PLEASE FIX: Merge clips functionality destroys audio metadata
Sooo this would be something to fix for a PRO environment.
On a feature film, I spent weeks syncing the Video and Audio. I then used the "Merge clips" functionality to merge Camera video clips to my sound recordist's separate Audio files, only to find out after months of editing, having delivered to the audio mixer in London, that the Sound metadata was gone from the sound clips!
The post-production for our feature was put on hold for four days while this issue was investigated, at the loss of countless dollars while we waited.
After delving into the interwebs for help, I see that this is a known issue for Premiere. How is this acceptable?!?! Adobe, you really know how to take the Pro out of Premiere Pro guys. Why would merging clips delete the original metadata?? Why would it delete anything?? Why do Merged Clips not actually refer to the original file, as it appears to do when right-clicking the clips and Reveal in Finder...? Does a Merged Clip create a new audio file? Why, why, why is my metadata gone??
As this known issue will likely never get fixed, maybe in future versions you could add a warning box when merging clips that says "Warning: Merging clips will eradicate all inherent metadata. Do this at your own risk."
And I've already used this workflow for another short film before discovering this issue and will now have to manually replace all the audio in my edit with the original clips to preserve the audio recordist's metadata. ?????????????
I'd apologize for sounding curt and frustrated over my past few posts, but this one is a real deal-breaker.
Antoine (Autokroma.com) commented
What metadata is missing and why are you using Merged Clips? Thanks