Several major issues with the Media Browser
-The media browser can be very slow, proportional to the amount of folder/files it has to open. (I have to wait several minutes for it to load a folder with 1963 folders in it. Explorer loads that instantly.)
-Even when a large folder has been clicked on in the media browser, and has files inside, it will always first display nothing, as if it is completely empty. A second or two later, the text "Reading..." appears. This means that the user never knows if a folder is actually empty, unless they wait an indeterminite amount of time, to see if "Reading..." appears or not. An empty folder should immediately display the text "Empty," or otherwise look different from a folder that is merely loading its contents.
-The Media browser is prone to crashing, especially when attempting to relink footage
-Most importantly, the media browser needs an address bar so that we can directly paste a known address, (probably copied out of Explorer) rather than having to wait for it to load every folder along the way.
-The loading of thumbnails is also much slower than Explorer.
-Even untwirling folders is tedious, since it requires precision to land on the small triangles. Clicking and pressing ENTER, or double clicking, should also untwirl a folder.
-One of the only things that Media browser can do, that an Explorer (or Finder) window can not, is to properly import .r3d footage. But...
-Even folders full of .r3d footage sometimes do not always show up in the Media Browser. For example, if they're inside of another folder full of .r3d footage folders (see screenshot)
-Newly placed folders will also not show up in the media browser, if the media browser was already open. The premiere projects must be closed and re-opened for those new folders to appear.
Ultimately, for the above reasons, Media Browser is inferior to Explorer and Finder 99% of the time. If special things like .r3d footage imported properly when dragged from an Explorer window and into a Premiere bin, I would have no reason to use Media Browser at all.
This is unique ID# 513 in my Premiere problems spreadsheet.
See also: 201, 316, 800, 801.
I'm having similar issues of slow media browser thumbnail builds and it seems that even after I've waited for the thumbnails in a folder to build, if I click to another folder (and wait again for thumbnails) then click back...they have to build all over again? It doesn't seem to retain the lower quality thumbnails for a project. I also get occasional JPEG thumbnail issues so I suspect there has been some work done on the media browser and it has made the underlying process less streamlined/speedy. I've only noticed this since June/July. I'm using my dell XPS 9570 internal 1tb SSD (smasung evo 970).
I've have got the same problem at the moment. Are you running media off a network or local drive? I have only noticed it recently though, and only on the network drive.
Ah, forgot the screenshot. Here it is.
Notice how two folders full of .r3d footage folders are just missing. Media browser simply ignores them.