However, there seem to be hacks for the PREL, the Project file. I have no direct experience in this method, and would urge one to ONLY work on a copy of their PREL, in case something goes very wrong. The PREL is basically an XML database, with links and instructions. It can be edited in WordPad, NotePad, or any XML editing program. One just needs to choose Open, and then "All Files" for the File Type drop-down in the dialog screen.
ATR, a trusted contributor to this forum, has posted the instructions, and the value changes to accomplish this. He posted this info very recently in a thread in this forum. You might want to Search for "project preset," and maybe even filter on "ATR," in People. Also, I commented on that thread, so you could filter on "Bill Hunt" too.
If I can find that thread, I will furnish a link to it.
I see where the ClipMate program worked for someone by coping the time line then pasting it into a new project. I also don't see that it works now, maybe the version of ClipMate doesn't support this type of process anymore.
I tried the suggested:
To convert a 4:3 NTSC project to widescreen, in WordPad do a search and replace:
And in PRE-8 it doesn't seem to have this setting.
I downloaded the ClipMate, but can't seem to figure out how to copy the timeline. Maybe it won't do that function anymore.
Thanks for all the help...
ClipMate is your friend!
Below is the process for working in ClipMate:ClipMate Premiere Elements Copying Between ProjectsPremiere Elements 8: First Look, Using with ClipMate Software
Using Clipmate to copy and paste between projects
Copying timeline between projects
Premiere Elements 8, what worked for me....
2. Then open your saved Premiere Elements 8 project .prel whose Timeline you want to copy to another new project .prel.
3. In Premiere Elements 8, Edit Menu/Select All, Edit Menu/Copy. Minimize the Premiere Elements 8’s workspace to see the ClipMate 7.3 workspace.
4. In ClipMate 7.3, Edit Menu/Capture Special. That will bring up the Capture Special dialog.
5. In the Capture Special dialog, you should find just two options for check marks. Make sure that there is a check mark next to “Premiere Elements OSClipboard Format” as well as “Premiere Exchange”, and then click OK.
6. You should then see an entry for your copy in the ClipMate list which includes: Title, Sort Key, Date/Time, Size, Source. The source should say “ADOBE PREMIER…”, not WINDOWS. Highlight that entry.
7. Go back and Maximize Premiere Elements 8 project .prel which has the material that you copied. To create the new project .prel to paste into, go to the File Menu of this current project.prel/New/Project. (I clicked Yes to the Save message that followed, just in case…). After setting up the new project dialog for the new project .prel, I was now in the new project .prel’s workspace.
8. IMPORTANT: Using minimizing and maximizing windows, go back and make sure that the ClipMate entry for the copy is highlighted. Then with the Premiere Elements 8 again maximized, go to the Premiere Elements 8 Edit Menu and select Paste Insert. The job is done, video, audio, transitions, and effects wise.