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VERY old project found, not sure how to open it or use videos?

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I've been going through some old data DVDs and found a VERY old Premiere project I created around 2002 of a trip I took to Israel.  I've got all of the video clips and the project files, bins, titles, etc. But I can't open anything in the current version of Premiere, and I'm not sure how to restore this valuable content.  I even tried opening the .mov files, but none of them will open on my MacBook Pro.  I also tried adding them to a new project (they are all named, so if I could get them to work I could potentially cut them together into a new project) but Premiere can't play them either.  The hitch on all this, beyond the fact that they were created using Premiere 6 (not CS6, obviously) is that they were created on a Windows machine.  

 

Is there any way to salvage this material?

 

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Eddie

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VERY old project found, not sure how to open it or use videos?

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I've been going through some old data DVDs and found a VERY old Premiere project I created around 2002 of a trip I took to Israel.  I've got all of the video clips and the project files, bins, titles, etc. But I can't open anything in the current version of Premiere, and I'm not sure how to restore this valuable content.  I even tried opening the .mov files, but none of them will open on my MacBook Pro.  I also tried adding them to a new project (they are all named, so if I could get them to work I could potentially cut them together into a new project) but Premiere can't play them either.  The hitch on all this, beyond the fact that they were created using Premiere 6 (not CS6, obviously) is that they were created on a Windows machine.  

 

Is there any way to salvage this material?

 

Thanks!

Eddie

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try installing vlc 

https://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-macosx.html

and see if the files will play.  vlc is sort of a swiss army knife of video players and if the video plays, hit command-i and go to codec details and tell us the codec, pixel dimensions and frame rate...

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I would just run them through Handbrake: https//handbrake.fr/ and transcode them to something newer. Shouldn't be a problem. As for your Premiere project file, probably not going to be able to be imported or opened, but can't hurt to try. Make a new project in Premiere, go to "Import Project" and bring that in! See how it goes.

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I recently salvaged some project files like this. I do not recall if the old projects were PR 6, but they were in the PR 6 style ".prj" type. I was on Windows previously and now.

 

Newer PR versions see the files as corrupted, and it does not matter if you compress them and save as .prproj.

 

I opened them in PR CS6, which prompts for a conversion and renames. And that CS6 file will open in CC versions. When doing the original projects, I was using a Pinnacle card, and transitions, and also old titles etc (Deko), did not work. And I had to find a way to fix the .avi files that were in a Pinnacle codec. So my method may  not work for your Mac based issues.

 

In any event, I could see how I had edited the files, where there were transitions, etc. I had a final movie in many cases, so once I sorted the codec there, I could retrieve the original look.

 

In any event, sorting the video files and just re-editing may be your best outcome.

 

Stan

 

 

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