Often user custom presets and the like are lost with a Premiere Elements uninstall. The following will detail how to restore the following types of user creations to the reinstalled Premiere Elements 11 or 12 on Windows 7 or 8 64 bit without having to recreate them.
- User Custom Project Presets located in the new project dialog (like the 1080p50 5.1 channel and 1080p60 5.1 project presets whose creations were described in an April 2013 blog post).
- User Saved Effects Presets located under fx Effects/My Presets
- User Custom Export Presets created under the Advanced Button of the preset selected in the Publish+Share/Computer/ area.
- Styles created in the Titler (See July 2013 blog post for more details on the creation of these Styles.)
- DVD Template created by the user from scratch in Photoshop CS or higher or derived from customization of the existing Adobe DVD Template via the template's .psd files. (Also, see May 2013 blog post on Content.)
How to prevent and protect user custom items from loss with a program uninstall?
User custom items can be copied, saved to the computer hard drive for temporary storage, the program uninstalled, and then, after program re-installation, restored to their places in the program.
User Custom Project Presets Located In The New Project Dialog
Locate User Custom Project Preset on hard drive
Local Disc C
Adobe Premiere Elements 11 or 12
in the Sequence Presets Folder included are the NTSC and PAL Folders with various folders for different formats. In this example, the AVCHD Folder in the NTSC Folder is the target for the file AVCHD 1080p60 5.1 channel.sqpreset saved there and the PAL Folder is the target for the file AVCHDp50 5.1 channel.sqpreset saved there.
Prior to program uninstall, the AVCHDp60 5.1 channel file and the AVCHDp50 5.1 channel file are copied and saved to a folder on the computer desktop for safe keeping and later put back into place in the reinstalled program.
User Saved Effects Presets
Locate User Saved Effects Presets
Local Disc C
11.0 or 12.0
and in the 11.0 or 12.0 Folder is the Effects Presets and Custom Items.prfpset which is a set of the fx Effects that were saved via Applied Effects/Applied Effect Palette/panel for effect (s) expanded, Save Preset procedure there.
Prior to program uninstall, the Effects Presets and Custom Items.prfpset file is copied and saved to a folder on the computer desktop for safe keeping, the program reinstalled, the Effects Presets and Custom Items.prfpset that installed with the reinstalled program is removed, and then the saved Effects Presets and Custom Items.prfpset file is put back into place in that reinstalled program.
User Custom Export Presets Created Under The Advanced Button Of The Preset Selected In The Publish+Share/Computer/ Area
Locate the User Custom Export Preset
Local Disc C
11.0 or 12.0
and in the MP4 Folder would be the User Custom Export Preset created and named "Copy MP4 - H.264 1920 x 1080p60.epr". This User Custom Preset was created in Publish+Share/Computer/AVCHD under the Advanced Button of the preset MP4 - H.264 1920 x 1080p30.
Prior to program uninstall, the "Copy MP4 - H.264 1920 x 1080p60.epr" file is copied and saved to a folder on the computer desktop for safe keeping, the program reinstalled, and then the saved .epr file restored to its place on the hard drive for the reinstalled program.
Styles Created In The Titler
This one needs more work, but this is the tentative plan. Proceed with caution. However, this has been road tested and worked every time.
Locate the workingset.prsl file
11.0 or 12.0
and in the Styles Folder should be a file name workingset.prsl. The user custom styles should be a set in this one .prsl file rather than each created Style having a file of its own. Rename this workingset.prsl to workingset.OLD. Save this .OLD file to the computer desktop for safe keeping.
Then reinstall the program, but do not open it yet. Go to the Styles Folder in the path given, remove any workingset.prsl file found there after the reinstall, place the workingset.OLD in its place, rename the workingset.OLD to workingset.prsl. Open Premiere Elements. The user created Styles should be available again in the Styles section of the Titler.
DVD Template Created By The User From Scratch In Photoshop CS Or Higher Or Derived From Customization Of The Existing DVD Template Via Its .Psd Files
The following excerpt from the May 2013 blog post on Content addressed the placement of user custom DVD template for version 11 (written for 11, but applies also to version 12).
The only exception to this DVD Template situation is in the Disc Menu category Slideshows for its theme Pan and Zoom. That comes ready to go in another location. No downloading required. Adobe location for this is:
Local Disk C
Adobe Premiere Elements 11
and in the Common Folder is the Slideshow category folder which contains the Pan and Zoom theme Folder which contains the assets for the Pan and Zoom theme
As an aside for user customizing an existing DVD Template or creating new one from scratch for Premiere Elements 11, the Common Folder in the above Program Files path would be the folder in which to place a new category folder/new theme folder/ with new theme folder containing the new theme's required files.
Any protection of a user creation here might involve saving the new category folder and its contents referenced in the italic section of the excerpt and then replacing in its hard drive location after the reinstall. No sure if this is over protection, but.
Not sure if this is out of place, but always a good reminder. Do not move the source media after the project has been saved/closed. The consequences include a bad missing media situation with lots of "Where is file....?". Check out the Premiere Elements Project Archiver feature which allows the user to save the project with its assets either via its Archive (Trimmed) or Copy option. See
The following is from a Premiere Elements 11 or 12 Windows 7 or 8 64 bit perspective.
The content of this blog post will be updated from time to time.