What version of Premiere Elements are you using and on what computer operating system is it running?
Are you getting "Where is the file....?" mesages when you try to go to re-open saved/closed projects? If so, you use those messages to reconnect the the source media to the project "one by one" responding to each of the messages with a named missing file. If you get lucky, the process may reconnect more than one by one spontaneously. No guarantees. Just hopeful expectations.
Alternatively, you could use the Replace Footage way for the media to project reconnect. The project does not know where the media are. You need to tell it where they are based on knowing where they actually are and exist.
Please update us on your progress.
I am using elements 12. I did get the "Where is the file....?" messages, and was able to re-link that way. I was fortunate as it did seem to re-link some similar files spontaneously. Unfortunately, I had some files with the same file names, but only had to replace two clips in the end.
Thanks for your prompt response.
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Great news that your project and source media reconnects went well. This type of issue be very challenging. Great job.
Moving forward and as the need arises to avoid project and source media disconnects, you might explore the use of the Premiere Elements Project Archiver and its Archive and Copy options.
What you import into Premiere Elements are only copies of the originals on the computer hard drive, and these copies in Project Assets must trace back to the originals at the hard drive save location where the originals were at the time of import.
Thanks for the follow up.
At your suggestion I am archiving a recent project. Over the months I have had to re-link multiple times - very stressful. I can't put my finger on the reason this happens as I am vigilant about naming/organizing/sourcing.
Does archiving mean that in the future I can re-establish links by using the archived folder somehow?
Thank you. ...Susan V