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Premiere Color Labels Disappearing

Community Beginner ,
May 07, 2019

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I've found a couple similar threads from several years ago that talk about this issue, but no solutions have been offered up. I'm hoping to figure out why this is happening:

When working in a Premiere timeline, my color labels are disappearing. I use colors to organize my footage, and having an entire timeline default back to the "Iris" color can be very frustrating. I can fix this only by digging into my Autosave folder and pulling up an older version of the project, and hoping I don't lose much work in the process. Even then, the labels continue to disappear randomly. My best guess so far as to when this happens is when I switch between Workspaces. However, this isn't consistent--sometimes it simply happens when all I do is click on my Project window. It can also happen when I duplicate a sequence. When it does, hundreds of color-coded clips just instantly pop back to the "Iris" color, and ruin many hours of labeling work.

Obviously the quick solution is to never use the color coding again, which I plan on doing--but my current project isn't so lucky, and I need these labels to stick.

Any suggestions on troubleshooting?

Thank you in advance!

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Premiere Color Labels Disappearing

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I've found a couple similar threads from several years ago that talk about this issue, but no solutions have been offered up. I'm hoping to figure out why this is happening:

When working in a Premiere timeline, my color labels are disappearing. I use colors to organize my footage, and having an entire timeline default back to the "Iris" color can be very frustrating. I can fix this only by digging into my Autosave folder and pulling up an older version of the project, and hoping I don't lose much work in the process. Even then, the labels continue to disappear randomly. My best guess so far as to when this happens is when I switch between Workspaces. However, this isn't consistent--sometimes it simply happens when all I do is click on my Project window. It can also happen when I duplicate a sequence. When it does, hundreds of color-coded clips just instantly pop back to the "Iris" color, and ruin many hours of labeling work.

Obviously the quick solution is to never use the color coding again, which I plan on doing--but my current project isn't so lucky, and I need these labels to stick.

Any suggestions on troubleshooting?

Thank you in advance!

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Does it happen only in the timeline? or in the project panel as well?

Try: Project Setting --> General --> check: Display the project Item name and label for all instances

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This is happening in my timeline, not the project panel--and it only affects the timeline that I'm currently working in, not all of the timelines in the project.

That option you mentioned does indeed affect the color labels, but unfortunately it removes them from every timeline in the project, rather than just the timeline I'm working in.

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It will definitely do that if you unchecked it. It has to be checked.

Please post a screenshot of: Preferences --> Sync settings

Also, try to trash preferences (Hold Alt or Option + Shift while launching Premiere)

It is possible that some setting syncing might be toggling this setting on/off automatically, trashing preferences should solve it.

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May 07, 2019

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it was unchecked by default, but enabling the option is what removed all the labels.

Here is a screenshot of that Preferences Pane: Screen Shot 2019-05-07 at 2.51.11 PM.png

I've also recorded a quick video of the issue, it seems like changing my workspace and resetting it to default layout is what does it consistently.

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It looks like you are changing the labels from the timeline and not from the project panel.

Can you double check something? As soon as you lose the labels, can you make sure that  "Display the project Item name and label for all instances" is still unchecked?

Also, consider trashing the preferences. this might solve it without the need to break our heads.

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May 08, 2019

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Sorry, I forgot to mention--that video was recorded after I tried trashing my preferences, so the issue is still there.

And yes, I have been changing the color in my timeline, but not my project window. There are only 2 total 1-hour long clips in my timeline, and it's chopped up into hundreds of soundbites that I have color-coded.

I just checked that setting, and it stays UNchecked both before and after the color labels disappear.

Thank you for your troubleshooting efforts on this, Christian!

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My pleasure!

Is your Premiere up to date? this might be a bug in earlier versions.

Can you you try on a fresh project?

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Sep 25, 2019

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AAAAH I figured it out. I don't know what I'm accidentally doing to trigger the label reset (this is the first time this has happened to me and as far as I know all I did was drag the sequence from inside a folder to outside of it in the project manager & all my label colors in the seq were gone), BUT if you go to your history tab you'll see history notes for when you changed the labels for different clips. For me, all the past things I had done were grayed out. I clicked at the bottom of the list on my last label change and then suddenly all my labeling reappeared! Phew!

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Yup, did this, it erased all my label color changes. Loaded an auto save. 

Why software people.... why. 

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