What model camera?
I have tried loading 5D footage into After Effects and Premiere Pro and the Audio is available as one would expect.
Are you copying the entire PRIVATE folder from SD card to hard drive?
Are you using Premiere Pro's Media Browser to import the clips?
Are you waiting for the conforming process to complete?
If yes to all three above questions, do you see the VU meters moving while playing a clip? Does the waveform appear on the timeline?
All I have are the actual .MTS files. It seems that the person that filmed the footage only kept the vide files. I am not sure what other files there would have been with the ones that I currently have. The files play with audio in vlc player.
I am selecting File -> Import in Premiere.. I have also tried using the Media Browser with the same outcome.
I notice there is no audio at the bottom of the preview screen. it had the video drag icon but the audio drag icon is greyed out. (ususlly you could drag audio or video from here to the sequence)
When draging the whole source to the sequence only the video bar appears. no audio tracks appear in the audio bars below.
If there are crucial files in the that would be needed to work with these, is there a way to generate them, of convert the file format to make importing them possible?
There's no way to generate all the missing files. Talk to your shooter. Tell him you need the entire top level PRIVATE folder, or he doesn't get paid.
damn.. he wasn't getting paid anyway, just had a lot of bts stuff I wanted to use.. Is there any way at all to convert the files into another format, or atleast turn the audio into an audio file to import seperately into premiere? If I can listen to it on vlc there must be a way to get it into Premiere?
As I understand, all the files outside the .mts files were deleted. :/
You could most likely convert them using a program like 5DTORGB, and then pull them back into Premiere. Although there is a chance this won't work, however in most cases I find it usually does work. Just be prepared to lose your metadata.
If your on a PC I'd recommend downloading their beta version it will allow you to transcode your AVCHD to ProRes HQ.
All you have to is provide them a correct email address and they'll send you a download link. When you transcode though keep in mind that it's going to make your file sizes much much larger, however this because ProRes is much less compressed than AVCHD video is. You do need to keep in mind though that ProRes HQ is visually lossless. If you chose to use another free converter program you'll most likely get stuck chosing a lossy format. Another nice thing though, is that it works on MAC too. Your shooter needs to know not to do this again though, because as you already know at this point. It can cause big issues...
This may or may not work for you... Convert AVCHD to HDV http://forums.adobe.com/thread/390605 - note that the message is in the Premiere Elements FAQ area, but the conversion software links provided in the message have nothing to do with any specific version of Premiere