Bring back multichannel H264
With the MOV H264 codec you use to be able to do multichannel exports with any number of mono tracks. Now that you got rid of that, there's no way to make lo quality proxies with multichannels. I mean you have the H264 in and MP4 but you can only export mono, stereo. or 5.1. Why can't you just let the user choose the audio configuration. I would like to have a full stereo mix and an M&E stereo mix on a proxy. The audio config options for the H264 MP4 codec are really limiting.
We understand the frustration. The OS level support for these codecs is gone.
Rather than create support for older formats, Premiere Pro will continue to invest in support for popular modern formats.
Louis Fonseca commented
Yeah this one is such a basic requirement. If you don't support old formats that work you must at least present us with a 'modern' format that works. We need SMALL proxy files that allow for multiple audio channel configurations and ProRes Proxy is not small enough for large projects. Especially now so much work is being done remotely.
It is soooo frustrating how little attention Adobe pays to feedback!
Attila Tóth commented
Dear Bruce Bullis
We are looking for a video editing software for editors and it's important:
-easy to manage at basic level
-able to do H264 MP4 codec with multichannel imports and exports
I am sorry to see that the Adobe Premiere doesn't reach this standard, even though i had high hopes for it and didn't even think it would go down to such a small detail. I was deeply disappointed.Our editorial staff isn't very big, just 189 people, but i don't think we're the only ones who depend on this little thing to use your software. Unfortunately, we have to buy another, USABLE editing software, in the meantime I wish you good luck with your popular modern formats!
Antoine Autokroma commented
Maybe if you send your footage in Media Encoder to be converted with AfterCodecs it would be the best way to make proxies that have the same audio layout, and let you use Premiere Pro proxy feature with non stereo audio layout ?
Paul Lundahl, emotion commented
Hi Bruce! Wonderful to hear from you. I don't know if you remember me, i interviewed you for the Adobe Video Teams montage video. I remember you fondly and really appreciate all you do for the video team! At 1:59 in this video https://vimeo.com/emotionstudios/teamanthem you said "I believe that great software is created by conversations between people." I would love to have a conversation with you about our needs. We produce over a 100 videos for Adobe a year, using Premiere and I don't take feature requests lightly. Here's a bigger explanation of why we want this: We shoot a lot with C300 MK2 cameras and an Alexa Mini, all of which have more than 2 audio channels. We love Premiere’s proxy features but the proxies that don't have matching channels of audio aren’t recognized in Premiere as eligible to be attached as proxies to camera originals. This dramatically lowers the utility of the size of proxies you can use as proxies in Premiere. Do you have a fix for this? Here is a sample C300 MK2 camera original file with 4 audio channels to test with: https://f.io/3EbkCv5C I know that it’s possible to make MP4 or HEVC proxies that match the audio assignments of the camera originals This plug-in for example has that capability: AfterCodecs:
Andy Adkins commented
Yes... h264 codec makes for super fast super light files. Just what you want in a proxy file right? So why don't you let us take advantage of it fully? Like so many features in premiere it's only halfway there.
Antoine Autokroma commented
In AfterCodecs you can choose 4.0 Ambisonic, 5.1, All Channels in separate mono tracks, All Channel in separated stereo tracks, All (mono) Channels in one giant multi track.
And it will reimport fine inside Premiere Pro as long as you configure your sequence well
Please test the free trial to make up your mind and give me your feedback ! https://autokroma.com/AfterCodecs/
Please - bring back!
Lenny Turner commented
Highly! It is very important and necessary! I support!
Antoine (Autokroma.com) commented
You can use AfterCodecs ! We have multi channel mono / stereo in the export options https://autokroma.com/AfterCodecs/