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Some .avi video get stuck at the same place when added to to assets

Community Beginner ,
Jun 13, 2022 Jun 13, 2022

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I am currently working on a Premiere Elements 2022 project and most .avi files (all from the same source and capture software) can be imported without a problem. However, about 1 out of 10 get stuck at "Generating peak file for xxx.avi" with a different %, always the same for a given file.

The files read fine in VLC, Windows Movies. I even used VLC to create a clip of one of those files but when I want to edit the file within Premiere, it is a little annoying.

It seems like this problem has been around for a while because I crossed it with multiple past version of Premiere Elements (been a user since Elements 12). Is there a work around for that? Can we disable generating those peak files?
Any suggestion would be welcome, I am trying to get this project done pretty urgently.

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Jun 14, 2022 Jun 14, 2022

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There could be any of thousands of codecs at work in that AVI. Open the AVI in the free download MediaInfo. In MediaInfo, set View to Text and then copy the text of this report and paste it to this forum. With this detailed information we may better be able to advise you.

 

Also advise us how much free, clean space is on your C or main hard drive.

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Jun 14, 2022 Jun 14, 2022

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Hi Steve and thanks for your reply.

Here's the output of MediaInfo, similar to working AVIs:

General
Complete name                            : C:\Users\Sylvain\OneDrive\Bureau\Thomas 30 ans\2003 Projet Thomas.avi
Format                                   : AVI
Format/Info                              : Audio Video Interleave
Commercial name                          : DVCPRO
Format profile                           : OpenDML
File size                                : 1.77 GiB
Duration                                 : 8 min 45 s
Overall bit rate mode                    : Constant
Overall bit rate                         : 28.9 Mb/s
Recorded date                            : 2006-02-17 18:13:15.000

Video
ID                                       : 0
Format                                   : DV
Commercial name                          : DVCPRO
Duration                                 : 8 min 45 s
Bit rate mode                            : Constant
Bit rate                                 : 24.4 Mb/s
Width                                    : 720 pixels
Height                                   : 480 pixels
Display aspect ratio                     : 4:3
Frame rate mode                          : Constant
Frame rate                               : 29.970 (29970/1000) FPS
Standard                                 : NTSC
Color space                              : YUV
Chroma subsampling                       : 4:1:1
Bit depth                                : 8 bits
Scan type                                : Interlaced
Scan order                               : Top field only
Compression mode                         : Lossy
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)                       : 2.357
Time code of first frame                 : 00:06:13;10
Time code source                         : Subcode time code
Stream size                              : 1.76 GiB (100%)

Audio #1
ID                                       : 0-0
Format                                   : PCM
Format settings                          : Big / Signed
Muxing mode                              : DV
Muxing mode, more info                   : Muxed in Video #1
Duration                                 : 8 min 45 s
Bit rate mode                            : Constant
Bit rate                                 : 768 kb/s
Channel(s)                               : 2 channels
Sampling rate                            : 32.0 kHz
Bit depth                                : 12 bits
Stream size                              : 48.1 MiB (3%)

Audio #2
ID                                       : 0-1
Format                                   : PCM
Format settings                          : Big / Signed
Muxing mode                              : DV
Muxing mode, more info                   : Muxed in Video #1
Duration                                 : 8 min 45 s
Bit rate mode                            : Constant
Bit rate                                 : 768 kb/s
Channel(s)                               : 2 channels
Sampling rate                            : 32.0 kHz
Bit depth                                : 12 bits
Stream size                              : 48.1 MiB (3%)

562 GB free on drive C; - SSD.

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Jun 14, 2022 Jun 14, 2022

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That's a very basic DV-AVI. I don't see anything that would cause a problem for Premiere Elements. And you've got plenty of room on your hard drive. I assume you've got a modestly powered computer with adequate RAM.

 

So there's nothing I can see that would cause your problems. In fact, DV-AVIs are an old format that Premiere Elements should be able to handle without even working up a sweat! You might run into issues if your files are especially large, like more than 20-30 minutes, but even then it's unlikley.

 

Maybe someone else here will have a suggestion.

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Jun 14, 2022 Jun 14, 2022

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Computer with an i9 processor with 20 cores and 32 GB of RAM. I've got some AVI files over an hour that processed just fine in less than a minute. My guess is the audio stream is somehow corrupted and the thread that loads it gets lost... definitely seems like a bug to me...

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That could possibly be so. If there's a bottleneck, it's that your video's audio is PCM, Dolby Digital, which is no longer supported by Premiere Elements.

 

But I'm surprised, with all your power and with such a basic video format, that's an issue at all.

 

You can certainly convert your video to an MP4 with AAC or uncompressed audio using Handbrake. (I can direct to easy instructions for doing that.) But I hate to see you having to convert all your video -- even if it would certainly resolve your issue.

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I happened to have a software that can convert video and audio to another format. I passed the AVI I sent you the info about (8m45s) through it, no conversion (that is same codecs out than in) and Premiere Elements was then able to read it...

Fortunately, out of the 20ish source videos I am using on the project, only three were in this situation, so I got over pretty quickly. Also happy to learn about Handbrake, which I did not know.

Finally, is there a way to report issues to Adobe's team? I think it would be worth letting them know...

Thank you for your support.

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