Adobe Premiere Post-Production FAQ

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All media/contents in the Project Library and/or Bins within disappears.
The search bar at the top of the Project Library/Bin window most likely contains text. Clear all text from this search bar:
premiere faq bin search


Newly imported media can’t be found.
Media will always import into the bin which is currently highlighted/selected in the Project window. Be sure to pay attention to which bin is selected prior to importing media. If you know the name of the media, you can use the search bar in the upper left to locate media if you know the name of it:
premiere import issue


Audio is silent on playback in sequence/audio is playing back the same section repetitively.
Possible Solution #1. Re-render all audio by choosing Sequence -> Render Audio (hint: your sequence must be active window in the Application first):
render audio
Possible Solution #2. Clean the Premiere audio cache files by navigating to Premiere > Preferences > Media, and clicking on “Clean” under Media Cache Database:
premiere clean cache
After cleaning the media cache quit Premiere, then reopen Premiere, reload the project, and see if the issue goes away.
Possible Solution #3. If the above methods do not resolve the issue, Quit Premiere, navigate to where your “Media Cache Files” is located on your external hard drive, and rename it to “Media Cache Files Old”. This will force Premiere to re-generate audio data on clips on next launch from scratch and should resolve any audio rendering issues:
premiere rename cache


Audio with two sources is coming in as one flat stereo pair instead of discrete tracks (configure Premiere to treat audio the way Final Cut Pro 7 did).
Before bringing in your clips, right click on any clips in your Project Library/Bin and choose Modify -> Audio Channels:
premiere-audio channels 1
Change the number of tracks to 2, and the channel format to mono and click OK:
premiere-audio channels 2
You may get a message about clips already in the timeline not being affected, click OK. From now on when you bring in clips which you have made this change to, each audio source will come in as a discrete track. If you already added clips into your timeline, you will need to re-insert them to resolve the issue.


Audio goes out of sync when moving clips or making edits.
Possible Solution #1. Verify that Sync Lock is turned ON (not highlighted in Blue) in left portion of your sequence:
premiere - sync lock
Possible Solution #2. A hard drive malfunctioning or running slowly (e.g. USB 2.0) can cause this problem because HD video files are so large. Be sure you have at least a Firewire 800 or USB 3.0 hard drive when editing to avoid this issue.

How to adjust audio levels on a clip.
First increase the audio clip height so you can see your waveforms by pressing Option and + on the keyboard. Next, with your Selection tool chosen (arrow icon), hover over the center area of your audio track. The arrow will turn white, and you drag-click the audio up or down to incrase the overall level. For more specific adjustments see the FAQ item directly below.
premiere - volume adjust


How to keyframe audio (only increase the volume in certain areas) on clips.
Select the Pen Tool in the Toolbar, increase your audio clip height (option + on keyboard), and click in the middle section of the audio track to add keyframes. From there, click and drag on those points to increase or decrease the audio:
premiere - keyframe


A window has disappeared (Project/timeline/effects/etc).
First verify that you are using the default “Editing” workspace by navigating to Window > Workspace Editing. Next, reset the workspace by navigating to Window > Workspace > Reset Current Workspace:
premiere - workspace


Playback/performance issues (frames drop/video lag) OR audio goes out of sync with video playback.
This is common when using an older computer (pre-2012 in most cases). Try to lower the “preview” quality in program monitor to 1/4 by clicking on the Wrench icon in either the Source window or Program Monitor Window (depending on where you are seeing the issue):
premiere - playback quality


How to make new text/titles.
Navigate to File -> New -> Title. Click “OK” on the technical specifications screen that pops up after. After you add text, the new title will appear as a file in your Bin (more information in FAQ item below).
premiere - new title


How to make scrolling credits.
Use the technique listed above to make new text/tiles. When the new title window is open, press the Roll/Crawl Options button in the upper left-hand side of the window and the options pictured below:
premire - scrolling credits


Unable to locate newly created Title.
All new titles will make a title file in the project library/bin, double click to open and edit it again, or drag and drop it into the timeline to add it to a sequence.
premiere - title bin


Video doesn’t fit the frame (Or, how do I resize video to zoom or make smaller?).
Double-click on the image frame in program monitor, this will show a bounding box of the frame, which allows you to click and drag on the corners to increase or decrease size. Hint: to zoom into the frame easily, click the view mode from “fit” to 25% or lower, which will give you extra space to increase the size of the video.
premiere-resize


Fonts are missing or fonts changed to a normal/system standard font.
Check for the warning sign in the bottom right of the Premiere interface(font mismatch), if a font was missing on the system you can double click on this icon to open a new window and this will tell you if there has been a font mismatch or replacement:
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You will either need to pick a more standard font for that text in your film, or install the font on your workstation. Note, it is possible to install fonts on our edit suite stations, however, they must be reinstalled every time prior to opening your Premiere project to avoid an unwanted font substitution from occurring.


Source or Program monitor windows are black instead of showing video picture.
First verify that your playhead is hovering over an area which you are sure contains video data in your timeline or bin. Next make sure that you’re in composite video viewing mode by clicking on the Wrench icon in either the source monitor or Program monitor (wherever you are experiencing the issue:
premiere - wrench


Upon playback or export black frame(s) appear in certain areas.
With your sequence selected, navigate to the top menu item Sequence and choose Go to Gap -> Next in Sequence:
premiere gaps
Next, right-click on the area it moves your playhead to and choose “Ripple Delete”. This will remove the black frame(s) from the section and resolve the issue:
premiere - ripple delete


File is marked red in timeline and reads as “Media Offline”.
premiere - media offline
Right-click on the file in timeline and Choose Reveal in Project:
premiere - reveal in project

Next, right-click on the file in Project window and choose “Link Media”:
premiere - link media

A new window will pop open and you will need to click on the “Locate” button. From there you will need to relocate where the footage exists on your hard drive, select the clip(s), and click OK. If the footage matches, it will fix the issue.

Important: NEVER rename .MTS or .MXF camcorder files on your hard drive. This will cause Premiere to knock the files off-line and they will be very difficult to reconnect.

Also if you have had to re-transcode footage to import, the timecode/metadata may mismatch. In this situation, when right-clicking on the clip, choose “Replace Footage” instead of Link Media. This will help preserve your current edits if the footage doesn’t match frame for frame.


How to export timeline as a standalone file for screening, or upload to web.
Please see our workflow for exporting using Premiere for screening. or exporting using Premiere for Youtube/Vimeo.


Project takes a substantially long time to open (more than 2 to 3 minutes).
Be sure to follow the steps in our “Configuring Adobe Premiere For Mobility” tutorial. Following this workflow will help avoid this issue which is presented by Premiere always re-generating cache files.

Video in sequence/timeline appears small, blurry, or appears letter-boxed (black bars on top and bottom).
It is most likely that you are editing your HD footage in a non HD or incorrectly formatted sequence. It is always best practice when starting a project to make your sequence by right-clicking on a clip in your bin, and choosing “New Sequence From Clip”. If, however, you have already edited a lot and run into this issue, please schedule an appointment with the department post production/technical support to assist you in correcting the issue without having to start over. It is resolvable, but requires many technical steps.
right-click new sequence