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  • Project missing a ton of material and reset to an earlier version

    Posted by Deacon O’Connor on October 23, 2023 at 4:14 am

    I have been creating social media videos within one project for over a year. Over the past month I took a break from this specific channel and worked on another one in a separate project. The other project was not touched and I could see it when I signed in for the past 25 days. Tonight I opened it, and all of the work I have done over the past 4 months is missing. I had reorganized all my bins and workflow several months ago and loved the setup. Now the project has bins and files from when I first started and I’m being asked to relinks media. The bins are all containing old footage from over a year ago and I have no idea how this happened. I simply closed it one day and opened it to see this mess. Any ideas how this happened but not to any other projects I have that are available?

    It looks like it was deliberately reset to an earlier cloud copy but I have never done that and do not even know how. How do I get all my work back from a month ago? I’m missing over 50 music files, audio racks that I recorded, VO, media, graphics etc. A LOT of stuff is missing.

    Deacon O’Connor replied 8 months ago 2 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Tom Morton

    October 23, 2023 at 6:20 am

    Was it saved on a cloud platform? It sounds possible, and if it was then any cloud storage should have a deleted items folder with old stuff stored in it. Also, did you restore any other files during that time?

    It does sounds like a storage problem more than a Premiere Pro issue, but while we’re on that subject, I’d seriously encourage you not to use this workflow again. Premiere Pro is a very buggy program, and not that reliable for professional use. I use it, but I’m not a fan and I’ll keep lots of versions in case things go wrong – every video project I work on has around 2-5 project file versions. I will create a project file called “Video Example v1” and then at critical points in editing I would save down a new copy called “Video Example v2” and so on.

    I’ll also duplicate sequences and version them before I do a set of change (from client feedback or whatever) and then the project and any files linked to it are backed up to the cloud.

    I’ve had a fair few times when a project file has corrupted itself, and going back to a previous version is the only thing that saved me doing everything again.

    I know it’s easy to be wise after the event, but I think you should be looking into file recovery options rather than premiere pro help – if they’re deleted permanently then I’m very sorry but your hard work may be lost. 😔

  • Deacon O’Connor

    October 23, 2023 at 4:58 pm

    Thanks Tom for the foresight. It looks like I will have to invest in more storage and time on backing up.

    By workflow I mean my setup for assets — the layout of bins > sequences> graphics etc.

  • Deacon O’Connor

    November 10, 2023 at 5:23 am

    Revisiting this to add that I did go through backup folders on two different drives and could not find any of my work or folders

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