Steve Lehman, mcse
The transfer to another computer is a very common task, even to another computer with a newer Elements version. The only difference is the transfer from Windows to Mac which is explained at the end of that paper. I don't have a Mac, so I have no personal experience with it. However, I have not seen reports of issues for that transfer to a Mac in this or other forums.
You can transfer files using the network method by using your network cable, from domain to domain or computer names if networked, (see instructions below).
Also, you can copy files from a backup disc or external drive (recommended foremost).
Transferring directly from Mac to PC is tough since Mac does
not have DOS. The Windows file-paths won't be the same. A transfer using Laplink (PC-Mover) will not work from Mac to PC. I have a Microsoft method below, meanwhile, you can try to use your network cable to link computers:
If you decide to transfer files with your network cable, here's how to do it:
1. make sure both computers are on the same network cable.
2. In Windows find the Command Prompt. If you cannot find it, Cortana will find it.
3. At the C prompt, (in a DOS window) enter "ipconfig" (no caps, without the quotes), press enter.
4. It should show your IP address under Ethernet Adaptor or Wireless LAN (like 192.168.0.20).
5. Now go to your Mac computer and press Command-K.
6. enter "smb://" (without the quotes) and then enter that IP address and press return.
7. Click your registered User or enter your user name and password, for Windows 10.
8. Click Connect. It might take a few minutes over a network/wifi connection.
9. a window marked “Select the volumes you want...” will appear with the User options.
select your user name (press ok if needed) then select your files, click ok
10. Open a Finder window. You will see the SMB share, marked as IP address in Shared in the sidebar. Click that and click User (if needed). It’ll show files. Copy files to and from Windows.
Since i cannot see your screen, it's hard to get my assistance and I hate to give assistance without actually seeing the screen. So your best for this transfer through network cable. Any transfers or connections with the network cable need an IP address. You cannot work around that.Alternatively, I did find a program quietly made and released from Microsoft a year ago that will transfer files from Mac to Surface which is a PC laptop with Windows 10 which is the same Windows platform. It transfers files between computer, via network cable and has it's own transfer module. https://www.theverge.com/2017/3/20/14984518/microsoft-surface-apple-mac-to-windows-migration-tool It has a downloadable software program that runs in Windows, that allows a selection of files. I assume it runs in Mac or will find and pull files into Windows. If it works on your Mac, it should open like a Windows operation (even on Mac) and will have a list of files to select both ways. One selection is "desktop" which is a good sign. You can use the network cable for this. If you use a USB transfer cable, note that is not a USB transfer cable. A transfer cable has an electronic "lump" (equalizer) in the middle of the cable that balances the impedance within the cable for both sides to make it compatible for both computers. In electronic engineering we call that "lump" a "match-box" but Laplink may have a different name for that. My final caveat is, I have never used this Microsoft program.
Steve Lehman, mcse
I just want to come back to what I said if no practical way of transferring from Mac to PC is found.
Then you are in the situation in which you transfer your files for management by another software on a different computer, with or without the same OS. Or in the situation when you want to share a recent PSE catalog version with somebody else and an older PSE version.
1 - There can't be a catalog catalog conversion. Your goal is to include the organizing features in the files themselves and recover them by re-importing in a new empty catalog.
2 - The transfer of the media files library is explained in detail by Steve.
3 - Storing tags and captions in the media files header or xmp sidecar files is a pre-requisite
4 - Reimporting the files in a new catalog will lose albums, stacks/version sets, albums and keywords hierarchy structures. You can prepare your files before moving and reimporting to recover albums and hierarchies. The following faq from John R Ellis my help understand the process better:
5 - The folder hierarchy itself is not really an issue if you are organized with your virtual tags and albums hierarchies.
I want to correct you on a few things before you get started.
1. The cable you have is a 3.0 cable and with its "lump" it may not be a transfer cable but is for a 3.0 USB cable, merely a faster USB cable. The 3.0 cables look this way and are for rapid data exchange but is not exactly for stable data transfers from storage and drives. Please get a traqnsfer cable from Laplink you'll be glad you did. Spending a few dollars on one is worth it.
2. While doing a backup of your catalog onto an external drive is best, an incremental using Window backup utility may not be as good as you think. Windows may not return the copy unless it is from that computer and even then it may not recognize it. Windows has had that problem in the past with its backup utility.
My personal rule of thumb is to do the old copy/paste to copy files to an external drive folder, although that may take longer to select each file, but when you copy back your files, you will do the same copy/paste again and you won't have a problem with the Windows copy utility.
I've gotten into this habit of the copy/paste to a folder in the external drive when I copy files to the external drive then back to another newer PC. You can always hold the control key to mouse-copy several files at once then right-click to copy quick, then right-click to paste to its destination folder.
If you copy to a new PC by using the Windows backup utility, sometimes Windows might 'see' your destination disc (even an external drive) as a "foreign disc" to that computer. I'll tell you why. In 1999 Microsoft made such "foreign discs" change to "read only" discs (corrupted them) because the company was battling disc piracy with its own Windows software which appeared to be exactly the same as coming from Microsoft when actually it was not their real software. I would hate to see your entire external drive be corrupted into a "read only" condition. Be careful. The copy/paste method prevents this mistake.
Don't forget you are copying tags and all data for your catalogs. Don't lose the files. You want it all in a copy/paste method and plan your moves and be careful with what you do.
From here forward, Michel will help you with the catalogs. But paste them into their folders. Frankly, I don't use the catalog, as I use my own system of folders within folders to sort everything and then I know where everything is as I label stuff accordingly. I am hearing lots of engineers are using this method successfully. Yes, the catgalog files are weird when you get to version 15. Eventually you will upgrade so my suggestion is to find a different method of filing as an alternative, to give yourself a break.
My filing is like this: In the Pictures folder, I make another folder for "My customers" then inside that folder, I make another folder with my customer's name on it, then inside that folder as I worked on their photos in the editor I have each of their photos in a number-order such as name-1a and name-2a according to each photo. Then to save each edited movement like a layer, (from the editor) I save the photos (consecutively) as name-1b and name-1c. That way I have an hierarchy or an order to which I can find everything, and each is saved consecutively as I go along.
I don't expect you to conform to my filing, but we use this method in our business so that another editor can take over my photo work and all of it makes sense to everyone and we just keep working using consecutive files and folders. I always will have a date and time the folder was made, and the photo was made, etc. I only need to right click and click on Properties to find that information. It's a system we use in our company and it works for all of us. And, this is why I don't use the catalog.
- the pdf organizer manual: click on the corresponding link on the faq to download the manual.
- Post in the dedicated Premiere Elements forum where you'll find the experts for video.
I don't use Macs nor Premiere Elements, but I do follow the above forum to find issues linked with the catalog or with backups.
The most outstanding difference is that video editing necessarily implies that you create and store/backup projects, whereas it is less common for photo editing (slideshows, books...)
The projects themselves group all necessary assets for your video and they are included in your catalogs, they keep everything in the backups and the restore. I think that even if Premiere includes other ways to save the project, the backup-restore is still the best method.