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  • Can I relink multiple converted offline clips in PP all at once?

     Jason Perryman updated 2 weeks ago 3 Members · 7 Posts
  • Jason Perryman

    October 3, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    OK this is a follow up to a previous problem with PP crashing 1-2 minutes after start up.

    Seems that with my .DV clips all being offline, the only way I can reconnect to them in my project is to upgrade from the 2018 version to the new 2021 version, which I’ve done.

    Next I have to use Handbrake to convert all the .DV clips to .MOV clips. Then relink all the offline timeline .DV clips to these .MOV files.

    Only thing is is that this will take ages doing this 1 by 1 clip by clip.

    Is there a way to do this in a batch ‘relink all’ type of fast instant way that can link multiple clips all at once, do them all in one go automatically? Or do several clips at once, if not a great deal of them in one go?

    When I start my PP project I do NOT get a window saying that these .DV clips are offline and need relinking. All I get are red clips on my timeline. When I go to each clip and get the link/relink option I can find that 1 file using ‘LOCATE’ but I don’t see any button or option that says “relink all files in this folder’ etc. or anything that allows me to create some multiple clips relink.

    I know that FCP used to do this, but in my experience of using PP I don’t remember it having this capability.

    If anyone can help me on this I would be very appreciative, I really can’t believe PP would leave me to just doing over 1000 clips 1 by 1 here, so many thanks for anyone that can help.

  • Shaun Khan

    October 3, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    Hi Jason,

    I’ve run into this situation before and had no alternative other than relinking individual files in the “link media” option. A thought did come to mind though upon reading your dilemma. Save as a new project from current and use a program called “atom” to replace all instances of .dv to .mov and try reloading the new project?

  • Jason Perryman

    October 3, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    Do you think that will start the new project that will automatically link all the new clips in one big sweep?

    So far I’ve used Handbrake to convert .dv to .mov. Not sure what atom does that is different? Does it somehow allow the ‘atom’ project to link to the new converted clips in one go?

    (It sucks truly if PP can’t do this ‘link all’ method by itself.)

  • Ann Bens

    October 4, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    Handbrake makes mp4 files not mov.

    When relinking make sure the names are exactly the same and only File Name is checked in the Link Media box.

  • Jason Perryman

    October 4, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    Yes my bad, they are .mp4 files after the convert of course, I should have said that specifically, sorry for forgetting their actual name.

    OK so when you say that the names should be exactly the same, do you mean everything in the name BEFORE the ‘.mp4’ converted addition to the name, ie ‘Clip 01.dv’ becomes ‘Clip 01.mp4’.

    Or do you mean that the whole name stays the same, where I would rename the new converted clip to be 100% the same as the original, ie ‘Clip 01.dv’ is also ‘Clip 01.dv’ (after I delete ‘.mp4’ and retype it back to ‘.dv’)

    Sorry that sounds like a stupid question, I just want to be sure what you literally mean.

    I’ll make sure that only ‘File Name’ is ticked this time. – Does all of this mean that all the new converted .mp4 files will relink into the timeline clips all in one go?

  • Ann Bens

    October 5, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    The name is before the dot. After the dot there comes the extention: name dot extention.

    clip_0001.dv > clip_0001.mp4

    >>>>>>>>>>I’ll make sure that only ‘File Name’ is ticked this time. – Does all of
    this mean that all the new converted .mp4 files will relink into the
    timeline clips all in one go?>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Why not make a dummy project and experiment.

  • Jason Perryman

    October 5, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    OK thanks I’ll give this a whirl.

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