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"The File has no audio or video streams" while importing certain .mov and .mp4 files (Windows)

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May 09, 2018

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For starters, my specs are as follows:

Machine: ASUS G74SX ACPI x64-based PC
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2630QM CPU @2.00GHz
RAM: 12.0 GB
System type: 64-bit
Windows: Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M (This is soldered on. I cannot replace or change it)
Version of Premiere: Premiere pro CC 12.0 (Kentos); 12.11 (Build 10)

Now that I've gotten that out of the way, here's what's going on:
There seems to be something within certain .mov and .mp4 files that's not allowing this specific version of Premiere to import them. I say this because I have another, slightly older version of Premiere on my mac, and it imports the same files just fine. In fact, as a part of the project I'm working on, I had to use that to convert the videos to mp4s that the Premiere on Windows would like. I have also never, ever had this issue before, and I've been using Premiere for about 8 years, now. Keep in mind here, there are some other .mp4 and .mov files that I've been able to import without issue.

I have been able to open the problematic files with Quicktime (which I've installed, uninstalled, and then re-installed as of last night) and VLE. I have also been able to convert .mov files into .mp4 from VLE, but never able to import those into this version of Premiere. These particular files do not have any kind of camera attached to them, as they were originally exported from animation programs (TVPaint, specifically), but I've been able to import stuff from there in previous Windows versions of Premiere.

Another note here: I've tried importing these files with Media Encoder, but I pretty much get the same message for some reason.

Could this be a bug, or something wrong with Quicktime, or something else that's up?

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"The File has no audio or video streams" while importing certain .mov and .mp4 files (Windows)

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For starters, my specs are as follows:

Machine: ASUS G74SX ACPI x64-based PC
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2630QM CPU @2.00GHz
RAM: 12.0 GB
System type: 64-bit
Windows: Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M (This is soldered on. I cannot replace or change it)
Version of Premiere: Premiere pro CC 12.0 (Kentos); 12.11 (Build 10)

Now that I've gotten that out of the way, here's what's going on:
There seems to be something within certain .mov and .mp4 files that's not allowing this specific version of Premiere to import them. I say this because I have another, slightly older version of Premiere on my mac, and it imports the same files just fine. In fact, as a part of the project I'm working on, I had to use that to convert the videos to mp4s that the Premiere on Windows would like. I have also never, ever had this issue before, and I've been using Premiere for about 8 years, now. Keep in mind here, there are some other .mp4 and .mov files that I've been able to import without issue.

I have been able to open the problematic files with Quicktime (which I've installed, uninstalled, and then re-installed as of last night) and VLE. I have also been able to convert .mov files into .mp4 from VLE, but never able to import those into this version of Premiere. These particular files do not have any kind of camera attached to them, as they were originally exported from animation programs (TVPaint, specifically), but I've been able to import stuff from there in previous Windows versions of Premiere.

Another note here: I've tried importing these files with Media Encoder, but I pretty much get the same message for some reason.

Could this be a bug, or something wrong with Quicktime, or something else that's up?

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Yup, thanks. I didn't know about this until today, as I've been much busier with other things and in other non-Adobe programs. I ended up parallel-installing 2017, exporting the project as an XML, and then opening that in Premiere Pro 2017. Files import there perfectly.

I really hope this doesn't become a brick wall of an issue later on down the road.

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Hey guys

For those of you still having trouble with this after updating software, reinstalling, renaming or even trying to convert good files which won't import, use Media Encoder CC. I was one of those that did everything and this fixed the issue. Imports like a breeze now. Good luck!

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Just created some screen capture videos using the latest version of QuickTime. Premiere Pro CS6 has no trouble importing them. However, the latest version of Premiere Pro CC 2018 will NOT import them. It just throws this error message. Why is it that developers spend so much time "improving" software, but more often than not, break something in the process? Clearly, I was not using QuickTime 7 era formats and codecs as was mentioned above.

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Having the same issue, but even Adobe Media Encoder won't help. Here's what I get:

So just to be clear, this is an .mov file that plays fine in VLC Media Player, but no way to get it into my Premiere Pro 2018 very latest version.

It would really be nice to have this bug fixed in the next update Adobe PLEASE!

Thanks

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Sep 20, 2018

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For your problem this link is correct:

Future versions of Premiere Pro will no longer support Quicktime 7 era formats and codecs

If I'm not mistaken, the .mov of those transitions have codec mjp2 (JPEG 2000), it is no longer supported by the latest version of the program.

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Thanks for the reply. Appreciate it. It's amazing how quickly obsolescence occurs in today's world. The Buddhists have it right: embrace impermanence and find contentment. Pretty soon phones, plug-ins and partners will last a month. Om mani padme Om!

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If you have an older version of ME installed it may work. I have a CS6 version still installed and it worked as you'd expect it to work.

 

Kinda bad business to have newer versions have less compatibility when clearly TONS of people have MOV files from older projects.

 

(note that none of the other suggestions worked for me - renaming extensions, etc.)

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I figured out a workaround. Duplicate the file (in case you have any issues with this process). Change the filename extension from .mov to .mp4. Adobe will import and read the duplicated mp4 files.

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Thanks! Renaming the file worked for me. The file was an old composited animation. This was a lot simpler than having to leave Premiere and start another program to convert the file.

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I had to go the OTHER direction - renaming from mp4 to mov, oddly enough.  I shot 65 clips on the same camera with the same settings on the same day and 15 of them, randomly dispersed through the directory, wouldn't import until I renamed them to .mov 's.  

Weird.  But the workaround worked!

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hero answer right here - EZ, quick and it works - now why in th FF the vid's don't work in the first place is absolutely baffling, but appreciate the quick fix

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