Lightroom: No sound/audio when playing mts video

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mts and m2ts video plays in lightroom 4, but without sound/audio. is this a known bug?
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Meredith Payne Stotzner, Employee

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It's possible the video has Dolby Digital (AC-3) compression scheme audio. Photoshop does not have a license for that decoder.

In CS5, the Audio is muted by default. Got to the Animation panel (Window > Animation), then verify Audio Playback button is ON (the speaker icon will have 3 waves ))) coming from it when the mouse is NOT over the button).

There's a free tool out on the web that will help you determine the encoding of your audio. Free Tool: http://handbrake.fr/downloads.php
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I have the Sony HDR-SR11 camcorder and it does look like it has Dolby Digital 5.1 channel recording. Any chance Photoshop wll be getting that license?
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Meredith Payne Stotzner, Employee

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I'm sorry - I misread your message and assumed you were on Photoshop CS5 or CS6 beta.

Lightroom 4 has different licensing from Photoshop.

I'm find a relevant and correct answer for you. :)
Thanks for your patience,
Meredith
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Lightroom supports playing Dolby Digital.

Do any videos play with sound in Lightroom?

Lightroom only uses the "default" audio device for audio playback. Make sure there are speakers (or a headset) attached to the default playback device. On Windows, you can right click on the speaker icon in the toolbar to see a list of audio devices and which is the default. You can also change the default here.

You can also open the volume mixer to see if sound is being outputted from LR.
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Hi Paul,

I get sound on all other video formats I've imported, including those from my canon dslr and point and shoot. This only seems to be a problem with the MTS format from my sony camcorder. Let me know if you have any other suggestions.

Thank you!
Lily
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Hi Lily-

I replied to you in an email. Hopefully we can figure out what the issue is.

-paul
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Paul Kleczka, Employee

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Official Response
I worked with Lily offline.

Unfortunately, because of licensing restrictions, Lightroom only supports Dolby Digital audio with 2 channels or less. The files in question had Dolby 5.1 audio. So it appears the behavior of playing video with no audio in Lightroom is as expected.
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Stephen Carpenter

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I hope "working as expected" isn't the final answer. There should at least be some sort of warning on the screen to indicate that Dolby 5.1 isn't supported.
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Paul Kleczka, Employee

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Stephen- I completely agree. Lightroom needs to do a better job of warning users when audio codecs are not supported. The bug has been filed internally.
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LR4.1rc2 doesn't play sound with HD video from Sony camcorder (*.m2t files)!

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
No sound from HD video (*.m2t) files (playback & export).
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I am having the same problem on a new install of Lightroom 4 with Production Premium CS6 on Windows 7 64 bit. Audio plays everywhere but Lightroom. Interestingly, after I installed Quicktime, I was able to get one video to play with the audio in Lightroom (an mp4 file), and it showed a brief "Audio Loading" message with a % notice before the audio was available. That file continued to play with audio when I returned to it in the catalog. But no other video file would play with audio and I never saw the "Audio Loading" message appear again. It does make Lightroom much less effective since I do many interviews and trimming would be very welcome based on the audio in the files.

I know the same issue occurs in Premiere until the audio has been conformed in the system. Does Lightroom 4 also conform the audio like Premiere? Is that what the audio loading message meant?
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Steve James

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OK, here is another piece of data. Lightroom will load audio for one file each time it opens.

Lightroom does not close cleanly. When I exit the program, it leaves a running instance of lightroom in the task manager process list and leaves
dynamiclinkmanager.exe
dynamiclinkmediaserver.exe
Adobe QT32 Server.exe.
also running.

If I stop all those processes, I can open lightroom again and load audio for one file. The previously loaded files will still play, so it is like it is conforming the audio but gets stuck after the first file is completed.
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Has there been any movement on this issue? I have a Panasonic camcorder which records to .mts2 files with 5.1 channel audio. I get audio on all other types of video files in Lightroom, but not from my camcorder which is a HUGE frustration for me. I was so excited to see that there was finally a program which would allow me to sort and tag my video files like I do with my pictures. But the no audio issue makes it completely useless. What good are nicely sorted and tagged video files without sound?

Adobe either needs to say (Before purchase of the software) "This only supports ..." or needs to needs to work to ensure all the Adobe product line supports the same codecs. The same video files play audio just fine in Premier CS4 & 5. My problem is I am now in the range of 2TB of video files from my camcorder and I want to tag/sort them using the awesome functionality of Lightroom. So close to a perfect piece of software, this is the only issue I have and am really looking forward to getting this issue addresses.

I would be happy to assist in any testing/trouble shooting for this issue.

Thanks for all the work you've put into this.
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John Fitzpatrick, thanks for your comments. I have exactly the same problems and concerns over lack of Dolby 5.1 channel support.

