4 Replies Latest reply on Nov 10, 2008 9:26 AM by (Christopher_Prosser)

    "Media Pending" on SOME not  ALL Clips

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      Since I'm working with XDCam footage, I have to convert it to MPEG2 Blu-ray before working on it in AE CS3.

      I converted one clip and brought it into AE earlier and it loaded in fine.

      Later in the same day, i converted a shorter clip using the same render template, and imported it into AE, but the video is never available. It continues to show "Media Pending" instead of the footage. Same CODEC as before, just a different time of the day.

      I can see no rhyme or reason to this.

      Since I'm doing a bunch of work in AE this week, all shot with XDCam, I'm going to be revisiting this mess often. I'd really like to find out the cause of these seemingly random failures to import a piece of footage.

      As a workaround, I exported as uncompressed AVI, but the disc space used is almost 7MB per frame. This won't work for hours of footage, obviously.

      Has anyone found the cause of the Media Pending on some clips but not others? Is it the content of the clips that AE objects to? Or is there some random flag set in Premiere's renders that causes the import process to go haywire in AE for some clips and not others?
        • 1. Re: "Media Pending" on SOME not  ALL Clips
          Level 1
          I'd do a Google search on XD Cam Workflow. You'll come up with a bunch of articles.

          You might also want to look at this Adobe Article.

          I wouldn't re-compress anything without checking out the recommended workflows. I would avoid MPEG re-compression at all costs. It's not good for production.
          • 2. Re: "Media Pending" on SOME not  ALL Clips
            Mylenium Most Valuable Participant
            As Rick suggested, do a search. Most of these issues hinge on specific file structures, use of audio tracks and meta data and can be resolved one way or the other. Apparently the most reliable would be to upgrade to CS4, but let's not do Adobe's marketing here ;-).

            Mylenium
            • 3. Re: "Media Pending" on SOME not  ALL Clips
              Level 1
              Rick I can't find a single reference to AfterEffects in that article.
              While I would like to avoid MPEG recompression, the attendant issues with working with uncompressed HD footage (several hours of it in total for this project) is a disc management disaster.

              Mylenium, we're looking at CS4 with interest, but waiting for the bug fixes/patches to settle various issues discussed in these forums before we commit to a new version. Right now there are several show-stoppers which prevent us from going with CS4 (one of them being backward compatibility).

              The real issue for this situation is why AE fails to import clips randomly displaying Media Pending instead of the clip.
              • 4. Re: "Media Pending" on SOME not  ALL Clips
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                Hi Mark,

                I don't know of any reason why the indexing of those files would fail. When reading MPEG2 files AE needs to pre-process it to support random access. You could try deleting the index and trying to import it again.

                http://help.adobe.com/en_US/AfterEffects/9.0/WSEF6D619D-DFA4-467f-AD1A-280C81A19D77.html

                These directions should work for CS3.

                If that doesn't work, try and call support, they have a larger database than I have.

                --chris prosser
                ae eng mgr