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...even when the media hasn't moved.
Are your media files located on an internal or an external drive?
Are you using any preference or utility that 'spins down'
or 'times out' a drive after a certain period of inactivity?
Your version of Premiere?
It's even more difficult in Premiere because you can't search for offline media. Instead, I've had to go through a 30 minute show to find the couple tiny clips that are offline.
Instead... select everything in your Project Panel (Ctrl/Cmd+A),
right-click, and select "Link Media".
Premiere is smart enough to figure out that you only want
to link the offline media, and will prompt you as many times
as it takes to locate the offline clips.
Media is located on an external drive/raid, and it never times out or turns off. I have Premiere CS6 running on a Mac OS X 10.8.2.
Thank you, that's helpful concerning linking media in the project panel.
Is there any possibility that a different drive letter might be
getting assigned to the external media drive depending on what
other devices might be connected to your system at the time?
Premiere will always look to the absolute path for media files
(including the drive letter).
you can't search for offline media.
You don't need to. If any clips in a sequence being exported are offline, PP will warn you.