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Having issues with this since updating to 2019. Basically, after importing a clip into the timeline everything is as it should be (video plays, audio plays) but the audio waveform does not show up until it's played through so I cannot visually see the audio waves unless I play/skip through the whole clip, which obviously makes editing a lot slower.
Attached an example. Image 1 is the clip just imported to the timeline and image 2 is after playing through a few seconds (as you can see the audio only shows up after I've played through the clip and the remaining audio waves are still blank)
Any help would be appreciated!
Using Windows and Adobe Premiere Pro 2019.
Same problem here, almost over a year after first reported. The fact that you have to go whatever extra steps to see a waveform is embarassing. Did anyone at Adobe actually work as an editor? Time spend waiting and troubleshooting just keeps piling up 😞
Render-and-replace option seems to be working so far, thanks for that at least.
(edit) solved with with explanation donated beforehand in this thread
The above solution didnt work for me -as well as most of the other suggestions. I closed PPro, deleted the .pek files, then it regenerated them when i reopened the project. Works like a charm...
Try right clicking on the clip on the timeline > Render and Replace. Worked for me.
this worked for me! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!
What worked for me is:
1. Unlinking Video and Audio
2. Right-clicking on the audio "line"
3. Render and Replace...
Summary of "Fixes" (Star-Rated, on a 5-star scale):
From personal experience - Averdahl's solution may work, but I've never resorted to that myself because I actually use preferences to store the state of my editor, and prefer to not mess with it. The simplest solution I've found to work is to renaming the file and importing it again (sometimes more than once). I'm assuming this is a fairly basic cache issue and would be resolved by deleting the faulty preview and re-importing but, jesus mother of god, this should not be incumbent on the user. The fact that even manually invoking Generate Audio Waveform fails to generate a valid waveform is just baffling.
My experience is that Adobe feeds on user sanity and has had this bug, among oh so many others, around since forever. Moreover, not only does pretty much every single major revision make me want to shoot myself, the absolutely absurd plethora of basic bugs and quirks that keep re-emerging is often mind-boggling on a Bethesda level.
Since these seem to be favorite solutions to various problems on the web:
@adobe : to be clear, I'm not suggesting introducing more bugs to widen the gamut, but if every second issue with your software requires the user to trash their preferences or nuke the cache, move files around, deal with lost work due to instant crashes, unzip and edit the project file, never upgrade, or roll back their drivers or editor, then it just might be time to invest in a better QA team. Or I don't know, maybe at least listen to their damn feedback.
But enough barking up a dead tree: even this basic issue hasn't been fixed in years and I'm confident won't be for years to come.
Restarting program fixed it for me
Another option is to click on the timeline display settings button - it's the wrench icon in this pic.... There you'll see an option to turn the waveforms on or off.
Found a silly trick : if you have the full Adobe Suite, from Premiere timeline (or project bin) right click to open up your sound file in Adobe Audition. The operation made the waveform appear for me. You can then simply close Audition and return to your project.