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Premiere Pro, MPEG Files & Missing Audio

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Over the past couple of weeks I've been involved in a project that used a variety of camcorders, most of them Sony HDD (hard drive) camcorders that record in MPEG format. If you've ever tried to use these camcorders for editing, there's a fair chance you've discovered that the recording format isn't easy to work with. In particular, we struck the common problem that the MPEG files lose their audio when imported into Adobe Premiere Pro.

The reason for this is that Premiere Pro doesn't recognize the AC3 codec used for the audio. Why Adobe hasn't included AC3 support in Premiere Pro has been the subject of much debate and the source of much frustration, especially when the consumer-level Premiere Elements does support it.

In any case I thought it would be worthwhile sharing the solution because it's such a common problem. The solution is actually very easy and I've documented it here:
MPG/AC3 Files in Premiere Pro

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  1. Jm267's Avatar
    This was making me crazy! Thanks so much for the dll...never NEVER would have thought of that one on my own! worked instantly!!!
  2. Guest's Avatar
    BUT I love you!
    Thank you so much.... I can't even begin to tell you how much trouble this post has saved me....
  3. Guest's Avatar
    OMG!! Thank u so much!! May your wife bear many children!!
  4. R4949's Avatar
    All I can say is WOW - hours of help lines with Sony and Adobe getting nowhere.... a quick google and bingo - a true genius at work here!!!

  5. MrDaz's Avatar
    I've been looking for an answer to this for hours - I was starting to think I'd need to buy a new video camera as it wasn't going to happen.

    Thanks a million!
  6. Mauro's Avatar
    I love you :-)
  7. Guest's Avatar
    Truly a Godsend! It worked. I'm using Premier Pro CS3 and my MPG video, which is actually a .MOD file from a JVC camera that I just renamed the file extension on, and when I would import the file into the program it would not show any sound with the video, but your fix worked!!!
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    Thanks a lot man..U r a life saver
  10. forextorpedo's Avatar
    Hi Dave..Thank you for your awesome tips. Now Audio of my mpg files is well importing to premiere..Thanks man !
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