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This is a user to user help forum, not Adobe support... as far as I know, no Adobe employee posts here
Also as far as I know, there is no "relative path" setting in the program
If you want Adobe to change how the program works, request at https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/mmform/index.cfm?name=wishform
Also, one idea on how to manage your projects - Bill Hunt on project setup http://forums.adobe.com/thread/919388?tstart=0
Thanks for the info. I was looking to see if someone knew of a better method.
Unfortunately, archiving projects changes the file structure and the project file still points to the original absolute paths. (makes it a mess actually)
I am not sure what you mean by relative paths. Are you pointing to the fact that you cannot move the source media that went into a project after the project has been saved closed? If so, that has always been the case. To avoid hitting head on missing media messages in this type of scenario, you might want to explore the program's Project Archiver.
If I have misinterpreted your intent, then please excuse and disregard.
Not sure of your rationale behind
Exporting is a terrble function, especially if the raw data hasn't changed, only the project file.
Why would you want to do what sounds like destructive rather than non destructive video editing...originals saved to have drive, copies of media in project for use in editing with export. Again, if I have misinterpreted your intent, then please excuse and disregard.
I second John T. Smith comments in that it would appear that you need Adobe direct support for your "relative paths" matter. Scripting for its operations and wish list alterations for its existing scripts is something for Adobe.
The following link might prove an excellent entry into Adobe Premiere Elements Help and the opportunity to discuss the matter with Adobe Chat or its referrals.
Also, please refer the Adobe Feature Request/ Bug Form
(I think that John T. Smith has already posted that link for you)
I guess the example would be: I want to edit on my laptop but render on an desktop with Xeon processors. Using an external hard drive with the desktop, copied from the laptop using the script I have listed above.
I suppose I will have to just use the external hard drive. The problem being that I will still have issues as when even using an external hard drive it is possible for the drive letter to change.
Archive (Export I called above) changes the paths of the files and totally recopies everything. Very cumbersome.
Thanks for the info.
>using an external hard drive it is possible for the drive letter to change
I have never done it (search http://search.microsoft.com/search.aspx?mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US for help) but there is a way (Control Panel ??? search at Microsoft) to LOCK the letter of an external drive... do that on both computers, and you should be able to move a drive with no problem
But... Premiere Elements and Premiere Pro are really not designed for sharing (my opinion, from reading a LOT of messages) since for whatever reason, they seem to be designed for a single person working on a project, and files that never change locations
John T Smith wrote:
but there is a way ... to LOCK the letter of an external drive
- At the Windows run menu ([Win]+[R]) enter "diskmgmt.msc".
- Right-click the appropriate drive
- Select "Change drive letter and paths"
You can also get at it by right-clicking 'Computer' on the Start Menu and selecting 'Manage'.
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I do just what you are outlining, by starting many Projects on my laptop, to be finished on my workstation. I use FW-800 (eSATA or USB 3.0 would be even faster) externals, to accomplish this task.
The first thing that I do is to set the drive letter of each external to a unique designation in the OS of each computer. This article goes into more detail: http://forums.adobe.com/message/5500030#5500030
By setting the drive letter for each external, in the OS of every computer, where the Project will be used, the Path to the media files WILL be absolute, and no more "Where is file ____ ?"