Premiere Elements 12: Organiser - How can I get rid of broken links/missing files? (Windows)

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Hello.

When I hit the organiser drop down I see a lot of broken links (missing files) in the elements organiser, that is because they have been moved externally.

How can I get rid of these dead links and clean things up please?

I've actually researched and lots of posts says to click somewhere, somewhere I can't actually find. If anybody could show me a screenshot of howto that would be super helpful (but not essential).

Appreciated!!
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Alex

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Nidhi Bhushan, Employee

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Hi Alex,

Thanks for posting your problem. The dead links in Organizer (and Premiere Elements) appear if the files have been removed/moved from their original location. Organizer saves the location for each file in its database and if there is any change in the location, it indicates the problem by showing those "dead link" symbols that you mentioned. You can choose File -> Reconnect -> All Missing Files so that application is able to locate each file. You can manually choose every missing file in the same window as well. Once all the files have been 'reconnected', you will no longer see those dead link symbols.
But, there is no such option to avoid seeing the dead links for the missing files. It is actually helping you to locate your catalog media (even if you misplaced/deleted it at any point). I hope this resolves your problem.
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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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But, there is no such option to avoid seeing the dead links for the missing files.
Yes, you can batch delete all or some disconnected files from your catalog.
- First, find the missing (disconnected) files. Menu Find >> All missing files.
On the top of the resulting list of missing files, you have an icon (3 horizontal bars) to open a drop-down menu. You have the option, among others, to select all and another to delete all from catalog.
You can delete all in one click, or be more selective with the list.

- Beware that if you have thousands of files to delete in one batch, that will take a lot of time. Be patient.

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I did state organizer. The organiser is already open within Premiere elements, please see my screenshot again. It's where the dead links are. You will see above the dead links the title "elements organiser".

Many thanks.
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Nidhi Bhushan, Employee

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Alex, you will have to open Organizer application separately (outside of Premiere elements) and then choose Find >> All missing files option which has been discussed above. Once this is done, then you will not see the broken links inside premiere elements as well.
And just so it is clear, this needs to be done everytime you move/delete any item present in your catalog. This is why I stated above that you cant avoid seeing the broken links because Organizer keeps tracking each media in your catalog.
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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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Alex,
The misunderstanding comes from the fact that you don't use the organizer, but Premiere Elements (or Photoshop Elements) do use a function of the organizer to manage (sort of...) albums. You have to open the organizer from the welcome screen.

There is no way for a video or photo editor to manage 'albums' without an organizing tool which records your albums (created from the photo bin). Those albums are kept in a catalog. The albums (also called collections) are just lists of files like 'playlists' for audio files. The catalogs don't contain any file, they only contain links to the real location of the files on your drive. That's why you can get 'disconnected' or 'missing' files if you move, delete or rename files outside of the organizer. The files are no longer where they were when they have been recorded in the albums of the catalog.

If you don't open and use the organizer, you are wasting your time. Forget about PE albums and manage your files differently, for instance by managing  a folders hierarchy. Many Premiere Elements users don't use the organizer, they create and save 'project's to keep all the assets of each project, each video or slideshow.

More about the organizer:
https://helpx.adobe.com/elements-organizer/user-guide.html
http://psekb.blogspot.com/2013/03/how-do-i-reconnect-missing-files-in.html







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It was not actually stated that I should open a different app until now (bold lettering does not change that fact, sorry, I had elements organsiser open with Adobe Premiere elements).

Thanks for help, a separate app is what I was least expecting.
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Just a follow up... There is no way to start the elements organiser anywhere in Windows, no wonder I didn't know about it.

The workaround was to manually create a shortcut to:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Elements 12 Organizer\PhotoshopElementsOrganizer.exe"

Interesting to note it mentions Photoshop Elements but it does work for Premiere Elements... anyway...

I was then able to run the application, which then allowed me to follow the instructions to remove dead links/missing files. The thread is now resolved.

I appreciate everyones help.
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Steve Lehman

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Good catch Michel.  As you know I am not a big catalog user but when I finally get into it, this info will come in handy.  <made note of it>   Thanks!  The reconnecting missing file links was a nice one too. 

Steve Lehman, mcse   


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Steve Lehman

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Alex,

I'm gonna give Michel more praise but hope it doesn't go to his head, when I say, Michel has convinced me in the past that he knows more about the Organizer than anyone I know besides Adobe employees.   And I do not.