I tried the "Modify clip" window in "audio channels" dialogue, but the option to change it from mono to stereo was disabled.
You can only use that option from the project panel before the clips are placed on the timeline.
I know. It says so in the manual.
The problem is not with the actual footage in the project panel. When I place the clip on the timeline the problem doesn't happen.
As I explained, I am NOT placing the clips on the timeline. The timeline was imported via AAF from an AVID project. The real issue is in the importing of that AAF.
Since AVID, unlike Premiere, treats stereo as dual mono, Premiere got confused and imported the clips as mono clips on the timeline, even though they refer to stereo files.
In CS5 it looks to be a lost cause, but with CS6 I have some shred of hope that there might be a solution to this.
I hope someone has an idea...
Post a screen shot of the sequence.
Is it a question of changing Preferences -> Audio -> Default Audio Tracks -> Stereo Media to mono before importing the AAF?
Although maybe I'm missing something; if there's only audio on the left hand channel, why do you want them to play in stereo?
The footage has 2 separate audio channels derived from 2 separate microphones.
The problem is that only one of the two audio channels is played back on the imported timeline.
When the footage was imported to AVID, AVID splitted the stereo as dual mono, and probably as a result, when importing the AVID timeline into Premiere, Premiere misinterpreted the "dual mono" tag and placed the clips on a mono track.
This also might be as a result of the file renaming they did in the AVID project. I have to re-link the footage manually, as a "replace footage" operation. The replace footage operation works great and very easiy and quickly, but then it only plays one of the two audio tracks.
The only way I found so far, that allowes me to playback both audio channels, is to create a sub-clip and then replace the original clip with the sub-clip. This, however, is a completely impractical solution, considering the duration of the project and the complexity of the timeline. There must be a more simple and streamlined way...
I really hope somebody here would know what to do.