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Premiere should be able to show us where and what is offline in the timeline

Explorer ,
Feb 19, 2024 Feb 19, 2024

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I know, Premiere DOES display offline clips as such in the timeline, but when you have a long and complex timeline with hundreds or thousands of clips (and especially if there are nested sequences within that long and complex timeline), it is not always easy to find where the offline media is located. And we've all received the dreaded message when we are about to export a movie: "Offline material is present in this export and will be encoded using the Offline Media graphic." (Or even worse, you exported something and the offline media graphic was included in it!)  So when Premiere give us this message during export, it should come with a list of which clips are offline and where. This feature already kinda sorta exists in Media Encoder (see attached image), but it would be more intuitive to obtain the info directly from Premiere, since this is where we will need to fix the problem. It would also be nice to be able to easily locate offline media in the timeline at any time, not only during export, (and to include the timecode in addition to the filename). Finally, this feature must be designed with the Productions workflow in mind; the offline media could be in a totally different project so we should not need to go digging through properties in the Project panel or do any reverse-match-framing to figure out what is offline. There should be a simple and clear way, using only the Timeline, for Premiere to list any and all instances of offline media, and to jump the playhead from one offline clip to the next with a simple click. With this "Offline Finder" tool or command, we can easily QC our sequences before we even start exporting, and we don't have to waste time digging around trying to figure out which clip out of hundreds or thousands has gone missing.

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Feb 20, 2024 Feb 20, 2024

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Use the metadata display and check the Offline box.

Then sort.

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