A common cause of this error is a gap in your Video Timeline (gaps in Audio are not an issue).
To check for gaps (even 1 Frame), zoom in on your Timeline. Hit Home to get to the start. Hit PageDn to step through the Timeline, one Clip at a time. The CTI should jump from Clip to Clip. If it "hiccups," or seems to pause, then you have likely found a gap. How you close it up, will depend on your Clips, and what you wish to have happen, where the gap exists.
Now, if you managed to catch a % of the process (you could set up a video camera to record the process, and see if you get a TimeCode, or a %), you can zero in on the Timeline at that point. Note: there might be others down the line, so do not stop, if you find one, as there could be others.
Good luck, and I hope that it is something as simple as a gap in the Video.
Hey, I still don't understand what that means. By "gaps", do you just mean if there is a place where there is no video playing? Does it matter what layer it is on? What about title screens, do they count as video?
I don't get what you mean by "Hiccups". It jumps all over the place to each new segment. How can it pause? I mean, it plays through from start to finish when I view it within PP.
Here's a look at the timeline: http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/4430/timelineu.png
At that magnification, I cannot see any gaps, but as I mentioned above, they can be as small as 1 Frame, and throw the "Failure to Return Frame" error.
Now, the Video needs to be contiguous - no gaps. It does not matter if the Clips are on a myriad number of Video Tracks, so long as there is Video the full Duration. One test can be to go to the New icon and create Transparent Video. Place it on a Video Track above the rest of your Clips, at the very beginning of the Timeline. Then, just extend its Duration to be 100% of the Timeline and then test. If you still get the "Failure to Return Frame" error, then it is not a gap, causing your issue.
As for the "find the gap" process, if you zoom in on the Timeline to the max (Frame-level), you can often see the gaps. I would also increase the vertical zoom, and scroll the Audio Tracks out of the way, and make sure that none of them is Targeted If not, hitting Home, and then using the PageDn/PageUp keys, with all Video Tracks Targeted), you will jump from Clip to Clip. With multiple Video Tracks, you have to watch more carefully, than if you only had one Video Track in use. Still, watch the CTI closely. If you see the CTI seem to pause, or only advance 1-2 Frames, when it should jump to the Head of another Clip, that is likely the spot of the gap.
With your error message, did you get either a Frame location TimeCode, or a % of the Duration? That can save a lot of time, as it gives you a likely starting point.
Good luck, and hope that this helps,
Hey, thanks for the explanation. I've tried putting a blank title or something on top of the entire thing, but that didn't seem to solve anything.
The message I get doesn't specify any sort of frame or percentage, which is why I can't seem to match what I'm seeing to problems others have had.
Does it matter what sort of codecs I have installed on my system? Or that it's windows 7, or 64 bit? Perhaps I could try running it in compatibility mode or as administrator or something, but I'm not sure if any of that would help.
Installing codecs if generally a bad move, unless you know what you are doing. K-Lite and other packs are tantamount to inviting disaster to strike, requiring a fresh install of the OS & programs, HuffYuv, Lagarith, MainConcept and Morgan are usually OK to install if needed.
Even codec's like FFDShow, Haali/Matroska, that are usually considered benign, have often been known to be the cause of serious problems.
In general run as administrator. If not you may encounter all kind of weird problems. There is no use running in compatibility mode when using Win7-64. It runs great under that OS, so why would you run in compatibility mode?
Follow Bill's advise to add a transparent video to a higher track over the length of the sequence and then export.
Hmm, that didn't seem to work unfortunately
I've actually installed it on Windows XP 32-bit too (to see if it was a Win 7 issue) , and added a transparent video on top of everything, but it still didn't work.
Any other suggestions? Thanks!
That might be indicative that it is not a gap, but something else in the Timeline. Do you get any indication of where the failure is? It could be a bad, corrupt, or odd Asset at that point.
Do you have any large still images at that point?
Do you have any MP3 Audio at that point?
Do you have any AV Asset, that is unlike all others, at that point?
While gaps are the first suspect, there are other possibilities.
Unfortunately, no message as to where the failure is.
Single mp3 is across the entire movie only.
Not too sure what you mean by AV asset, but all of the clips all of the same format.
I honestly have no idea what this could be :S Shouldn't the program be able to handle these issues regardless? Or at least pinpoint the error a bit more?
Thanks for the help!
You say all the clips are the same format...what is that format?
Actually, I guess that's slightly incorrect. The main video that spans the entire length is FLV, and the videos which are on a different layer are all MPG.
Unfortunately, other than the Assets used, I am out of ideas.
Good luck, though,
My money's on the FLV being the trigger. Where did it come from? Have you tried transcoding the FLV outside of Premiere?
The FLV came from youtube. I haven't tried re-encoding the video, but would that be the problem? I mean, it works fine until about 80% of the transcoding happens. Odd that premiere doesn't give any more detailed information though