You should be able to import a Premiere Elements file. See this for documentation of this feature.
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Also, tell us what effects you're using in the Premiere Elements project, since it seems that the error is in the conversion of an effect.
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When the PREL comes from a version of PrE, that is rather contemporary with one's version of PrPro, it should Open fine. If not, try to Import it into a similar Project. Now, there ARE some caveats:
- PrE has some functions that do not exist in PrPro, such as Instant Movies/Themes, and those can cause issues.
- PrE has some 3rd party Effects and Transitions, that do not exist in PrPro, but PrPro should not crash, only alert you to those. However, a few have caused some major issues.
- There could well be other issues, that I am just not remembering.
As a test, create a simple Project in PrE, and Save. Open (or Import) that PREL into PrPro, and test.