Read Bill Hunt on a file type as WRAPPERhttp://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037?tstart=0
What is a CODEC... a Primer http://forums.adobe.com/thread/546811?tstart=0
What CODEC is INSIDE that file? http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037?tstart=0
Report back with the codec details of your file, use the programs below
For PC http://www.headbands.com/gspot/ or http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en
For Mac http://mediainfo.massanti.com/
Once you know exactly what it is you are editing, report back with that information... and your project setting, and if there is a red line above the video in the timeline, which indicates a mismatch between video and project
Also, See the 2nd post for a picture of the NEW ITEM pointer http://forums.adobe.com/thread/770072?tstart=0
Do you have SoundBooth?
If so, I would try ripping the Audio from your MOV file, and then Saving that as PCM/WAV @ 48KHz 16-bit, to see how that Imports into PrPro.
If you do not, then perhaps look into the free audio-editing program, Audacity to do that test.
Also, per John T's reply, knowing the exact specs. of the Audio would be helpful.
Thank you both for replying so quickly.
I've installed GSpot and the CODEC for the files is avc1, H.264, "Codec Status Undetermined."
Under Audio, the CODEC is raw: 8-bit unsigned, 12000 Hz, "Status Undetermined."
John, I'm not sure which project setting you're asking me to provide.
There is a red line above the video but I'm not sure what you mean by a "mismatch between video and project." There's a red line in other projects that are working fine.
And I don't know what the New Item icon you showed me would have to do with this issue.
Of course, the thing that's most frustrating is that I have clips from the first time I captured video, which work perfectly fine. They have the exact same CODEC settings as the ones that are messed up.
Bill, I do have Soundbooth, so I'll try that. But that's my issue -- I'm just taking short videos from my company's softball games and trying to put a few clips together for my friends. If I have to do multiple steps like exporting audio separately, I'm not going to bother. It's a shame this is so complex.
Thank you both again so much for your help. Hopefully the information above will provide a key to what I could do re. the CODEC.
Bill, I just realized I must not understand what you mean by "ripping" the audio from the MOV file in Soundbooth. I assumed that meant I had to import the clip first but, when I do that, it comes in with the same issues that it has in Premiere.
Instead of importing the audio portion from PPro, try simply opening the .mov file in Soundbooth, independent of the rest of your workflow. You should see the waveform open up in the editor. From there you can save it as a .wav file and import it to PPro, then drag it into the timeline over the top of the existing (bad) audio.
That is what I did. I imported the file directly into Soundbooth, but the waveform was already corrupted or whatever the term is to describe the problem.
And to clarify, I tried both the Open and the Import functions just to see if the results would be different -- they weren't.
Just to make sure that I am following correctly, the MOV file plays fine in players, like QT Player, or VLC, or MediaPlayer Classic, but when it is Opened in SoundBooth, it is corrupt. Is that correct?
As for the New Icon, this screen-cap (courtesy of Joe Bloe Premiere) should show what John T was talking about:
Yes, you're understanding correctly.
As for the New Item icon, I'm just not sure what relevance that has to my specific problem.
For the corrupted Audio, probably nothing, but that had been offered by John T. Smith to get your Sequence to match your Source Files perfectly.