I'd be concerned that you have no auto-save files. That may be related to the fact that your .prel corrupted.
How much free, clean, freshly defragmented space is on your hard drive?
Which version of the program are you using on what operating system?
When did you last run the free program Malware Bytes on your system?
Thanks for the response. I think you may be right about the file being corrupted that led to the problem with the auto-save. I tried to import the file into Cyberlink PowerDirector and it returns the same message that the file is damaged. Able to import other .prel files into PowerDirector without a problem.
Over 600GB of free space out of 922GB all defragged.
Adobe Premiere Elements 12.0 on Win10. Sorry, I should have included that information in my original post.
I have Malware Bytes, but I did not run it since I started the project. Does it create problems for Premiere? I also have BitDefender which scans frequently. Is that another potential issue? What about CCleaner?
I have uninstalled the program and trying to re-install. Doubt that it will solve the damaged file issue, but may prevent it from happening again.
Thanks for your help.
I'm very surprised to hear you can open a .prel file in PowerDirector! But if that works, it works.
Just know that, once you do open a .prel file in PowerDirector, it will probably never open again in Premiere Elements. Project files can't be passed from program to program without suffering some corruption.