Viewing a project’s files

Project Assets panel overview

The Project Assets panel lets you preview source material for your projects. Select the Expert view and then click Project Assets.

You can view the contents of a project using the list view or the grid view. Use the panel options menu to switch between the views.

The grid view displays a snapshot of the video you imported into the project. The Project Assets panel indicates files that you use in the Expert view timeline with a green icon. Use the Search box to search for files within the panel.

Display and arrange media items

In the Project Assets panel, you can display items in the List view. The List view lets you view more items simultaneously, search, and sort items by properties such as media type and duration.

  • To sort items in List view, click the column heading by which you want to sort the items. (For example, click Media Type to sort items by type.) If folders are expanded, items sort from the top level and down the Project Assets panel hierarchy. To reverse the sort order, click the column heading again.
  • To see more of the column headings in List view, drag the right side of the Project Assets panel to the right. Alternatively, drag the scroll bar at the bottom of the panel to the right.

Organize clips in folders

The Project Assets panel can include folders into which you can organize project contents. Folders can contain media files or subfolders. Consider using folders to organize media types, such as still images, audio files, and video clips.

  1. In the Project Assets panel, do any of the following:

    To access the Project Assets panel, select Project Assets in the Expert view.

    • To add a folder, click the New Folder icon at the bottom of the Project Assets panel. In the list view, if you click New Folder multiple times in a row, each new folder is nested inside the previous new folder.

    • To move an item into a folder, drag the item to the Folder icon. You can move folders into other folders to nest them.

    • To display the contents of a folder, double-click the folder. Alternatively, in List view, click the triangle beside the Folder icon to expand the folder.

    • To navigate to parent folders, click the appropriate icon. You can click and hold this button to see a list of all the folders above the one currently listed. You can also jump to a folder by highlighting it and releasing the mouse button.

Rename a source file in a project

  • To rename a clip, select it, choose Clip > Rename, type the new name, and press Enter. (The change affects only references used in the project; the name of the original source file remains the same in the Project workspace and on your computer.)
  • To rename an original source file, close Adobe Premiere Elements before you rename it. The next time you open the project, Adobe Premiere Elements asks you to locate the file.

    Tip: You can also rename a selected clip by clicking its name once to select the text, typing the new name, and pressing Enter.

Find an item in a project

  1. Right-click an item in the Expert view timeline, and select Reveal In Project.

    To find an item on the hard drive, right-click the clip, choose Properties, and note the path at the top of the Properties panel.

Locate missing files for a project

Premiere Elements doesn’t store original source files in a project—it references the name and location of each source file when you import it. If you later move, rename, or delete a source file from your computer, the Where Is The File dialog box opens when you next open the project.

In addition to source files, a project also references preview files. Preview files allow you to preview effects in real time without having to render them—a process that can take hours. Preview files can be re‑created if necessary.


After you create the final movie, you can delete source files if you do not plan to reuse them. If you plan to re-edit the movie in the future, archive the project with the Project Archiver before deleting source files.

  1. In the Where Is The File dialog box, choose one of the following options:

    Display Only Exact Name Matches

    Displays only the files that match the name of the missing file when the project was last closed. If you know that the name of a file has changed, deselect this option.


    Replaces the missing file with the original or replacement file.


    Starts the Windows XP Search feature.

    Skip Previews

    Ignores missing preview files so you aren’t asked to find them.


    Replaces the missing file with an offline file. The offline file acts as a placeholder for related clips in the Project Assets panel and the Expert view timeline.

    Skip All

    Replaces all missing clips with offline files without asking you for confirmation.

Delete a clip

Because Adobe Premiere Elements doesn’t store media files in the project, deleting a clip from a project removes all instances from a movie. However, Adobe Premiere Elements does not delete the clip’s source file from your computer. To conserve disk space, delete the source file.

To delete a media file from the Project workspace, do one of the following:

  • Select the file in the panel and click the Delete icon.
  • Right-click/ctrl-click it in the Expert view timeline, and choose Delete. You can also delete by selecting the file and pressing the Delete key. The file is deleted from the Elements Organizer, but it is not deleted from your hard disk.

    Tip: To identify unused items in a project, see the Video Usage and Audio Usage columns in List view. To display these columns, scroll to the right. A green check mark (list view) and a green dot (grid view) indicates that the asset is being used in the project.

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