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Workaround found. Let me know if it works for you. When I have more time, I will experiment in order to try and explain to myself why did it work, but for now it works.
I was about to start getting frustrated at the same problem. My HDV timeline would encode into H.264 for iPod, H.264 for Blu-Ray and many other formats, but as long as I selected "YouTube", it would encode all the way and produce video and audio streams in the output folders, but it would then fail with "Multiplexing has failed. Please recheck settings and try again." I've rechecked settings (no idea which, but I re-checked them all) and it still failed. The only thing I hate more than error messages are useless error messages. But complaints aside, here's how I worked around the problem.
1. Export HDV timeline into MPEG2 - same settings as HDV 1440.
2. Create new PPro CS3 project with settings conforming to YouTube: 320x240, progressive, 30fps.
3. Import the HDV MPEG2 file into the new project.
4. Create new timeline.
5. Scale down the HDV MPEG2 footage to fit nicely within 320x240 timeline.
6. Export to H.264 YouTube.
Worked for me.
Well, I am officially stunned!
I just downloaded Premier Pro CS3 3.1.1 update. After the update installed and I verified that the version number in the About box indeed changed, I decided to try this encoding once more on the same timeline it used to fail.
It did not fail!
Before installing 3.1.1 update, it was failing on every attempt, now it worked fine on three different timeline.
Just wanted to take a moment to thank people at Adobe for the great work!
> Just wanted to take a moment to thank people at Adobe for the great work!
Good, we must. It will encourage them to fix more thing/bugs!! ;-)
I Wonder if this will now extend the debate re "best settings for Youtube". I previously agreed with (wonderousmedia)- the Apple ipod 720x480 H264 as giving the best results after youtube had re-encoded. Shall have to try some more experimentation
I will try this set of settings tonight.
So far couple of videos I uploaded to YouTube after encoding with YouTube H.264 preset came out looking ok from Premier but were converted to not-so-good-looking videos by YouTube. So, I am definitely looking for alternatives.