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Unlinking and Relinking Media

Premiere Pro CS3 allows you to unlink a clip from its corresponding media file and relink the two again. Suppose you've been editing with low-quality proxy versions of your media (what some call offline quality). You can unlink the clips from the proxies and then link them to the high-quality versions (online quality). Alternatively, you can unlink media and remove it from the hard disk. Doing so lets you free up storage space and still retain the clip information in the form of an offline clip—ensuring that you can recapture the media if you decide you need it later.

To unlink clips from media:

  1. In the Project panel, select one or more clips.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Project > Make Offline.
    • Control-click/right-click the clip and select Make Offline from the context menu (Figure 4.39).
      Figure 4.39

      Figure 4.39 Choose Project > Make Offline.

    The Make Offline dialog box appears.
  3. Select one of the following (Figure 4.40):
    • Media Files Remain on Disk: Breaks the clip's reference to the media file without deleting the file.
    • Media Files Are Deleted: Breaks the clip's reference to the media file and deletes the file.
    Figure 4.40

    Figure 4.40 In the Make Offline dialog box, select the appropriate option.

    The selected clips' icons change to indicate that they're offline, unrelated to media on the hard drive (Figure 4.41).
    Figure 4.41

    Figure 4.41 The selected clips become offline, and the corresponding media files are either retained or deleted, depending on your choice.

To link clips with media:

  1. In the Project panel, select one or more offline clips.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Project > Link Media (Figure 4.42).
      Figure 4.42

      Figure 4.42 Select offline clips, and choose Project > Link Media...

    • Control-click/right-click the clip and select Link Media from the context menu (Figure 4.43).
      Figure 4.43

      Figure 4.43 ...or Control-click/right-click the offline file and select Link Media from the context menu.

    The Attach Which Media to clipname dialog box appears.
  3. Find and select the media file you want to attach to the clip, and click Select (Figure 4.44).
    Figure 4.44

    Figure 4.44 Locate the correct media file, and click Select to link the clip to the file.

    If you selected more than one clip in step 1, Premiere Pro CS3 relinks the remaining clips automatically, as long as the corresponding media files are in the same location. If the corresponding media is in a different location, Premiere Pro CS3 prompts you with another Attach Which Media to clipname dialog box.
  4. Repeat step 3 for clips with media in other locations on the hard disk.

    When all the clips you selected in step 1 are relinked, Premiere Pro CS3 no longer prompts you to locate the media. In the Project panel, the selected clip's icon indicates that it's linked to media.

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