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Huge project file in PE2019

New Here ,
Jan 08, 2022 Jan 08, 2022

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Using Premiere Elements 2019 I usually create projects with a prel file size of 400 KB. However, last year I created a projects with a prel file of 55 MB, and I don't know why.

I really don't understand what I did differently, but this large file results in long waiting times when loading or saving the project.

To investigate the cause of this large prel file, I copied the project and removed all video and audio clips from this copied project. It didn't make any sense. The empty project still has an enormous prel file size.

Can someone explain what causes the huge size of this prel file and how I can solve this? 

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Jan 08, 2022 Jan 08, 2022

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Data from Stabilize footage can make a project huge.

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Jan 08, 2022 Jan 08, 2022

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Thanks for your reply Ann. But what is the data in my project if all clips have been removed? Yesterday I removed all media cache and preview files and still the project file is 55 MB...

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Jan 09, 2022 Jan 09, 2022

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Media cache and preview files are not stored in the project file..

Do you use stabilizer a lot?

There are effects that can blot a project.

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Jan 09, 2022 Jan 09, 2022

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No, I don't use the stabilizer. Earlier I used moving titles. But I still wonder why the project file keeps its large size after I have removed all the clips from the project. In fact the movie has now a length of 0 sec. I also removed all the media from the project.

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Jan 09, 2022 Jan 09, 2022

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The moving titles data might be stored in the project too. I have no idea.

55 mb might not be that huge after all.

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Jan 12, 2022 Jan 12, 2022

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I don't think so. I have replaced all moving titles by static ones. Unfortunately the size of  the project file has not been changed. Any other idea?

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Jan 12, 2022 Jan 12, 2022

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Somewhere I read that some software will reserve or keep, and not give back, any disk space it uses.  I don't know, but Premiere Elements may be one of them.   Disk space has evolved where a terabyte is around $25!  

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Jan 14, 2022 Jan 14, 2022

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Hi Bill,
Thanks for your reply.
Indeed this could be the cause. In that case I am still looking for a
solution. Or I have to accept…

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