Welcome Dialog

Welcome to the Community!

We have a brand new look! Take a tour with us and explore the latest updates on Adobe Support Community.


WAV Files

New Here ,
Apr 13, 2021 Apr 13, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Why can I not import WAV files into Lightroom; used an Olympus OM EM1x with a Sony Tough card the files and WAV loaded onto the desktop fine but when trying with Lightroom it does not even show that the WAV file exists. Please someone help it is driving me mad!!!!

TOPICS
Problem or error

Views

523

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 13, 2021 Apr 13, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

You can import only pictures in Lightroom. Audio files like .wav and so on doesn't work in Lightroom.

wav files can only be loaded for a slideshow.

 

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Engaged ,
Apr 13, 2021 Apr 13, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Because Lightroom is a photo-editing and organizing software. Besides images, it does offer some limited support for video files, but that's it.

Michael

_____________

Michael Niessen - Photographer, photo-editor, educator

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
New Here ,
Apr 13, 2021 Apr 13, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

I have been uploading images with WAV files attached in Lightroom for a number of years but all these have been taken with Canon equipment. It is only since I have purchased an Olympus OM E-M1X that I have had the problem. I know that the WAV files are on the card because I can play it when it is in the camera and also when I upload the file onto my desktop.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
LEGEND ,
Apr 13, 2021 Apr 13, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

[This post contains formatting and embedded images that don't appear in email. View the post in your Web browser.]

 

Richard, are you trying to import a .wav as a standalone file or as a sidecar accompanying a photo?  You can't import a .wav file standalone, but a little-known feature of LR lets you import it as a sidecar to a photo with the same base filename:

johnrellis_0-1618336093832.png

Clicking on the Audio File in the Metadata panel plays it. This is a handy feature for those diminishing number of cameras that support audio annotations.

 

If you're trying to import a .wav annotation from your Olympus as a sidecar, and you don't see it appearing in the Metadata panel, upload the photo and its .wav file to Dropbox or similar and post the sharing link here. We can see if it imports on other LR installations and perhaps diagnose the issue.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
New Here ,
Apr 13, 2021 Apr 13, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

I have never tried to import a standalone WAV so they are all attached to an image. When I look at the metadata having imported from the SD card/Olympus camera there is no Audio File however if I do the same thing with the CF card from the Canon the audio file shows up and when I click it it plays the recording.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
New Here ,
Apr 13, 2021 Apr 13, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

This is a image with the WAV file attached

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
LEGEND ,
Apr 13, 2021 Apr 13, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

"When I look at the metadata having imported from the SD card/Olympus camera there is no Audio File"

 

If you use Windows File Explorer or Mac Finder to copy a photo and its .wav file from the card to your desktop, and you import the photo into LR from the desktop, does the Metadata panel show the .wav sidecar?

 

"This is a image with the WAV file attached"

 

Unfortunately, only the .jpg was attached to your post -- there was no .wav file also attached. I don't think this forum allows you to attach .wav files.  So you'll have to use Dropbox, Google Drive, or a similar service and post the public sharing link here.

 

 

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
New Here ,
Apr 13, 2021 Apr 13, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

I am afraid that I imported the card onto my desktop and then formatted the card & now unfortunately I am unable to find the import; however before I lost the import I did in fact open it and it showed all the images with the WAV audio files underneath so they were on the card and my mac was able to open the file and play the content. I will do another tomorrow for you.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
New Here ,
Apr 13, 2021 Apr 13, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

This is the test shot with the WAV audio file attached

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
New Here ,
Apr 13, 2021 Apr 13, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

This is an image taken on my Canon DS Mk111 with a WAV audio file attached which Lightroom is quite happy to import and play back. This is taken off a CF card whereas the cards in my Olympus are SD cards-not that that would make any difference!!!!! Good luck

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
LEGEND ,
Apr 13, 2021 Apr 13, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

That Canon sample photo also imports with the .wav into my LR, as expected.  Let's see what happens with the Olympus sample you post tomorrow.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
New Here ,
Apr 14, 2021 Apr 14, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Hi Guys

 

This is the image with the WAV file attached and I sent it to you last night; the P prefix signifies that it was taken on the Olympus

