For one particular project I have to deal with lots and lots of short clips and several large ones totaling a few hundred GBs. All of these will be edited with a separate soundtrack so for all intents and purposes I DO NOT NEED the audio from these files.
The problem is Premiere Pro insists on generating peaks files for all of them - over a hundred hours of footage. While it does, PP is practically unusable because all the disk access is being taken up generating these useless waveforms. Working on a tight schedule means that such delays are extremely frustrating. Can the peak file function be disabled altogether somehow or another or only on clips/audio files that I select?
Edit>Preferences>Audio has an option to disable generation upon Import.
The sequence wrench has an option to disable on-demand generation. (Show Waveforms)
Unfortunately this doesn't work reliably at all. (I have the same issue. Over and over.)
This setting has to be set before importing files.
Which option need to be change?
ADOBE! Please give us some feedback here - this is extremely frustrating during assembly. As has been stated, the program basically stops functioning as it generates peak files at random for clips in the Media Browser. It inhibits scrubbing through clips in the Media Browser panel, and slows down the workflow tremendously. This has not been addressed for what seems like the last few years looking through other frustrated comments.
Agreed! I have been waiting easily 20 minutes to open an old project while the peak files are being written. Don't know how much longer I have to wait. I think the peak files should only be written when a clip is actually accessed in the source monitor.
Agreed as well!
C'mon Adobe sort it out - working to a deadline and project is running at a snails pace because of these blooming peak files!!
Having this same issue. I haven't been able to work for past hour. I've disabled "Automatic audio waveform generation" in preferences, restarted Premiere Pro, and it still generates peak files. And every time I restart Premiere, it seems like it's starting the peak file generation over again.
This is frustrating. I am currently working with Adobe to identify and fix this issue. I have tried several times to disable auto waveform generation and include captions on import. This works for most files but it seems like some files excessive of 1.25 hours have this issue where it ignores the diable pek file generationa nd thus has to scan the entire file during import causing a major break in workflow. Thanks all for the post jhoping to find a solution soon!
Am glad to hear you are working with Adobe on it mate.
Please do keep us informed of any developments.
4 months and no reply from adobe. This is clear a sign premiere can't handle files properly and does not allow editors to control the software. This make miss Avid a lot and it's one of the reason I only use Premere for short from editorial and avoid Premeire for Long format editorail and mulitpel editors at all. I've benn using premiere since Windows 3.1 and this is unacceptable for a software compant that has been in buissines for such a long time.
Update March 2022 - I have auto waveform generation disabeled, but Premiere 22.1.2 continues to generate Peak files when importing GoPro and GH5 footage.
does the problem go away if you transcodes to prores/dnxhd first? those cameras both have h.264 in common and I'm wondering if they get stuck creating peak files.
Peak files are still generated even if file is ProRes.
are you using external media? I know premiere is hyper sensitive to slow, external cache drives.
I do think that's what it is; I can see it create peak files VERY quickly when I drag in local media. Over the slow network is when it's taking a while.
Overall then, Premiere is not creating waveform files and technically is acting as it should.
Come on Adobe. This issue is costing me money. EVERYTHING is so slow while these stupid files are generated. Can you please fix this issue that has been around for years?
I;ve found that if I create a new project, disable waveforem creation in that project and then copy the sequences from my old project into that new project, close the original project, then it stops creating peak files
I think this isn't a proper way to generating peak file.