Consider doing a "repair" reinstall first.
I have now opened up a version of my project from 3 or 4 days ago and it is possible I could reconstruct as much as I could with my other version of Premiere Pro and editing within that old version seems just fine.
With your approach, would that be performed by inserting my original Production suite disk?
I tried that and it failed. Thanks for the suggestion, it was worth a try.
Right now I am operating as if I have lost 20 hours of edits because of my mistake of having all my credits in one gargantuan title frame.
Any improvement that I could experience would be much appreciated.
Maybe try opening an Autoo Save backup.
....but... Where is your back up project?
I create a manual Backup (SAVE AS A COPY) every 10 - 15 minutes and always after or before , any thing "major' on the timeline.
I do a SAVE.... frequently as well.
In CS5 I have never have had to use a Back up ppj but they certainly saved the day a few times in previous versions
I also do a BACKUP to a different folder on a different drive when closing the system down.
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After you get PrPro up, running and stable (I am a fan of Repair Install, and then trashing the Prefs, as they are NOT addressed in a Repair Install, or even uninstall, install), then try to Open your Project. If that does not work, then create a New Project, and Import the old Project into that. Note: your Timelines will not show up initially. Open the Bins with the Timelines, and Dbl-click on each.
PS - with a major Project, also consider doing Save_As (or Save_As_a_Copy) for the Project, as time goes on. They are similar, but different.
To my understanding I am unable to open either previous work or previous backups from either version of Premiere Pro.
That doesnt make sense. All the backups cant be corrupted.
Can you create a new project at all?
Try the repair reinstall routine. You have nothing to lose.
I know and understand I am lost.
I just tried a repair reinstall, but did not know how to do so. It was not clear.
Therefore I did a complete reinstall.
That did not work.
I have apparently lost Hard Drive Number 2 completely. I do not know why.
At any rate, I have one version of Premiere Pro functional with "only" 20 hours of work lost.
Because a substantial part of that 20 hours was spent learning how to be a pretty decent keyframer, I think it will only take 8 hours to reconstruct everything.
Given all my deadlines, this will be my undertaking.
Thanks for your sincere help.
I do appreciate it.
Thank you Bill. This is what saved a "nuclear accident" from becoming a Chernobyl.
One key lesson is to do that MUCH more frequently.