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prevaljo [Avatar]
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I have a collection of short as in 30-90 second clips of my granddaughter which I have been compiling into an annual video for Xmas. Sentimental I know. I built the project initially in PD18 where it diplays the usual behaviour, on the timeline you can see the clips and transitions. I opened the project in PD19 it opens OK, previews OK, however the timeline does not show the individual clips and transitions it is simply a grey bar extending for the duration of the video with the first frame at the beginning.

This is obviously by design as I remember references to projects created in PD19 being unusable in PD18, just unexpected the other way around. It's easy enough to recreate as it's only a short video so I am not concerned just faintly amused.
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optodata
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That actually sounds like you have continuous thumbnails turned off and are looking at a zoomed in version of just one clip rather than seeing the entire timeline. Click on the white "-" circle at the far bottom left or use the number keypad "-" to zoom out.

If you still don't see the individual clips, please take a screenshot, save it as a PNG or JPG and use the Attachments button below the forum's text box to share it here.

Also, you're right that once you create or save a project in PD19, you cannot open it in PD18. However, PD19 should be able to open older projects with few or no changes needed.

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I love new software. The short project I opened initially in PD19 from the menu "File/Recent Projects". It looked and felt exactly as it should have. Subsequently as I was exploring PD19 I opened the "Express Projects" menu, and found the project listed there, so I opened it from there, this is the view that gives me the grey bar. Opening the project from "File/Recent Projects" is OK.

Just not expected behaviour as I didn't know that would be the case.
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optodata
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Thanks for the screenshot and the additional description. The Express Project feature was actually introduced way back in PD14 although the new Project Room location icon was just added in PD19

As mentioned in the linked article above, Express Projects are a way of importing an entire project as a single, top-level "clip" that can easily be used in other projects. The imported project is visibly identified by the ͏ pds ͏ logo at the leading edge, and you can double-click on it if you want to expand the project and see (or make changes to) the specific clips within.

Please note that any changes you make to this copy will not affect the original project, so if you do want to make permanent changes you should open the original project directly to edit it.
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