10 Replies Latest reply on Nov 29, 2011 11:32 AM by able123

    In Premiere Pro CS5.5 AVI file imports audio only - no video.

    bgcat00 Level 1

      I've got a file (one of 3) I've been given to create a smaller file (320x480) from.

      The (problem) file is an avi file and plays (video and audio) just fine in the native Windows media player. (I'm on Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit) There are no issues of memory or HDisc space.




      The file is 2:21:29 in length.


      Data rate 1489kbps

      Total bitrate 1617kbps

      29 frames/second



      Bit rate 128kbps

      Channels 2 (stereo)

      Audio sample rate 48 kHz


      The file is about 1.6Gb


      This is one of 3 I recieved. The other two were of comparable specs (file format, codec, etc.) and similar length (not exactly but one was slightly longer, the other shorter.)


      The problem is that this particular file (the other two import perfectly), when imported, only comes in as an audio file. No video imports. The other files import as audio and video. No error message either.


      I've imported all kinds of video files in the past with different frame sizes, rates, and aspect ratios, and codecs, yet I've never had one that only imports the audio without the video.



        • 1. Re: In Premiere Pro CS5.5 AVI file imports audio only - no video.
          Colin Brougham Level 6

          Do this:


          1. Download the latest 64-bit static build of FFmpeg from here: Zeranoe FFmpeg - Builds
          2. Open the archive; you'll probably need 7-Zip since the archive is a .7z file. Extract the ffmpeg.exe file in the  archive (it's in the "bin" folder) to the folder containing your AVIs.
          3. Create a text document (Notepad is fine) called "avi2mp4.bat" (no quotes) in the same folder as the AVIs, making sure to change the default TXT extension to BAT.
          4. Paste the following into the BAT file:
            @ECHO OFF
            for %%a in (*.avi) do ffmpeg -i "%%a" -vcodec copy -acodec copy -f mp4 -y "%%~na".mp4
          5. Once you save the BAT file, double-click it; your AVIs will be rewrapped to MP4s without any conversion. The MP4s should correctly import into Premiere Pro.


          Report any troubles. If it doesn't work, grab MediaInfo and use it to analyze the file; you can use Text mode to copy and paste the results of the file analysis here.

          • 2. Re: In Premiere Pro CS5.5 AVI file imports audio only - no video.
            bgcat00 Level 1

            Thanks Colin,


            but... I tried this and while the process seemed successful (if a tad tedious), to the point of creating an mp4 file that was slightly smaller in size by about 13Mb and that plays perfectly well in Windows Media Player.


            However it now doesn't import at all into Premier Pro CS 5.5 now and I get an error (where I got none previously) that says:

            File Import Failure

                Error Message:

                    The file has no audio or video streams.


            I used Media info for the first round of info. I can attach a txt file if needed. If I do so, should it be of the original avi or the converted mp4 file?

            • 3. Re: In Premiere Pro CS5.5 AVI file imports audio only - no video.
              bgcat00 Level 1

              Here's the media info on the original avi:


              Complete name                            : lcn35LE-2.avi

              Format                                   : AVI

              Format/Info                              : Audio Video Interleave

              File size                                : 1.63 GiB

              Duration                                 : 2h 24mn

              Overall bit rate                         : 1 617 Kbps



              ID                                       : 0

              Format                                   : MPEG-4 Visual

              Format settings, BVOP                    : Yes

              Format settings, QPel                    : No

              Format settings, GMC                     : No warppoints

              Format settings, Matrix                  : Default (H.263)

              Codec ID                                 : XVID

              Codec ID/Hint                            : XviD

              Duration                                 : 2h 24mn

              Bit rate                                 : 1 474 Kbps

              Width                                    : 720 pixels

              Height                                   : 480 pixels

              Display aspect ratio                     : 3:2

              Frame rate                               : 29.970 fps

              Standard                                 : NTSC

              Color space                              : YUV

              Chroma subsampling                       : 4:2:0

              Bit depth                                : 8 bits

              Scan type                                : Progressive

              Compression mode                         : Lossy

              Bits/(Pixel*Frame)                       : 0.142

              Stream size                              : 1.49 GiB (91%)



              ID                                       : 1

              Format                                   : MPEG Audio

              Format version                           : Version 1

              Format profile                           : Layer 3

              Mode                                     : Joint stereo

              Mode extension                           : MS Stereo

              Codec ID                                 : 55

              Codec ID/Hint                            : MP3

              Duration                                 : 2h 24mn

              Bit rate mode                            : Constant

              Bit rate                                 : 128 Kbps

              Channel(s)                               : 2 channels

              Sampling rate                            : 48.0 KHz

              Compression mode                         : Lossy

              Stream size                              : 132 MiB (8%)

              Alignment                                : Aligned on interleaves

              Interleave, duration                     : 33 ms (1.00 video frame)

              Interleave, preload duration             : 408 ms

              • 4. Re: In Premiere Pro CS5.5 AVI file imports audio only - no video.
                Level 4

                can you split the avi to a small sample and share it? Ive had probs like this and i cant remember exactly what I did..but it had to do with using virtualdub and maybe one other program.. one for the sound file and one for video...sync wasnt an issue but who knows what will happen if you follow this thru.

                • 5. Re: In Premiere Pro CS5.5 AVI file imports audio only - no video.
                  bgcat00 Level 1

                  I can't send out a piece of the file since the NDA I signed prevents it. Besides, since Premeire is the only editing program I have (that I know of) I can't even get it to import to split it.


                  In case it's of any use, there appears to be no sync errors with the sound when playing it on Windows Media player. The audio is a simple 2 channel stereo stream.

                  • 6. Re: In Premiere Pro CS5.5 AVI file imports audio only - no video.
                    Level 4

                    you can split it using virtualdub IIRC.. but if you think a sample of file " type" to fix prob and share is against your secrecy stuff then forget it..anyway, good luck..

                    • 7. Re: In Premiere Pro CS5.5 AVI file imports audio only - no video.
                      John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                      XVID is a delivery format, not an edit format


                      Find something to convert to DV AVI Type 2 with 16bit 48khz sound


                      Or, if this is HiDef, a HiDef codec that is meant for editing

                      • 8. Re: In Premiere Pro CS5.5 AVI file imports audio only - no video.
                        bgcat00 Level 1

                        This is a standard def (not HD) image. The current audio is 16bit 48kHz. The information in the earlier post is from MediaInfo. Since you recommend 'something to convert to DV AVI Type 2'. What would that 'something' be?

                        • 9. Re: In Premiere Pro CS5.5 AVI file imports audio only - no video.
                          bgcat00 Level 1

                          If I clipped a piece out and then blanked out the video (not deleted, but redacted), would that help or would that defeat the purpose? You may not have done work for anyone with an NDA, but it is not something to be taken lightly. Much of my work (and client loyalty) requires the security of nondisclosure more often for IP, but occasionally for govt regulation.

                          • 10. Re: In Premiere Pro CS5.5 AVI file imports audio only - no video.
                            Level 4

                            if you split file to small segment for sharing ( to troubleshoot ) DONT do anything to the file except split it. otherwise theres no point IMO.


                            get virtualdub ( Free )...open your avi... leave everything at the default settings .... use " save as AVI " and rename the file to what you want for testing...( different than your original avi ).


                            try to import it to editor...see what happens.


                            xvid is wanky ...is for 'viewing' not editing...but you might get something decent out of virtualdub ( which is a great program even though it is free )


                            post results


                            the sync prob wouldnt be until AFTER the export from virtualdub and test how it worked out