Convert to a WAV first.
This is the proper version. I converted it to a .WAV and that worked fine. However, my friend also tried to import the exact same .mp3 file and it worked fine for him; it just won't work for me. Wierd.
Possibly some sort of bug?
did you say you do not have a trial version of premiere?
It's not the trail version.
I went to the location you specified and I received the information below. The information is useful, but it doesn't actually help me resolve my problem. Converting to a .WAV is absolutely fine, but I'm just curious as to why it won't import .mp3 audio files.
* There is important information about MP3 audio in AVI files in the Premiere Pro 2.0 Readme. Read it.
* Many people successfully use MP3 files, however some people experience problems.
* The fact is that MP3 is a highly compressed audio format and shouldn't be used because of the reduced quality.
* If you really want to use an MP3 file and you are having problems, then convert the MP3 file to a standard WAV file before importing into Premiere Pro.
>but it doesn't actually help me resolve my problem
Your problem is that you can't use an audio file in its current (MP3) format. The information recommends that you convert the file to a format (WAV) that is guaranteed to work.
The reason why the MP3 file is unusable is elusive, but your problem is resolved using the recommended conversion.
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How were the mp3 files encoded? If it was done using an unlicensed or hacked encoder, then the mp3 could be non-standard. That could explain Premiere's refusal to import it.
I use mp3 files occasionally, so I think that it might be something with the particular files you are using perhaps? that being said, it is definitely much better to use wav files than a highly compressed file. but changing it from mp3 to wav won't make it any better, since it has already lost the data.
...sometimes all you need is the proper MP3 "dll" deposited in the Premiere program folder ...