What are files with extension .prel and size of 15 KB? I thought they were the files that are created when work I do in PrE is saved. I thought they were called "Project Files". I have several .prel files produced over last few months from 2 projects. When I do a search using the search window in Win 10 & the criterion *.prel, then select a .prel file from the list in the search window, I receive a "File Import Failure" box with a message that "This type of file is not supported, or the required codec is not installed". When I open Adobe PrE, > File...> Open Project...> any .prel file on list, I receive the same "File Import Failure" message. I am using PrE 2018 ver 16.0 on Win 10. I downloaded an update to PrE on 1/19/2019. I saved 1 project as an .mp4 & I am able to open it in PrE.
.prel files are Premiere Elements project files. They are NOT media files. They are the files that include all of the edits for your video movie project.
Because they are not media files, you do not edit them by select Add Media. You open them by going to Premiere Elements' File menu and selecting Open.
Steve does not answer my question. I have tried his method as stated in my question. I am going to delete all existing .prel files & folders & start new projects. Everyone should act as if this question is answered. I do very much appreciate the response. Thank you !!!
Re-reading your question suggests that the project files (.prel) are opening but the media files associated with the project have been deleted, renamed or moved.
Oh. That's very different!
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similar question as I am struggling with Photoshop. My goal is create my own video with my photos and videos. I understand that when I edit a video with Premier Elements 2020 (for Mac) it creates an edited project file - .prel. Now I wan to use Premier elements to create this video collage and pull the edited ".prel" project into the timeline. When I go to the file menu to open these edited files, it brings me to a new time line. How do I drag the edited video into my new project. This is a headache; should be easier. Thanks
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.prel are video project files. They are NOT media files! You can not add them to a Premiere Elements timeline.
Select Export & Share (in the upper right of the program) and select and output template.
You may want to check out my free Basic Training tutorials for Premiere Elements on YouTube. Part 8 shows you how to output video from your project.
I spoke with Adobe customer service and figured out my issue. I now understand that I need to convert these ".prel" projects to MP4 files which I do by Exported and Sharing and converting the files to MP4. Then you create a new project by importing these MP4 files. Hooray!
Exactly what we just said. Glad to hear Adobe agrees and that you've found a solution!