One more thing...just so you know I did try to resolve this. When I click on Link Media from the FILE menu and choose the file that has the same name as the media in the bin I get a message that says "The selected file does not contain video media used by clip references in one or more sequences. These video clip references will be deleted and cannot be undone. Do you wnat to continue?"
Of course, for now, I cancelled that.
It sounds like you are trying to open a CS4 originated project
in CS5... is that correct?
If yes, try creating a brand new CS5 project, then import
your entire CS4 project (File>Import).
This should keep all of your media linked as in CS4, and is
non-destructive to your original CS4 project.
You are right. But I tried what you suggested...I chose "import" form the file menu, then chose "import entire project" and hit "ok" and I still get a blank file template with no project.
If you open the project in CS4, is the media linked?
They certainly were all linked when I last used CS4 but when I installed Windows 7 last week, I only now have CS5.
When I just "open" the file without importing, I see all of the elements in the bin and in the timeline but no media is linked. And as I've mentioned, when using "import" I get nothign
Ok, I found a folder in the project window (I had closed that but didn't see it) and opened it and found all of the media and "sequence 1"
When I drag a media resource (avi clip) into the source monitor, I get the same "Media Offline" image.
I also tried to get the sequence into the timeline and couldn't by dragging or double clicking.
There must be something wrong with the file I'm trying to import because I tried another CS4 file and everything is linked. I also was able to double click on the Sequence in the project panel and it loaded in the timeline.
I think what happened is that when I opened the CS4 file rather than inporting it, I must have saved it in CS5. Do you think that screwed things up? It's a lot of work so I'd love to recover this file.
Check your most recent CS4 "Auto Save" of the project in question.
Open a back-up copy in CS4 to confirm all media is linked, then save
and try to import into CS5.
"They certainly were all linked when I last used CS4 but when I installed Windows 7 last week, I only now have CS5."
I'd have to find my original CS4 disks and reinstall them. That might be difficult although if it's the only solution I'll have to dig.
You can have CS4 and CS5 installed together without conflict.
The problem here is almost certainly that the media uses a codec which is no longer installed on your system. This is supported by the recent upgrade to Windows 7.
Find out what codec the clips are using, and reinstall it.
I understand but I moved since I last used those disks so it's gonna be a pain going through my storage unit. But I suppose that will be easier than rebuilding the project. I suspect that since I saved the CS4 file in CS5 that I won't be able to open it in CS4 anymore, right?
You don't need CS4. You just need to find out what codec was used for the media clips. Use the program Gspot for this.
Then reinstall the missing codec.
Jim, the site for gspot only show support through Vista. I'm on Windows 7
It works anyway.
Yes, I installed it and got "OpenDML (AVI v2.0) in the Container window.) and CFHD CineForm 10-bit Visually Perfect HD (Wavelet) for the codec.
I used the trial version of CineForm's product before to convert files from MP4 (HD Flipvideo) to .AVI bue because I was using the trial version I assumed that nothing in my system persisted after the 15 day trial but I guess it did.
But since I've been working on this issue, the bigger issue now is that I can't seem to retrieve the timeline from the "sequence 1" icon in the project window.
So even if I can straighten out the links, I have no timeline.
Along with Jim's suggestion to find the missing CODEC, are the Assets located in the exact same Path, as they were when you created your CS4 Project?
If you did any housekeeping, regarding the folder structure, perhaps changing HDD drive letters, etc., they the link to those Assets will be broken now. When you installed Win7, did you make any changes to the full Path where the Assets are located?
I would use MediaInfo to look closely at some of those Assets, and see what CODEC is used in them. Then, just search for that CODEC, download and install it, re-boot and they issue with the Assets should go away. With the proper, necessary CODEC(s), if the Path has changed, then PrPro should ask, "Where is file _____?" With the Finder, just locate the new Path, and choose that. PrPro will then look in that folder and link to all Assets used. If the used Assets are in several folders, you will need to repeat for each folder. This ARTICLE will give you some more background and tips.
PS - since you did not mention PrPro asking "Where is file _____ ?" I would assume that the Path to the Assets is not the question, but that you now are missing a necessary CODEC, as Jim suggests.
[Edit] I see that much has transpired, while I was typing. I agree with Jim, just buy the Cineform CODEC, install it, and re-boot. Things should then proceed nicely.
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I used the trial version of CineForm's product
Well, you may be stuck buying that codec if you want your project to work again.
As for the missing sequence, it's in a bin somewhere. Just double click on it when you find it.
There might be another solution. First of all, since I just discovered by importing a clip that CS5 supports the flibvideo mp4 format I guess I dont't need to spend the money on the other codec. That assumes that there is a way to change the filename1.avi to filename1.mp4 (the uncoverted file) in the project window. There are only about 15 clips so that wouldn't take that long. But when I right click on an avi clip in the project window and choose either "link media" or "replace footage" it gives me a dialog that only shows the .avi files, not the .mp4 files that are in the same folder.
If there's no way to resolve this, I guess I can import all of those MP4 clips and replace the .avi segments in the timeline with the .mp4 files. Will this work and maintain the same in/out points?
SInce I still have the timeline in the CS5 file that I had accidentally saved when using "open" instead of "import" I would think the timeline issue is moot.
I tried importing the equivalent MP4 file and replacing the same .avi clip in the timeline by right clicking on the segment in the timeline and choosing "replace with clip" then "from bin" from the submenu while the appropriate MP4 clip was selected in the project window but it seems it does not maintain the in/out points. Is there another way to replace these clips and maintain the in/out points?
Try loading the MP4 into the Source Monitor first. That should give you the option to match the frames.
Hmmm..."when done right"
I guess I don't know what that is. I'm doing exactly what you're suggesting. It seems that the option to maintain the in/out points is limited to what's in the source window and the in/out points that are established there.
It does appear that Premiere migth maintain the duration of the clip but each one starts on frame 1 of the source. It'd be a pain in the neck but i suppose If I log every in point I can just drag the selection in the source window to the proper in/out point without having to establish a new duration. That saves a bit of time. but if anyone has any suggestions for an easier way to maintain the in/out points when replacing the clips, please lt me know.
Thanks so much for all of your help.