Premiere Elements works terribly inefficiently with MP3s, unfortunately.
Using only WAV audio files and you should have much better performance. The free download Audacity can convert your MP3s to WAVs in seconds.
I will second Steve's suggestions. This ARTICLE will give you some tips on starting with MP3 media.
It's easy, and free, to convert MP3's to PCM/WAV @ 48KHz 16-bit, and then Import that WAV file, for editing.
Thanks for the info about Audacity.
I previously used soundforge to record the played back MP3 audio but it was always messy
Great article on MP3 problems, Bill.
Ted, you can try downloading the same audio file in WAV format, rather than converting your MP3 to WAV, as WAV does also have a better quality than Mp3's.
And although these are generally greater in size than MP3's , but still take less system resources to edit.
Thank you Johh,
I agree completely. If music/Audio is available in WAV to begin with, that would be the best, by far, even if it's 44.1 KHz, or even 32 KHz. That would bypass the MPEG compression (MP3) in the first place, and even to my tired, old ears, that compression can be heard, and especially on a good system. This is regardless of whether a particular MP3 causes other issues, or not.
Unfortunately, nowadays it's often tough to find music, that has not been compressed in most available forms. It just depends on what is available.
Good luck to the OP,
Unfortunately nearly every music track is in MP3 or on a flv from Youtube and one has to convert it.
There are many utilities that will convert audio formats. Take a look at the freeware WildFire CD Ripper on Nonags (it's the first one in the Audio Tools section). It's description includes "Additionally, WAV files on the hard drive can be converted to a Compressed Audio File (and vice versa)".
I'm not sure if WildFire supports batch processing - but this one (also free) does: fre:ac
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I agreen and find it very sad. I find MP3 to be a horribly compressed format, but apparently most folk do not care about fidelity, so long as they get some sort of sound.
Now, conversion will NOT restore the lost data, and if the MP3 works fine in PrE, then there is no need to convert. However, many MP3's do not work, and then conversion, say with Audacity, is the way to go.
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Do you think it's necessary to still convert mp3 to wav (as Ive been doing for years but now my music collection takes up way too much space) for use in premiere cc or is this a pointless thing to do?
Are you asking about Premiere Pro or Premiere Elements?
Converting an MP3 to a WAV is not necessary. However, WAvs are much easier for Premiere Elements to work with. So a lot depends on how much power your system has, how long your project is, how many effects you've added to it, etc.
If you're getting poor performance, then often converting you music files to WAVs will resolve the issue.
sorry I meant in premiere cc 2015. I have no performance issues with either, just wanted to confirm there is no reason to convert from mp3 to wav. It wont actually increase the quality will it?
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You are in the Elements forum.
But to answer your question.
If you do not have issues with mp3 there is no need to convert.
Converting mp3 to wave does not increase the quality of the audio, it is just easier to edit as wave is uncompressed opposite compressed mp3.