ATR no longer frequents this forum. However, you may be able to contact her through her blog, which she linked to a number of her responses on this forum.
That said, it sounds like you used the Project Archiver to move your project and its media to a new drive, and now you are trying to launch this project from that drive. Is that right?
1) Note that there are two settings for the Project Archiver. One archives all of the media you've added to your project, including video and audio that is in your Project Assets but not added to your timeline. The other setting only archives media that is on your timeline, trimming longer clips so that only the media actually used on your timeline. Which setting did you select?
2) If all of the media in your project was on your hard drive, the Project Archiver should move all of the files to the new location, in an archive folder. However, it is possible that, if a number of your media clips have the same name, the program may overwrite some with the other or otherwise confuse them. Is that what you're saying it happening?
Archiving is a grand feature but..........
as soon you move or use files that have the same name it is going to be a mess.
You have to be very particular is how you store all your footage on your machine.
Giving unique names helps.
You will have to link the missing files manually.
Thanks Steve. I didn't use the project archiver to move the files, what I was trying to do was save a copy with all the relevant files in one place so that A) it would work properly next time I opened it (which it didn't) and B) to try and save space. What I mean by this is, as I said, the files show up as one big AVCHD file on my computer and when I add media, I am adding that whole big file. This means that invariably, there is a lot of media in my project that I am not using. Additionally, I have created several versions of this project in different languages, which is another reason I was trying to save space, because if each has a lot of media in it that is not being used, this equals a lot of wasted space.
With that in mind, I only saved media that is in my timeline. You think this is a mistake? I could also try renaming those AVCHD files, which will be a hassle the first time I try to use them but might simplify things moving forward. What do you think?
Thanks Ann - I was able to link them manually. I am hoping to avoid this problem moving forward.
I may have just found something that may be useful: When trying to rename those AVCHD files, something weird happens. It won't let me rename them straight out. If I give it a new name, it creates a folder with the name I'm trying to use. In that folder is one big BDMV file. When I try to rename that, it creates another folder with that name and in this folder are a few folders, one of which is named Stream, which has all the files (clips I shot) as individual pieces. This should allow me to only add the ones I need as media in PE and in turn saving everything in project assets shouldn't be as big a deal. You think this might help as well (saving all in project assets as opposed to only saving what's on the timeline)?