Just opened a Premiere project and went to edit a title. Although the title still shows up as a purple clip, and is still in the same location in the project explorer, it is no longer able to be edited, but instead plays like an AVI file. Also, it seems the underlying video and title have been merged into one clip on the timeline instead of two overlapping clips.
I have no idea why or how this has happened or if it can be reversed. There are quite a few titles in this project and all are the same... Help!
Screenshot below: See in the project explorer where the title files have been converted, plus in the timeline how all videos are compressed on Track 1 as a newly created avi.
I have no idea why or how this has happened
The only possible way it could have happened is someone exported video and title as a new .avi file and replaced the title in the sequence with that new clip.
Looks unlikely in such a well organised Project Window but...do the Titles exist (as titles) anywhere in the Bins?
Did the original title also have the image in it or was it a "super" with alpha channel over the image in a separate video layer?
No doubt in my mind that someone has rendered this out as an avi.
Just did a double check through the project explorer. No surprises - the titles don't exist anywhere else. Their original positions in the project tree are as shown in the picture above - they have been replaced by the AVI files containing title & video merged into one. If I click the new "title" it comes up in the source monitor like any other video, where previously the title editor would appear.
The original title was just a super imposed text using the "insert title" in Premiere to create the title in the project tree. It was then positioned in the timeline on video track 2, with the underlying video (a frame hold clip) on track 1. The weird thing is, there is really no fixed relation between the title and the underlying video, yet this relationship has become fixed for all time by the conversion to avi.
If I knew how to do this intentionally, would be a good start...but no matter what I try, cant duplicate it on a new title.
Jim...there must be another way this could happen. There is no way it was done manually. Each title would have to be exported as its own clip based on in/outs, then brought into the explorer & named exactly as the previous title, and then installed on the timeline & previous title files deleted...even with some late night editing sessions blurring my perception of reality, that is the sort of painful process I would remember. What would even be the benefit of such a crazy action?
Jim...there must be another way this could happen. There is no way it was done manually.
There really isn't. Someone exported that title and clip into a new .avi file. Assuming an ordered universe without magic, the process you describe really is the only possible way to get this result.
Got me beat and I would love to hear about it ..if you ever discover how it occured.
1. If you right click on the avi and use "Reveal in Explorer / Finder"
...is the avi file in anywhere logical to you and the rest of the media?
2. If you then do a test clip and Export to Media using AVI..it may default to the Export Location as above in 1. or not.
Not exactly sure what this proves at the moment except it may determine user involvement in the issue.
Found the answer after reviewing the backup files...which showed the clips were once AEP linked compositions, not Premiere titles (also explains why I couldn't match the font with a new title!)
Easiest way to detect was to see the "edit original" in the right click which promptly opened a neat little AEP project where the titles had been added over stills of the original footage using the "replace with after effects composition" feature, The thing that confused me was them being AVI's - but this makes sense as some jkind of conversion of AE linked comp.
The thing that confused me was them being AVI's
Were they really? Or was that just part of the clip name? The Edit Original behavior suggests the latter. Genuine AVI files would have required the aforementioned export process.