If you have your project file and your media files on your external drive, you should be able to. The USB connection won't be as fast as if it were on an internal drive, but you can do it.
The challenge is that sometimes Windows gets confused and assigns the external drive one letter on one computer and another on another computer -- which then confuses Premiere Elements when you try to open the project file.
But if you keep all of your media in one folder on your external, you may be prompted to relink your media files when you open your project, but you'll only need to relink one and the program will see the rest and relink them all automatically.
Steve Thank you for the answer!! Yes my laptop assigns the external drive as G and my desktop assigns it as F. Do I need to make any changes under the Edit column and preferences?
I thought your name sounded familiar. I've watched many of your videos on YouTube. Good job and I enjoy watching them!!
Thanks, Mitch! Glad you enjoyed my tutorials!
I'm not sure if mapping your drive would make every computer see the drive and its directory the same way -- but I suppose it's worth a try.
Plug your external drive in via USB. Click the Start menu and so for the Computer Management computer app. On the window that opens, click Disk Management (under Storage).
Right-click on your drive's listing and select Change Drive Letter and Paths. Name your drive (but make sure it's a drive letter than is available on both computers you'll be connecting to).
That should be it.I'm not computer expert enough to know if this will work on every computer you plug into. But, as I've said, worst case, if all of your media is in the same directory folder on this drive, you'll only need to reconnect one media file -- the program will see an automatically relink the rest.
As an alternative to Steve's method, I've done it another way.
I make sure EVERYTHING is in one folder for my project. I put the project there. I put the still, video and music assets there. I check in preferences that all the Scratch Disks are in the "Same as Project". (All but "Media Cache" will remember from project to project.)
First, I set up a basic structure on the C: drive that looks like this:
I put copies (not cherished and protected originals) of the files I intend to use in the Asset folders. Explorer or Finder work, but my favorite is using Lightroom because I can use so many rating, grading and collecting tools for both photo and video files. A somewhat hidden tool in Lightroom that makes this work this is the "Export as Original" feature. I don't use Organizer so am not sure how that would work for this.
Next, I start a new project in "Hawaii Vacation" and Premier Elements builds the rest of it's structure withing that primary folder. This is the best moment to double check the Scratch Disks and reset Media Cache if necessary.
Once it is set up, I do the Add Media step and get started.
At any time I can move the complete project, assets and all, to an external drive (of any letter) with Explorer. Normally it is for archive purposes. If I want to work on the project later I can move it back to the C: drive or to another computer's C: drive. If that other computer has a (second) installation of Premier Elements, I can work on the project.
I started this work routine a few years ago to take advantage of a relatively small laptop SSD C: drive that is speedy enough to make video editing a smoother and faster process. Output rendering is especially nice with everything on a SSD.
For Mitche's original purpose of moving a project from one computer to another and then back. This will work.
Thanks whsprague for the update.
I've given up trying to get it to work. I even went as far as uninstalling premiere from the C: drive and did a brand new install on the F: external portable drive. I made sure the project is setup in F: with a specific folder, the same as cache media and scratch disks. Every time I download a new song, music or apply an adjustment and right click to see the properties of the edit it consistently wants to put everything in the C:\Adobe\etc\etc drive. Yes, the pictures and videos are in the F: drive but not the adjustments, music scores etc.
I'm a huge fan of Lightroom and there Catalog system works perfectly between a laptop and desktop with an external hard drive but obviously Adobe has not perfected this ability with Premiere Elements. I would imagine that Premiere Pro CC would work this way but do not want to spend the money for a month to month subscription.
Am I missing something here and can't possible imagine why Premiere Elements consistently puts everything on the C: drive even when I have it installed on my F: drive. The scratch disk, media and cache are all set to F: but again when I right click on adjustments or downloaded audio the properties indicate it is stored in the C:\program files\Adobe...\...
Any comments or help would certainly be appreciated.
Any comments or help would certainly be appreciated.
Please reread what I wrote. Never did I suggest you install Premier Elements on a external drive. One main reason is that it won't run well because ALL external drives are too slow.
When you buy Premier Elements you agree to install on no more than two computers. Install it once on Computer A and again on Computer B.
As you reread my suggestion, think of your external drive as only a transfer device. Work on you project with Computer A. When you want to move to Computer B, transfer the project from Computer A to the external disk and, then again, transfer the project folder to Computer B.
Whenever I've tried to work a video project with assets on a USB external drive, the project slows to an unacceptable rate. It doesn't work.
I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong...? I only have two computers and only tried installing the software on the external drive due to my frustrations. Speed wise it seems to be okay as it is a USB 3.1 when drive. I've already uninstalled it from the external hard drive and reinstalled it on my desktop since I'm only allowed two installs. I would love to work on a project at home and at work if possible.
Why is it when I go home from the office and copy my project or save it to my external disk drive and open it on my home PC it can't seem to find the music scores or adjustment panels that are created automatically by premiere when I go to create/video story? I've double checked that the scratch disks and media cache are on the F: drive but when I right click the timeline and choose properties in indicates the music and adjustment panels are saved under c:\adobe\etc???? Does what I'm saying make any sense at all?
Okay I guess what I'm asking is how am I able to transfer the entire project in it's entirety from computer A to computer B without all these error messages coming up that it can't find the specific files?
Unless naming the external drive works, this is not possible. As I've said before, even if all of your media files are in the same folder, you may sometimes have to link one media file to your project.
It is possible. Just to make sure, I took a minute to make sure. I repeated the process I'm suggesting. It took two minutes.
I may not be explaining it well. I'll try again.
1. Premier Elements is installed the same on two computers on the C:\ drive.
2. A separate and distinct folder is set up in Explorer on the first computer for the project, such as C:\VideoProjects\Hawaii.
3. Everything needed for the project from the project .prel file to the video clips themselves is put in the Hawaii folder.
3. On the second computer a match folder is set up. There has to be a C:\VideoProjects\Hawaii.
4. To move to the second computer, the contents of Hawaii on the first computer need to be copied to an intermediate location like an external drive or even DropBox.
5. On the second computer the Hawaii folder contents need to be copied into the "new" Hawaii folder.
The result is that the structure and content are exactly the same on both computers. The "long" file name for the project would be "C:\VideoProjects\Hawaii\GoingToTheBeach.prel". If anything is not the same or not in the same relative position in the file structure on BOTH computers, you will get errors.
Cool plan, Bill!
Steve Grisetti wrote:
Cool plan, Bill!
You and Bill Hunt helped me figure it out. At the time, the optimal editing machine had an internal drive for software, another for assets and a third for output. The theory was that drive read and write speeds were the bottleneck. I was living a lot in a RV and had to have a laptop due to limited space. I got it when SSDs were still on the "dark side" in the video editing world. You and Bill Hunt were answering my questions about where PrE keeps things. I was putting those things in locations on the SSD. How to store "projects in process" became part of the discussion. (At the time there were some minor mysteries in the PrE archive process.) In the end, "we" came up with the "cool plan".
I'm still using the same computer. It is an ASUS "Gamer". At the time, Bill Hunt ordered an MSI "gamer" laptop and started testing it for rendering speed. In his case he elected to have multiple SSDs to blend the old multiple drive concept with the new single SSD concept. I never heard the results because he stopped posting.