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Wrong file type or codec

Jun 1, 2012 2:34 PM

Since upgrading from Premier Elements 8.0 to PE 10.0 I am unable to add any .avi files to a project.  I get the error message: "This type of file is not supported, or the required codec is not installed."

 

I am able to play any of these files in Organizer, I just can't import them into the Editor.

 

Any ideas?

 
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    Jun 1, 2012 4:59 PM   in reply to Firecapt1

    moving to Premiere Elements forum

     
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    Jun 1, 2012 5:49 PM   in reply to Firecapt1

    What is inside that AVI wrapper?

     

    Read Bill Hunt on a file type as WRAPPER http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037

    What is a CODEC... a Primer http://forums.adobe.com/thread/546811

    What CODEC is INSIDE that file? http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037

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    Report back with the codec details of your file, use the programs below... a screen shot works well to SHOW people what you are doing

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    For PC http://www.headbands.com/gspot/ or http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en

    For Mac http://mediainspector.massanti.com/

     
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    Jun 2, 2012 5:25 AM   in reply to Firecapt1

    Take a look at the articles John referenced. AVI is not a codec, it's what's inside the AVI file that is important, and that could be any one of dozens of different codecs.

     

    You can find what is inside your AVI file with either Gspot or MediaInfo.

     

    Cheers,
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    Neale
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    Jun 2, 2012 7:58 AM   in reply to Firecapt1

    As you can see, this AVI uses the MJPEG codec, which Premiere Elements usually can't work with.

     

    If you follow the instructions in my link above, you will convert your file to a DV file, which Premiere Elements can work with.

     
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    Jun 2, 2012 8:04 AM   in reply to Firecapt1

    Oops, sorry. That was a different thread with a similar problem.

     

    Here's the link.

    http://forums.adobe.com/thread/415317?tstart=0

     
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    Jun 2, 2012 8:08 AM   in reply to Firecapt1

    As Steve says, your AVI files contain the MJPEG CODEC.

     

    As most camera mfgrs. tweak the CODEC's, to suit their needs, just having AN MJPEG CODEC installed, still might not be good enough. With MJPEG from a particular camera, I strongly suggest that you install THEIR version. Most camera mfgrs. include their version of the CODEC on the utility disc, that ships with the camera. It might be a direct install (not likely nowadays), it might install along with the camera's driver (would be the best case, but not many camera mfgrs. do it this way), or the CODEC might install as part of some editing, or cataloging program on that utility disc (most common, but many users do not plan on using the included software, so do not realize that they need to install it, just to get the CODEC onto their system). When the Fuji MJPEG CODEC is properly installed, the PrE should be able to use it. PrE can deal with MJPEG, but it must the exact MJPEG CODEC used - Panosonic, Nikon, Fuji, and many, many others tweak MJPEG, so a generic MJPEG CODEC, such as from MainConcept, or Morgan, might not work with the specific version in the files from those cameras. Go to the source, and install the MJPEG CODEC, that came with your camera, and you should be good to go - just match your Project to the files produced.

     

    Good luck,

     

    Hunt

     
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    Jun 2, 2012 9:36 AM   in reply to Firecapt1

    Thank you for testing and reporting.

     

    Personally, I would urge all camera mfgrs. to include their particular version of the CODEC for separate install, regardless of other software included, but that process seems to be falling out of favor, and I do not understand why.

     

    Many users wish to use other NLE programs, to edit their footage, and having to install all sorts of programs, just to get the proper CODEC does not seem wise. Still, it has become the norm.

     

    I would also urge the mfgrs. to include a paragraph about CODEC's, in their manual, whether printed, or on-line.

     

    Glad that you got it sorted, and happy editing,

     

    Hunt

     
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    Jun 2, 2012 9:46 AM   in reply to Bill Hunt

    For others, who are experiencing problems with footage shot with the MJPEG CODEC (seems most popular with stills cameras, that also shoot motion), this ARTICLE might prove useful.

     

    Good luck,

     

    Hunt

     
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    Jun 2, 2012 10:43 AM   in reply to Firecapt1

    You are most welcome, and I am just glad that you can now edit your footage from the Fuji.

     

    You can probably mark your question "Answered," as that will likely be helpful to others, who come upon it later, through maybe a Search on "Fuji," or "MJPEG."

     

    Good luck and happy editing,

     

    Hunt

     
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