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
LEGEND ,
Apr 14, 2021 Apr 14, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

"This is the image with the WAV file attached and I sent it to you last night; the P prefix signifies that it was taken on the Olympus"

 

Nothing was attached this time :-<

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
New Here ,
Apr 14, 2021 Apr 14, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Hi John, if you go back through our correspondance to the communication before the one which included the Canon image you will find the attachment that you are looking for. The number is P41334912-let me know if you are unable to find it.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
LEGEND ,
Apr 14, 2021 Apr 14, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Oh, I didn't see the .wav for the P*.jpg yesterday, but I see it now.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
LEGEND ,
Apr 14, 2021 Apr 14, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

[This post contains formatting and embedded images that don't appear in email. View the post in your Web browser.]

 

When I put P4133491.JPG/WAV on my desktop and import it into my LR 10.2 / Mac OS, it imports with the .wav sidecar correctly:

 

johnrellis_0-1618416575116.png

Ditto for my Windows machine.

 

When you put a copy of those two files on your desktop and import the .jpg, does the .wav get imported as a sidecar?

 

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
New Here ,
Apr 14, 2021 Apr 14, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Hi John,

 

Just loaded the card into the card reader and then imported off the desktop and heypresto works like a dream but why should it make a difference loading from the card in the card reader  or the card to the desktop and then into LR?

 

Best wishes, Richard

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
LEGEND ,
Apr 14, 2021 Apr 14, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

[This post contains formatting and embedded images that don't appear in email. View the post in your Web browser.]

 

"why should it make a difference loading from the card in the card reader  or the card to the desktop and then into LR?"

 

I just did a test, copying your sample .jpg and .wav onto one of my SD cards.  When I import from the card by selecting it from the Devices section of the Sources panel, the .wav doesn't get imported. But when I  import from the card by selecting it from the Files section, it does get imported:

johnrellis_0-1618427614669.png

 

So try an import again, but make sure you're selecting the card from under the Files section, not the Devices section.

 

I think this is because LR uses an old industry protocol (PTP) for transferring from "devices" (card readers and USB cables connected to cameras), and that protocol (as implemented by Windows and Mac OS) doesn't support audio file sidecars.

 

Adobe is effectively deprecating the importing of photos via Devices -- it's slow and it has problems with capture dates. Many versions ago, LR defaulted to using the Files section for importing from cards.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
New Here ,
Apr 14, 2021 Apr 14, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Hi John, thank goodness you showed the image showing the files section; I have to say that I do not think that I have ever used the devices section as I was not aware that it was there. So I will probably upload them onto my desktop and then into LR. I do not suppose that the fact that there will be probably 300 images + 300 WAV files will make any difference. I will next be photographing this Sunday so hopefully you will not hear from me but if I have any problems I will get back in touch. Many thanks, Richard

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
LEGEND ,
Apr 14, 2021 Apr 14, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Before copying the files to your desktop, insert the card, open the Import window, and make sure the card is selected under the Files section of the Sources panel, not the Devices section.  My hypothesis is that for the Olympus card, LR has been selecting the Devices section, whereas it normally selects the Files section (e.g. for your Canon card).

 

Importing from the card via the Files section should be no different than copying the files to your Desktop and importing them from there.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
New Here ,
Apr 15, 2021 Apr 15, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

OK John, I will be in touch on Monday to let you know how I have got on. Many thanks for your help.

 

Richard

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
New Here ,
Apr 27, 2021 Apr 27, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Hi John, sorry that I failed to get back to you on last monday, but just to let you know that everything is working perfectly so all is good. Can you also tell me why Lightroom Classic sometimes creates it's own nos for the image files rather then importing the no. created by the camera which is essential for my work. 

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
LEGEND ,
Apr 27, 2021 Apr 27, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

LATEST

[This post contains formatting and embedded images that don't appear in email. View the post in your Web browser.]

 

"Can you also tell me why Lightroom Classic sometimes creates it's own nos for the image files rather then importing the no. created by the camera which is essential for my work."

 

Do you mean the numbers in the imported filenames, e.g. P2100074.ORF? If those are changing on import, then you have enabled File Renaming in the Import window.  Uncheck the option Rename Files:

 

johnrellis_0-1619544489620.png

 

 

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines