Open projects

Learn how to open, save, transport and import Premiere Pro projects for Windows.

Premiere Pro for Windows can open project files created with earlier versions of Premiere Pro. You can open only one project at a time. To transfer the contents of one project into another, use the Import command.

Use the Auto Save command to automatically save copies of your projects in the Premiere Pro Auto-Save folder.

You may encounter missing files as you work on a project. You can continue working by substituting offline files as placeholders for the missing files. You can edit using offline files, but you must bring the originals back online before rendering your movie.

To bring a file back online after the project is open, use the Link Media command. You can continue working without having to close and reopen the project.

  1. Choose File > Open Project. (Windows: Ctrl+O, Mac: Cmd+O).

  2. Browse to the project file and select it.
  3. Select Open.
  4. If the Where Is The File dialog box opens, locate the file using the Look In field, or choose one of the following in the Where Is The File dialog box:


    Launches the Windows Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac OS) search feature.


    Replaces a missing file with a temporary offline clip during the session. When you close your project and then reopen it, you see a dialog box that asks you to locate the file or allows you to skip it again.

    Skip All

    Like Skip, Skip All replaces all missing files with temporary offline files.


    Select Skip or Skip All only when you are certain that you want to rework all the instances where the file is used in the project. If you want to keep the file in the project but can’t locate it at the moment, use Offline instead.

    Skip Previews

    Stops Premiere Pro from searching for any preview files already rendered for the project. This allows the project to load faster, but you may need to render parts of its sequences for best playback performance.


    Replaces a missing file with an offline clip, a placeholder that preserves all references to the missing file everywhere in the project. Unlike the temporary offline clip created by Skip, the one generated by Offline persists between sessions, so you won’t have to locate missing files every time the project is opened.

    Offline All

    Like Offline, Offline All replaces all missing files with persistent offline files.


Do not delete source files while you are using them as clips in a Premiere Pro project unless they were captured using device control, and you plan to recapture them. After you deliver the final movie, you can delete source files.

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