To Start, my laptop:
CPU: Intel® Core ™ i7-2330QM CPU @ 2.00 GHz
CPU Clock Frequency: 2.00 GHz
System Memory: 8 GBytes
Cache Memory: 1 MBytes/6 Mbytes
Manufacturer: Sony Corporation
Model name: VPCF226FM
BIOS VERSION: R1190V#
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
ME Version: 22.214.171.1243
System Type: 64-bit Operating System
I downloaded the 30-day free trial of Premiere Pro CS5.5 with all updates. To play with the program, for my own personal amusement, I wanted to edit together pieces from a bunch of avi videos that I know to play properly outside the program, tested on more than one computer.
At first, importing the files seemed to be no problem, making subclips as I went along.
However, as I continued to import files, there began to be a sound issue--sometimes the sound not being present till I was 1/3 of the way through the clip, sometimes the sound seemingly playing catch up with audio that should be earlier in the video appearing later, sometimes the sound wouldn't come up at all, and still other times I'd be, for example, on video 5 when pieces of audio from video 2 would start playing over the current video.
I initially thought it may just be a memory issue, working with many large video files.
But later, when I went to edit the subclips I made, I found that many of them no longer had sound, even if they did when I initially subclipped them.
Weirdly, in the timeline, there is no consistency, as clips will appear in the video track but only some show audio tracks too. But those with audio tracks don't always play audio and those that show NO audio tracks at all actually do play audio sometimes. Also, those that show audio tracks and don't play them sometimes will show waveforms, sometimes don't. A clip with no waveform may not play 95% of the time, but then occasionally will suddenly have the waveform and play a couple times before reverting back to no audio.
A suitable solution for this personal amusement project would just be to drop a new soundtrack over the thing but, before I even got that far, I tried exporting as avi's and mpeg4's but then get error messages such as:
Premiere Pro has encountered an error.
Error compiling movie.
In case it was a memory issue, I tried starting a new project, only importing 2 videos, but had the same audio and exporting issues.
I'm getting really frustrated as I spent a lot of time importing/subclipping and then even more time prepping before that.
For those who are bound to ask, while new to Premiere, I'm not a novice with editing. I've used Final Cut Pro at work for many years (without such issues).
Thanks for your help.
Couple of things.
At this point, why download the 5.5 trial? I'm surprised it's still available. CS6 is the better version.
Next, not all media is created equally. PP is designed to work with camera generated video. Sometimes media from other sources works, sometimes not. So...you're best bet is to stick to using media you shot yourself from a supported camera.
For editing other kinds of media that PP doesn't handle well, there are a plethora of consumer-grade editors out there which often handle that odd media better than PP does.
>bunch of avi videos
1st, what codec is inside those files?
Read Bill Hunt on a file type as WRAPPER http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037
What is a CODEC... a Primer http://forums.adobe.com/thread/546811
What CODEC is INSIDE that file? http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037
Report back with the codec details of your file, use the programs below... a screen shot works well to SHOW people what you are doing
2nd, did you allow each file to complete the conforming Process?
Watch the progrexx bar at the bottom right of PPro to see the conforming status
If you did not allow conforming to finish, you need to flush the media cache and let conforming finish
Per one of your articles, I downloaded Gpot.
It indicates that all the video files are using 1 of 4 Codecs (all of which are installed on my computer):
XVID XviD 1.1.0 Beta 2
XVID XviD 1.1.0 Final
XVID XviD ISO MPEG-4
XVID XviD 1.1.2 Final
Again, there is a lack of consistency--some videos of each codec working and others not.
Yes, I allowed each to conform, though it seems like it just keeps cycling through the 64 files. Each file takes less than 30 seconds to conform, so in theory, when I open the program, they should be done conforming within 32 minutes. But it seems like it indicates a file is conformed and then, later, puts it through the process again.
However, as I've said, I did do a test wherein I opened a new project with just 2 videos. They had both finished conforming, but audio still wasn't working properly.
How do I flush the media cache to have it re-start from scratch, to see if that helps any?
OK, Xvid, and the commercial version, DivX, are not likely to Import and edit 100%. I am surprised that you have gotten as far, as you have.
I would convert those files to a format/CODEC, that PrPro can use easily. Xvid is NOT one of those. Of course, the ultimate would be to go to before the files were heavily compressed with Xvid, as you will have a major quality loss with either Xvid, or DivX files. If you cannot do that, then convert. You will have zero problems then.
Thanks for your insight.
Do you have any recommendations/suggestions on how I can convert the format from Xvid to a Premiere compatable format, as I currently don't have the source footage to play with?
You might start at http://www.xvid.com/
Tools to Convert to DV-AVI http://forums.adobe.com/thread/415317
Convert SD (Standard Definition) files to DV-AVI Type II with 48KHz 16-bit Audio
As well as the links just above, use Google to find conversion software
I have NOT used the products below, I only forward due to other mentions... so YMMV and all the usual disclaimers... check the links and read to find out if one of the products listed below will rip or convert the files you have to something you need for editing
http://www.magix.com/us/movie-edit-pro/ plus $5 Ship
http://www.deskshare.com/media-converter.aspx Digital Media Converter
http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html Multi-Converter <-- supposed to be very good
I have always used an older shareware converter, DigitalMedia Converter 2.7, (Deskshare - and John T. links to them), and it works well. Deskshare has released several later versions, including a "Pro" version, but I have not used them, so cannot comment.
I have not used the others that John T. linked to, but each has its supporters on various forums.
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