5 Replies Latest reply on Jan 7, 2012 8:47 AM by John T Smith

    Convert from Premiere Pro


      I did my son's graduation in an old version of Premiere Pro (2.0, I think).  I now have Premiere Elements 7.  I have all of the project files from a backup.  I would like to convert the project to PPE7 so I can burn a DVD.  How do I convert the project files?

        • 1. Re: Convert from Premiere Pro
          Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

          Well, you can't convert the project files.


          But if you output a DV-AVI of the video from Premiere Pro, you can load that AVI right into Premiere Elements and produce a terrific little DVD!


          I do hope you still have Premiere Pro around though. You're not going to be able to edit the project files without it.

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          • 2. Re: Convert from Premiere Pro
            the_wine_snob Level 9

            Welcome to the forum.


            Unfortunately, one cannot Open, or Import a PRPROJ file (PrPro Project files) into PrE. Now, and within certain limitations, one can usually Open, or Import PREL (PrE Project files) into a contemporary version of PrPro, such as PrE 4.0 PREL's into PrPro 2.0.


            As Steve points out, the best would be to Export the Project from PrPro 2.0, as a DV-AVI (for an SD Project), and then Import that into PrE. There are two thoughts on that:


            1. Edit loosely, leaving plenty of extra Frames per Clip, and do not add any Transitions. The final editing will take place in PrE.
            2. Edit very tightly, with exactly what you will want, and exactly the Transitions that will be used. Then touchup only in PrE.


            The reason for one of the above is that if you have edited, and added Transitions in PrPro, but then want to edit much, and replace some of those Transitions, you will end up without adequate Handles, once the Transitions have been removed, before adding new ones. This can be problematic.


            Good luck,



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            • 3. Re: Convert from Premiere Pro
              StanB562 Level 1

              Thank you both for your answers.  Unfortunately, it's bad news because I don't have Premiere Pro anymore.


              Any idea where I can borrow a copy?  I mean that literally.  I'd install it, export an AVI and uninstall it.  All I want is a copy of the final version of my son's grad video.


              Thanks again for your replies.


              - stan

              • 4. Re: Convert from Premiere Pro
                Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

                Try downloading the free trial from the Adobe site. It should be virtually fully functional for 30 days. And most likely it will even work with an older project file.

                • 5. Re: Convert from Premiere Pro
                  John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  >have all of the project files from a backup


                  What CODEC are your original video files?


                  Did you get those files from camera to computer using a proprietary device like an earlier device like the Pinnacle Dv500? (before software driver 4, I think, the files would ONLY load if you had the Dv500 installed)


                  No matter what you do with your old project file, you need to be able to open & edit your video files


                  Read Bill Hunt on a file type as WRAPPER http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037
                  What is a CODEC... a Primer http://forums.adobe.com/thread/546811
                  What CODEC is INSIDE that file? http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037
                  Report back with the codec details of your file, use the programs below... a screen

                  shot works well to SHOW people what you are doing
                  For PC http://www.headbands.com/gspot/ or http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en
                  For Mac http://mediainfo.massanti.com/