How to Fix 5 Common (and Very Frustrating) Editing Problems in Premiere Pro

Media offline again? Can't drag your clips onto your timeline? Don't worry, there's an easy fix.

Unless you've got years and years of editing experience under your belt, you probably run into problems that you can't fix on a fairly regular basis. This can be incredibly frustrating, especially if you're up against a deadline. In this video, however, editor Justin Odisho walks you through how to fix five common issues you might face while working in Adobe Premiere Pro. Check it out below:

There are many little things that can go wrong when you're working with a powerful and complex piece of editing software. Knowing exactly how the program functions and what it can and can't do is certainly the best way to not only solve issues when they arise but to also avoid those issues altogether.

However, if you're new to editing and/or haven't had time to really dig into your NLE's functionality, videos like Odisho's are a great way to solve your current editing problems until you have the time to both gain experience and learn how your program works.

Here are the issues Odisho talks about in the video:

Size mismatches

Problem:  Your 1080 clips look really small on your 4K timeline or your 4K clips look cropped on your 1080 timeline.

Solution: Your problem can be solved by simply scaling up your 1080 clip or scaling down your 4K clip. It may not always be ideal to do this to your 1080 clips, since you might notice some image degradation, but you may not have any other choice.

Footage not dragging

Problem:  When you drag your clips over from your Media Bin, only the video or audio portion of the clip shows up on your timeline.

Solution:  Your video and audio tracks may have been deselected when you tried to drag your clip over. Once you select them (they will be highlighted), you will be able to drag over your entire clip (video and audio).

Media offline

Problem: All of your clips show up as a big, red "Media Offline" message.

Solution: This happens when you move your media to a different folder on your computer. Since Premiere Pro isn't able to locate it, you have to tell it where it is. You can do this by right-clicking your clip, selecting "Link Media," and then choosing the folder where you placed your clip.

Can't use Warp Stabilizer

Problem: Premiere Pro gives you an error message when you try to apply Warp Stabilizer to a clip.

Solution: Warp Stabilizer requires clip dimensions to work its magic, and if you've got a 4K clip on a 1080 timeline (or vice versa) it won't work. To fix this, you'll need to nest your sequence, so right-click the clip(s) on which you want to apply Warp Stabilizer and select "Nest."

Un-nest clips

Problem: You want to edit a nested sequence, but you can't because there isn't an "un-nest" option.

Solution: If Command+Z isn't an option to un-nest your clips, you can always double-click the nested sequence, which will take you to a separate timeline with the individual clips you've nested. From there you can copy and paste them into your original timeline. Another way to do this is by dragging the nested sequence from your Project Media Bin into your original timeline.

What are some other fixes for common editing issues? Let us know down in the comments below.     

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This boy doesn't know what's up –– *right click on clip* "scale to frame size". Use the scale slider to adjust for aspect ratio.

January 9, 2018 at 9:10PM, Edited January 9, 9:10PM

Zy Baer

NOOO GOD NO NO NOOOOO. You should be using 'set to frame size'. That way it automatically scales the footage down and sets it at the appropriate scale instead of 'rasterizing'. This way you can scale back up to 100 without losing quality.

January 10, 2018 at 6:35AM



January 10, 2018 at 8:02AM

Jason Carr

Sorry for being a jerk but this video should just be called premiere 101. These are everyday tasks, not really problems. Now if someone can just tell me why premiere just spent a day and a half building peak files and there's still no waveforms on the timeline that'd be great.

January 10, 2018 at 10:25AM

Director of Photography

I would first check under Preferences>Audio tab and make sure that Automatic Audio Waveform Generation is checked on. If it is already checked on, I would re-import the file. Obviously longer videos will take longer to conform and generate the waveform, so sometimes if you don't let it do its thing, it gets screwed up. Also check scratch disks and make sure there is enough space on that drive to generate those files. Hope this helps.

January 12, 2018 at 5:42AM


January 11, 2018 at 2:31AM


Shove your spam, asshole.

January 13, 2018 at 5:29PM

David Gurney

These are not the biggest issues or even unexpected in many cases.

Here's one that should never have existed:

You edit your piece. Now it's time to color-correct, so you use Premiere's Project Manager to gather up all the clips used in the project and copy them to another folder. You bring them into Resolve or whatever, CC them, then write them back out with the same filenames and lengths.

Or... you do something similar with audio files. You bring them into your DAW software for sweetening or whatever, then write them back out with the same names, durations, and sample rates.

Now... try to relink your project with the corrected files. This relinking function DOESN'T EXIST. That is a version-1 piece of functionality that you would expect in ANY editing application. After how many years of development, Premiere lacks this fundamental, essential function. There's no excuse for it.

And no, simply renaming folders (aside from being a hokey, amateur-hour "solution") doesn't work.

January 13, 2018 at 5:33PM, Edited January 13, 5:37PM

David Gurney

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January 28, 2019 at 4:04AM


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February 4, 2019 at 6:06AM, Edited February 4, 6:06AM


That’s was extremely helpful bro! Especially the part of warp stabilization with adjusting speed of the clip! That’s been driving me crazy! Thanks man!

March 4, 2020 at 9:51PM


how to fix orange screen on premiere pro even after nesting, i've had this problem for a while, after nesting and adding effects i still get a orange screen, anyone can help?

April 14, 2021 at 7:41AM