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Simply import all relevant projects into an empty project, let it consolidate the sources and then collect. Solves all your issues.
I'm going to try that.
File naming, file structure and project management is an extremely important skill to master. To really be efficient every project should have the same file structure and naming conventions. Not only will this help you return to the project later, but it will help tremendously when you have to send off part of a production to someone else for completion. I'm currently working on 2 projects with many terabytes of footage. If we didn't all follow the same naming conventions and file structure sharing projects would involve a huge mess of sending drives across state lines by UPS or FedEX and wasting time. More than 90% of the students that I work with do not have any defined file structure or naming conventions, more than 60% of my clients, even one firm with about 15,000 clients, do not have or carefully follow naming conventions and file structure. Without the search function in the file browser they would be completely lost.
Set up a system, use it for all projects, then when you need to share a project or consolidate files for archiving things will go much faster and you'll never have lost media again.
Yes I figured that out the hard way, I started working for a start up 9 months ago and I was a rookie, now if i may say so myself i'm better than I used to, but now since there wasa a curve of progress the 60+ videos that I made have a different naming convention and medias are stored in different folders, the latest projects that I've worked on have a clear naming conventions so I can easly figure where's what, But since my early work is a mess, i have to go over that, and try to not f up the linking between medias.