be able to do your final mix-down in version 7!
Thanks Steve. I am only after transferring completed projects from 4 to 7. I would have no need to edit them. Am I correct from your comments, that I can do this and won't risk "unpredictable behavior?" If you remember from my earlier posts with Premiere 4, I am VERY new to video editing with lots to learn. I am starting at the very beginning. I would not want to do anything that will cause further trouble. However, if I can import these project and leave them as is, and not have problems, I would like to do that. They are completed vacation slide shows that I would like to preserve. Thanks.
I am looking forward to starting your book. I just loaded the Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 7 on my computer yesterday. Now I can get going and hopefully learn lots.
Yes, using File/Export/Movie from your version 4 project will export the video that is on your timeline so that you can import it into a version 7 project.
many thanks for the assistance - Al