Adobe sales literature and technical specifications should be more explicit about file formats and codec which are and are not supported. On-line interaction should include "Dobly 5.1 audio not supported" messages...but, better yet, Adobe should just pay the Dolby license fee and include this capability! The price tag on LR4 is high enough that it should include common audio formats such as this!

Have heard anything from Adobe, learned of any second-party solutions, or discovered a workaround? I share your frustration!
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Delane Wycoff, so far I have yet to find a viable solution to this problem. While there are ways of converting the files to a format that works in Lightroom, that doesn't work for me. Why go spend the money for a HD camera with Surround sound only to be required to convert the files to a different format to use them in Lightroom? It makes no sense to me and is really frustrating. The worst part is that the files work great in Premier CS5 so Adobe obviously has the capability to fix this... Heck, I'm willing to pay for another piece of software through Adobe which would merge the workflows of Lightroom with the power of Premier... I just want something that does it all... Since they advertise Lightroom as working with video, I think they should fix it. Otherwise, stop advertising video as a part of Lightroom standard and make a special Lightroom Video edition that has ALL video formats.

Just my thoughts on the problem.
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You would think at very least it could playback left/right audio. The video runs fine after importing, but you can only hear the audio with the windows media player. I'm a little suprised the the free windows OS player can playback the files, but the lightroom application can not.
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I am about to shell out money to buy a third party MTS converter. Does Photoshop have a recommendation of what to buy or whare to look? I tried Aiseesoft and it seems to work for files in Lightroom and in Final Cut Pro X but I see bad reviews about the company and spyware.
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I try to import my AVCHD (.mts) video, it works. I can watch them in LR but I don’t get any audio. If I export the files in “native” format, audio is working. LR4.1 (and 4.0) over Leopard doesn't output any sound, even on any transformation inside. Any help?

Thanks

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom: AVCHD with no sound!.
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No Audio when playing back Video in LR 4 and LR 4.1 RC. (The rest of LR4 is flawless)

This affect .mov .avi .mts files (All files play back without issue in VLC player, Quicktime and Mindows Media Player. No other issues with audio on this PC (WIN 7 64bit, i7 quad core, 8GB ram)

Lightroom shows up in Windows Volume Mixer (see attached screen grab) but no sound is fed through to soundboard.



This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom: No audio from video playback in LR 4 and LR 4.1 RC (Win 7).
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Alvaro García

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HI:

Are there plans to remove this copyright restriction?

Thanks
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Jim Voita

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I bought the MTS converter and batch converted all my .MTS's. They work in Lightreoom and Final Cut ProX.
I think the problem is in the surround sound feature. Next time out I will set the camera to just two channel sound.
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Having the same problems....Adobe needs to step up and resolve this issue!
I teach Photoshop and Lightroom........how do you explain this to multiple classes? Thanks for posting your work around.
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Most people would be willing to pay for an upgrade. But to spend that much money and have something that puts the photographer 10 weeks behind in delivering their product with no easy way to diagnose the problem is very frustrating. I am still looking for the right product. This is not it.
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What MTS converter did you buy and what format did you convert them to?
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Jim Voita

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Mohammed Ajouz

I purchased the Aiseesoft converter and set it up for MP4 output. I loaded *.MTS and selected the output location and let it run. Then I used these videos in Lightroom and in Apple Final Cut Pro X. The worked fine but it is still a lot of hassel for something that Lightroom could make available for a cost if necessary.
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In my case the video files from my Sony AVCHD camcorder played audio fine in LR4.0 but after 4.1 and 4.2 were installed the audio stopped working.

When will this bug be fixed? I echo John Fitxpatrick's comments above. This is a useless program if the sound does not play.
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I have imported my videos into Lightroom and deleted them from the memory card. Has the sound been imported but I am disallowed from hearing it? Or, has the sound not been imported at all? When will this be fixed?
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I have imported videos into LightRoom and deleted these from my memory card. Has the sound been imported but I am unable to hear it, or has it not been imported at all? When will ADOBE fix this licensing problem?
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Marty- your video on disk still has audio, Lightroom simply does not play it due to the aforementioned licensing restrictions. Lightroom will never modify the original file's sound, so playing the video in an external player with Dolby 5.1 support should play the video with sound.
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Paul Moore

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Paul,

When will the licensing issue be worked out?
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John Fitzpatrick

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Paul, Thanks for jumping into this discussion. The main question I have with this issue is why does the sound work in After Effects, Premier, and Soundbooth but not in Lightroom? It's obvious that Adobe has the licenses in question but there seems to be no information on why they are not included in Lightroom.

Also, as far as the audio codec is concerned, why not use a gpl available one which will do the audio decoding? I can play these files with full audio in many other open source programs with no problem. The only piece of software I'd like to use but can't is Lightroom.

Thanks,