the only codecs that are in there are animation, AVI, and MP4...
so those should already be installed right?
I haven't tried creating a fresh project...what would that tell me if that worked?
Thanks - I need as much help as possible as soon as possible, need to figure this out today or by tomorrow...the latest
...and I locate them on external hard drives...the folders are empty.
This seems a bit contradictory.
If you located the files, then the folders aren't empty.
Try skipping offline media files when you open the project,
then relink media from within the project by selecting the
missing media, right-click>Link Media.
Then navigate to the location of the media files and link.
Well, AVI and MP4 are just wrappers, not codecs... There's a great article somewhere here on the forums about codecs vs wrappers, and what you need to do to determine your specific codec and if your machine has it. I've got all that info on my office computer, but I'm home and don't have quick access to it, but a quick google search with your domain set to this forum should give you those links.
Anyway, creating a fresh project and trying to import your media there will tell you if Premiere really does have the proper codecs installed, and tell you quickly. One option (if you can't get your original project to work) would be to create a new project, import your media, and then import that project into your original one... then you'd have to go through and manually re-link your media (by doing right-click in the timeline/replace with clip from bin, making sure the proper clip in the bin is highlighted each time). It'd be a pain, but at least you'd get your media back in.
Now, another thought has occurred to me, though--is it possible that your files have changed name in any way? I mean any way at all?. When you're in the process of trying to find your original media, you'll see a checkbox in the browser window that says "show only matching files." If that box is checked, it won't show ANYTHING else but files that EXACTLY match the name of your original... it can be a huge help to have that box checked if you're looking through a folder with a ton of files that have similar names, but it can also be a pain--and I've found that it doesn't always work--sometimes it will show nothing when I know the file's there.
So the first thing you need to do is go back into the re-linking media section and make sure that box isn't checked. If that doesn't work, try the new project. If that doesn't work, then you need to go find that article that describes codecs vs wrappers, and download the proper program to determine what codecs you have installed on this new system. That program should be linked from that discussion.
David, thanks for the help...I really appreciate it.
The file names have not changed at all...that's a key point to bring up, however...nothing has changed so we can eliminate that.
I'll try creating a new project...should I just copy/paste the timeline contents into new project - then link media?
How do you mean "and then import that project into your original one" ...create a new project, with all newly imported media and then go back to original project and import the new project into it?
would it be easier to do what I outlined above (copy/paste)...first off, I'd need to see if it can even import what's missing on the original project...
I'll check out the wrappers/codecs...thanks for that...
Thanks again - please, anymore suggestions/knowledge anyone else has on the topic would be super helpful.
Well, you could go either way--create a new file and import your old one for to bring in the timelines, or create a new file and import it into your old one for access to the media. Really six of one/half dozen of another honestly.
That's just a really odd problem to be having--doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.
David - wanted to let you know that your suggestion worked...well kind of
I found out that the issues were mainly with my computer - regarding the original post about intermittant fuzziness.
About the files not importing/folders showing up but not the files...
I opened an original project. When I did that, the files within the folders magically...were present.
But it wasn't that easy.
I had to get the original project into the newly created project so the easiest way that worked was copying and pasting the original project into the new project timeline.
But then, the files didn't show up again after I did this...
So I forget what I did because I went through a ton of attempts but I finally got the files to show up and I linked each piece of media with the timeline elements.
All but one of the media elements linked.
It gave me an error message for the one that didn't:
The selected file does not contain video media used by clip references in one or more sequences. These video clip references will be deleted, and cannot be undone. Do you want to continue?
That was an AVI video that didn't import but the rest of the AVI's with the exact same settings did import.
And the computer I was on didn't play AVI video's (only the audio) - which is what about 3 of the video elements in the timeline were composed of. I donwloaded codec's from DivX and I think Microsoft codecs and maybe one more set of codecs that all were supposed to have AVI within them but the computer still only played the audio.
So I rendered that portion (video file that didn't import) on old computer at super high data rate to combat the fuzziness and brought that video into the timeline and went on with the rest.
So I don't know what was up but I kept going til I found a way.
Thanks for your help David and everyone else
Ok, your other problem (with it not finding the video references) is due to
a clip that is somehow corrupted. That happened to me with a number of
pieces of RED 4k footage I had when I made the migration from CS4 to CS5.
The fix is pretty painless, too. I'll shamelessly copy and paste the fix
solution from Colin, who gave it to me back in October of last year...
here's the fix:
Download MPEG Streamclip, and unzip it--no install needed. The latest beta
version is fine.
Open one of the broken files in MPEG Streamclip.
Select File > Save As, and select a new save location. You probably want to
keep the file name the same as the original (this is the default).
For more background on that problem, check out my thread here: