An MP3 is just about the worst format you could possibly choose for audio productio. The standard video producion format for audio is at minimum 48Khz 16 bit pcm wav file. Start by fixing that. Next type working with audio in the search help field at the top right corner and learn how to use the Ctrl/cmnd to scrub audio and the * key to add markers.
This file was assigned, not chosen. Other students in my class are using .mp3 files without the same error I'm experiencing.
Would converting the file into .wav solve the staggering issue?
Thanks for the hotkey advice, it's noted!
It sounds like your'e not getting real-time previews. What, exact, version of AE are you using? If it's not 13.7.2, you're missing some significant bug fixes that may help.
I'm using AE CC 18.104.22.168 but unfortunately I can't update it whenever I like. The creative cloud account is our school's and requires both admin permissions on the computer and login information for Creative Cloud.
I'm in a bit of a pickle, then. So far seems like I need to: get a wav version of my file, and jump through a couple hoops to update AE CC.
Again, thanks! Everything is appreciated.