It is not uncommon to have problems opening project files from an earlier version into a newer one...some formats no longer supported, etc.
Be that as it may, if you want to move your Premiere Elements 7 project.prels from the old to the new computer, your best chances are by archiving each project with copies of its source media (File Menu/Project Archiver with its Archive Project or Copy option), transfer the folder that is saved from that process to a USB Flash Drive. Then use the USB Flash Drive to transfer the folder to the new computer.
Once the folder is in the new computer, open the folder to get at the project.prel file inside. Right click the project.prel, select Open with, and then Premiere Elements 11. The project, if it does open, traces back to the copies of the media in its saved folder.
This approach is indicated since the saved folder contains copies of the source media that went into the project as well as a copy of the project.prel file. So, no media disconnect issues to contend with in the new computer with Premiere Elements 11. That is the plan.
Please give it a try on a mini test run and let us know if it works for you. Remember transfer of files is one thing, but getting them to work in the new computer is another.
I believe you may have solved it..
My project was a combination of video/music/photos/narration/text
I did manage to get P 11 to see the video but
not the attachments, which were left behind
in the old version
Your suggestion should cure that
Thanks for the reply.
Hope that the Project Archiver proves to be the answer for the project files transfer issues and that the projects work in Premiere Elements in the new computer.
There is a marked change in workspaces going from Premiere Elements 7 to 11. If you have not thought about it before, it might be a good idea to establish how Premiere Elements 11 in the new computer is working with new projects before trying to open the Premiere Elements 7 projects there.
We are keeping a positive thought for your success. Please let us know the outcome when you get a chance.
Good News and Bad News
Per your instructions I was able to get most
of the project over to P-11..
I am running 8.1 on an I7 new cpu with plenty
of memory and hard drive.
Plus a 30" HD Screen and video adapter
The main problem is that the music files
will not upload...
I did install Smart Sound from Adobe
When starting up the project P-11
says File Import Failure for every
m4a file I have Does it not accept m4a file types
Additionally after viewing the project, the
video is terrible, the fonts have all changed
to a different type and the transitions do not work.
I did render the project with no apparent improvement
in the video.
Thanks for the update, especially the good news. But, let us see if we can transform the not so good news into good news.
If you say m4a, I am thinking iTunes music.
Nonetheless, let us do this. We are going to convert the .m4a to .wav in iTunes and then import the .wav file into the Premiere Elements project.
File Menu/Add File to Library
Edit Menu/Preferences/General and click on its "Import Settings" tab to bring up the "Import Settings" dialog.
In the "Import Settings" dialog, set the Import Using to WAV Encoder. Close out of there.
In the Music area, right click your import .....m4a, select Create WAV Version.
Then right click the .wav version created there and select Copy. Then paste the .wav version to the computer desktop.
Import the .wav version from the computer desktop into Premiere Elements project.
Hope that works for you. Looking forward to the results when you get the chance.