Sorry for these problems.
- The project is of gameplay footage with voice over during the gameplay.
- The files I was editing were recorded with a screen recording/streaming software called OBS (Open Broadcaster Software).
- OBS gives you the ability to record up to 6 audio tracks within one single file.
Going on the evidence here, I would think that the way you recorded the files is the culprit. I gather that they are muxed. I would demux the offending tracks in a demux audio program available on the internet as shareware. Can you try that and report back?
Hope that info gets you back on track.
Thank you very much for your response! I feel I should clarify that the problem is with the way Premiere is reading the files, not the way they were recorded. I have made sure every ORIGINAL mkv file (as in the source files of all the clips in my current project, recorded BEFORE I changed the audio hardware preferences in Premiere) still have both tracks by opening them in VLC and listening to each track separately, however when I bring them into Premiere only the first audio track is recognized and is duplicated onto the second track. If I record a NEW video file (as in recorded AFTER I changed the audio hardware preferences within Premiere) it imports perfectly fine with both tracks intact. I can demux the second audio track from all the original recordings, however I would then have to re edit that audio over top of hundreds of video clips in my current project which seems like an absolute nightmare. Unless there is a way to have Premiere re-cut the audio file automatically and place it where it was located in the timeline before then I don't see how that would help me unless I just start over completely.
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- I have made sure every ORIGINAL mkv file
This format is not supported in Premiere Pro. That's probably at the heart of the situation. Transcoding these files to an intermediate codec (ProRes, etc.) with the proper audio intact might be the way to treat these sorts of projects moving forward.
Sorry, I don't have anything too helpful to add. Perhaps someone in a similar situation can offer advice. Anyone?
How was I able to edit an entire 25 minute project using video files that are unsupported? That doesn't really make sense. I have made a video reiterating what I was saying before and showing examples of how Premiere is not importing things correctly. Here is the link.
All of the video files for that example video were recorded with OBS in an mkv format and were edited in Premiere, so I'm not sure what you mean when you say mkv is not a supported format. Again, thank you very much for conversing with me even if my problems end up not being solved. It would at least be helpful to know how to make sure this does not happen again in the future.
I have abandoned the project, remuxed all the original files to mp4, and now premiere at least recognizes both audio tracks. So, the conclusion is that I have to start the whole edit over from scratch. Thanks again for the responses, Kevin.