Relinking offline files

Relinking offline files

If files become offline while you are working on a project they will be marked in the Media panel and on any timelines where they are in use.

You will also be notified of any offline files when you open a project.

If a file goes offline you won't lose anything from your project, even if the file has been used extensively on your timelines, as long as you're able to relink it.

What causes a file to go offline?

When you import a file to HitFilm a reference to the file is created in the form of a media asset.

Anything you do with the media asset in HitFilm will not affect the original source file - so you can delete, trim, cut and apply as many effects to the media asset without altering the file on your hard drive.

HitFilm relies on being able to find the source file in its original location. If the source file is moved, deleted or renamed HitFilm will not be able to find the file and the associated media will be marked as offline in your projects.


There are several ways to relink a file, depending on the reason for the file going offline.

Restoring the source file

Often the easiest way to relink a file is to restore the source file to its original state.

If the file has been accidentally moved, return it to its original location.
If it has been renamed, change the name back to the original.
If it's been accidentally deleted, restore it from the Recycle Bin.

After a file has been restored to its original location on your computer, HitFilm will automatically detect it and bring the media asset back online.

Relinking individual files

Offline files can be relinked from the Media panel from the offline asset's menu.

Clicking the Relink button displays a file browser which can be used  to locate the file's new location.

Batch relinking

When you open a project it will be checked for any offline files. If any are found they will be listed in the offline files dialogue.

You can start relinking the offline files in the list by double-clicking on them. This will display a standard file browser which you can use to locate the file's new location.

Each time you relink a file in the list HitFilm will check the other files to see if they can also be found at the new location. Therefore if you have deliberately moved an entire folder of video files you can relink them all by simply relinking just one.