Premiere Elements file cross-compatibility between Mac and Windows

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You cannot open .prel files created in Mac on PC's. If you try, you get the error "An unknown error occurred while opening the project." This is a known issue, but very inconvenient for people who work on multiple platforms, or who work jointly on projects with people who use different platforms.
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Christopher Duss

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Andy Video

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You may already be aware of the following (but it is not clear from your post that you do):

1. You can’t just copy a .prel file from one Windows system to another and carry on editing the project there. The .prel file just contains “pointers” to your video clips on the original system – which the new system won’t find.

2. “Copy “ or “Archive” Project will include all the source material to carry on editing elsewhere (provided the version of PrE used is compatible with the one originally used for editing). Note: I have not done this myself so can’t guarantee it works. 

3. If you are in a multi-system and multi-user environment I suspect Adobe would say you need to use Premiere Pro rather than Elements (e.g. see: