Premiere Pro Only Importing Audio? These Tricks Might Help!

Premiere Pro only importing audio to your project bin or timeline? Try these fixes below!

Michelle | Sep 29, 2021

Lots of people use Adobe Premiere Pro to edit their videos today, but not all of them get off to a good start. Many of them, be they new beginners or skilled users, get hindered at the first step – file import. An error most experience is that “Premiere Pro only importing audio no video.”

It is very frustrating when you just want to start a project, and Premiere Pro gives you an import failure. Fortunately, it can be fixed. The next part has covered all situations in this problem and gives corresponding solutions to fix it. You can compare your case with these situations and check the relevant approaches. But we suggest that you trying out all these methods, so you’ll have a higher chance of getting your problem fixed. Without further ado, let’s go into details.

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How to Fix Premiere Pro Only Audio No Video Issue?

Tips: It is advisable that you update your Premiere Pro to the latest version and restart the program first, or reboot your system to check if the error is still there. If the problem persists, try the methods below.

Situation 1. Premiere Only Importing Audio in the Project Bin


Fix 1: Change Video Codec

Wrong video codec is the most likely reason for your “Premiere Pro imports only audio” error.

It’s important to know that a video file is made up of a/v streams, a/v codecs, and other metadata, and all of these things are wrapped up in a video container. The MP4, MOV, MKV, etc. we see every day are actually video containers that store video and audio data encoded by a/v codecs. A container can hold different codecs, and only when both the container and codecs are recognized by the target device can the video be opened successfully. That’s why even if Premiere Pro has native support for MP4/MOV, you will see only the audio data is loaded into Premiere Pro if Premiere recognizes only the audio codec but not the video codec.

Changing the video to a Premiere-friendly codec is the proper solution. To do it, you will need a third-party video converter to help you. The powerful WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro is a good video converter and can get the job done in a breeze. Download the software below and follow the steps.


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1. Launch the software and open the Converter. Next, click + Add Files or drag your video directly into the program.

2. Click the right-side format image to open the output format library. Choose a Premiere-compatible container format, such as MP4/H264. (Check all the supported formats from Adobe official support.)

3. Open Parameter settings and change the video encoder to a supported codec, e.g. H264. Then click OK to save the changes.

4. Click the bottom triangle button or set an output folder or leave it as default. Finally, hit Run to start the conversion.

5. Import the converted file into Premiere Pro again and see if the problem goes away.

Tips: Other import failures like Premiere Pro not importing video at all and Premiere import only video no audio might also come from this cause. And you can fix it by changing the formats or/and codecs with this software, too.


Fix 2: Clear Media Cache

Sometimes the old or unused cache files can affect Premiere Pro’s functionality and lead to Premiere only importing audio errors. You can try to clear the media cache to improve the overall performance. Here is how:

1. Open your Premiere Pro and navigate to Edit > Preferences > Media Cache.

2. Select the Delete… button next to Remove Media Cache Files.

3. In the next dialog box, select Delete all media cache files from the system.

4. Click OK.

5. Restart Premiere Pro and see if it works.


Fix 3: Convert VFR to CFR

If your video is recorded on your iPhone or other recording devices, the VFR (variable frame rates) may be the factor to blame. Most video editors, including Premiere Pro, do not work well with VFR videos. And the common problem you see with Premiere Pro is that the audio would go out of sync and only Audio importing into Premiere.

The best solution is to convert VFR to CFR before the import. We will be using the program used in Fix 1 to help achieve this conversion (and during which, you can also check whether the video is in a Premiere-compatible format and make some relevant optimizations).

Now, download the tool and follow the instructions to convert VFR to CFR.

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1. Run HD Video Converter Factory Pro and open the Converter.

2. Import your video into this program and choose a Premiere-supported output format.

3. Open Parameter settings and find Frame rate. Pick one option from the frame rate drop-down list. We suggest frame rates above 20fps for normal video consistency.

4. Click Run to start converting VFR to CFR.

5. Check if it troubleshoots the issue.



Situation 2. Premiere Pro Only Importing Audio to the Timeline

If your video is dropped successfully into the media bin but no video in the timeline, you can try the following two fixes.


Fix 1: Turn on Source Patching

Source patching decides which track to appear in the timeline. If the video track is not turned on, it will lead to Premiere Pro not importing video only audio. Just make sure both V1 and A1 are turned on (highlighted in blue) to the left of the timeline and see if it works.


Fix 2: Create a New Sequence

Here is one last approach… Right-click your video and select New Sequence From Clip. If you see both audio and video tracks appear, copy and paste the full clip to your main timeline and work from there.



Wrap-up

Premiere Pro has very complicated algorithms behind it and nuisance details to give you head spins. But once you got the hang of it, you will never regret it. I hope the methods mentioned here have helped solved your Premiere Pro only importing audio problem. But if none of the above solutions do the trick, call Adobe support for more help.

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading.

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