Adobe Premiere Pro does not support MP3 in AVI
Posted by John Dangerbrooks
For some times now, I have been searching for a solution to enable exporting Adobe Premiere Pro projects directly into DivX movies. I have searched a lot over the web – even though now I feel I still haven’t searched enough. Apparently, for some reason, Adobe Premiere Pro intentionally does not support MP3 audio in AVI files. I read this over the web in a forum and it seems true.
I tried adding both Fraunhofer and LAME MP3 codecs for Windows ACM to my system, but Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 ignored them. However, when I added a Dolby Digital AC3 ACM codec to my system, Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 immediately recognized it. In time, I tried adding a DivX movie to my Premiere Pro project but Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 ignored the audio stream and only recognized video. Adobe Premiere Pro 2 Tryout and Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 also exhibit same behavior.
I do not know why Adobe Premiere Pro ignores MP3 stream and I do not know whether this behavior extends to other forms of modern audio as well. (I have to see if I can find an ACC codec for Windows ACM and try it.) But as it stands, exporting DivX movies for DivX-Certified devices with Adobe Premiere Pro is not an option. An alternative will be to export video and audio separately, then combining them into an AVI file using a Multiplexer (muxer) utility. Such utility is now available from labs.divx.com. Another alternative would be to encode DivX movies with AC3 audio, but such movies will not be playable on some DivX-certified devices.
I have already started searching for a better MPEG-4-based (or equally potent) solution for delivering download-based web contents…