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Please post an example MP3 file that we (the community) can take a look at. I was not aware you could embed binary user data in a standard MP3 file.
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I can't figure out how to post a file over here. If you let me know I would be glad to do so. I would then upload the same file with and without the album art.
FYI: Album Art is a picture that can be dislayed when playing a file on a media player and yes, it can be embedded into the file. I use mediamonkey as my player and with that you can add or remove album art in a mp3 file. I have tested it with a few files; when I add the album art the file is not accepted by Premiere, if I remove it the file is OK for Premiere.
Here is a file with album art: http://www.flyupload.com/?fid=495519897
Here is the same file with album art removed: http://www.flyupload.com/?fid=961732419
The first one gives me the unsupported format error, the second one is accepted without any problems.
I just posted links to this thread in several other forums. I've tried to help others, when a few MP3's just did not Import. Usually, many others did.
I'd always look at their files in Audition, but they always looked the same. You may well have broken the "code."
Next time, I'll get a test MP3, and Open it in iTunes first, just to see if it does have album art. Unfortuantely, I've deleted all of the tests (for others), since I had not purchased the files in question.
I had *assumed* that album art was just linked to the MP3 and was in a separate JPG, or similar.
Only MP3's that I ever Import are tiny SFX files, and there would be no album art associated with them. All others get converted to PCM/WAV and that is what gets Imported. I can see why this was never a problem for me.
Fortunately, people working in PP are usually not adverse to converting the files first. In the Premiere Elements forums, they are loathe to do so and want every format to just Import perfectly, all of the time. Same for a lot of users on the Encore forum - many try to Import and use every possible format can cannot understand why it does not work.
Glad I can help, but I haven't quite cracked the code completely yet.
First about AlbumArt: it can be stored and handled by media players in different ways. If you let WMP download AlbumArt it will store it as a seperate jpg. Players like iTunes and MediaMonkey give you the option to store as separate file or embed it.
Now: I just did a test with a couple of more file with embedded albumart and know what: some of them ARE accepted. It would be interesting to see if there are users that have mp3's without album albumart which are NOT accepted. I haven't found any in my library...
Someone on another forum pointed me to this article for Photoshop Elements:
It seems that the album art issue has been known for some time, but only in the PSE forum. Heck, I didn't even know that PSE could Import Audio files, until recently.
Allright, seems like there is an issue with AlbumArt. Importing audio into Photoshop is new to me also.
If Adobe can confirm that AlbumArt is also an issue to import MP3 into Premiere they should also create a technote for that. Or better...solve the issue :-)
What do you mean by "invalid"? My MediaPlayer displays the tags correctly and I have no problem editing them. The only behaviour that I note is that as soon as I remove the albumart, the file becomes acceptable...