I have some 720p videos I would like to edit in Premiere but they are in .mov and premiere does't accept that format. What is the best format to convert them to and how/what site can I go to to convert them for free?
I'm not sure you are correct - check out formats that work in PP:
Well when I try to import the videos they simply do not appear even though they are on the desktop. When I look at the "files of type" drop down box it does not list .mov as one of the formats. Please help.
Well, there are MOV and then there are MOV. That format is but a wrapper. This ARTICLE will give you some background.
Though I am doing SD Projects, many of my suppliers, especially 3D animators, are on the Mac, and provide me with MOV files in the Animation CODEC. These work perfectly in PrPro, on my PC.
As far as I know, that is actually Premiere Pro version 1.0 - there was some name changing going on way back then, when Premiere 6.5 was rewritten into Premiere Pro, Adobe called it version 7 when it was bundled with computers and version 1 when it was sold by itself... later, the next version, was just called Premiere Pro 2 (actually CS2, I think)
If you have an old Apple Quicktime installed, a version that is compatible with that old version of PPro, you might be able to directly use a MOV file... at least if the MOV file "insides" consists of a codec that v1 can edit at all (I'm not sure if v1 will edit any or many of the more modern HD codecs)
But, converting to DV AVI type 2 with 16bit 48khz sound is likely to work better, since AVI is the "native" format for PPro
Yes, that version is a bit of an odd beast. It seems that it was released with three names, Pr 7.0 (most often seen in an OEM situation), PrPro 7.0 (there have been photographs of boxes and media, with the "Pro" clearly shown) and then PrPro 1.0. Were there any differences? I do not know, especially as few have ever seen the PrPro 7.0 version.
I do agree that DV-AVI Type II w/ 48KHz 16-bit PCM/WAV is as good as it gets.
Well I converted to AVI and for some reason it would not accept that format either. So I then converted to WMM and it appeared to work perfect. The video played fine in the preview window but after I exported the finished product the sound was all crackily. Any ideas whats up?
Well, WMV is a highly compressed format (the degree depends on the exact CODEC inside the WMV wrapper), so just on a guess, I'd say that the compression is messing up the Audio. I only use WMV as a final, delivery format, where required.
>converted to AVI and for some reason it would not accept that format either
Again, MOV and AVI are file "names" that can contain may different flavors of codecs
Use the FREE http://www.headbands.com/gspot/ to find out what is inside a file
I noticed that when I converted to wmm and put the video in premiere it greatly reduced the video quality but when i used .mov and put it in windows movie maker the video quality was only slightly worse to identical on the finishd product. Is that because of CODECs?