All the above information is great for a "Newbie". My problem stems from lousy codecs that are synchronized together when downloaded onto the timeline. I either get the audio track or video track, but never both together, like when I used PE 9. That setup was a dream, compared to this engineered "Hodgepodge". WHAT will I need to download( it will be at YOUR cost), so that I can start building movie projects? If I have to, I will return this junkheap and go back to premiere elements 9, again.
If you're writing to Adobe, you're in the wrong place, wildhosser. This is a user to user forum.
You contact Adobe by clicking the Contact Adobe button on their site.
If you want help from us, you're going to have to give us a lot more information -- like what version of the program you're using, what operating system you're on, what models of camcorders your video is coming from, etc.
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
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
I read all of that gentleman's tutorial on all 'codecs', and it still does not help me with my issues. Which codecs would or will work the best at making all of the saved video clips work smoothly. I was really happy with the performance of PE 9. I never had any avi/media issues, ever. I am not computer/media/audio/video savvy, in terms of what to install and what to stay clear of(codec packs). If ya'll can not help me out, then I might have to get some Adobe tech help. Thank you all a lot. wildhosser
Unfortunately, the answer to getting AV files to Import and edit, will depend on what you have.
If you could please list the CODEC's (Video is extremely important, but Audio CODEC's can be important too), then we can look at those, and make specific recommendations.
There are probably 1,000+ possible Video CODEC's, and several 100, that are fairly common. However, the list of CODEC's, that work with Adobe NLE's (Non Linear Editors), is limited to a much smaller sub-set, as there are many CODEC's, that are "delivery only," and were never meant to be edited.
There is no one answer, with a bunch of Video CODEC's. Some might work well, some not so well, and more - not at all.
PS - Adobe offers a 30-day, money-back guarantee, and if you are dissatisfied, then just contact Adobe, within 30-days of purchase, and return it for your $ back.
Bill: I went to WMP, followed the steps to get the codec
information(Organize, on to Layout, then clicked 'show menu bar', then
Nothing happened from there). Understand, I am not computer literate, but I
do follow instructions really well. I will get whatever information that
you need to help in correcting whatever is going on in my PC. Thanks--Larry
Bill: Here is the lowdown on what is really happening. I know how to
download video files, from multiple sources, then convert those media files
to avi with converter programs. I have WMP and VLC, and all the files that
have been converted play extremely well. When I open up Adobe PE 11 to
start the project building, I first check in the 'Elements Organizer' on
the quality of the video I want to work with in PE 11. It does play great,
but the minute I try putting into the video/audio timeline or into media
assets, this is where all the problems begin. When the avi is put into
timeline, I get video or audio, but never both. Sometimes I will get both
audio and video, but the audio has no sound to it.I am using Internet
Explorer 8 that came with PC, and there are many times where IE 8 just
gives up and says there is a problem, and it will try to find a
solution(this could be the result of my impatience). I never had these
issues with PE 9. Codecs, you will have to lead me by the nose, so that I
can get you the necessary answers that you need. Thanks a TON-Larry Miller
There are great differences between playing a file and editing a file. In the first case, the software player is directly accessing the media file from the HDD. With editing, the file must be Decoded, and often converted (internally) to a full I-Frame file, for Frame-specific editing. Many files use an Encoding (CODEC), that has one I-Frame about every 12 - 15 frames, with "difference Frames" in between. That cannot be edited, so full I-Frame must be created. This is GOP (Group of Pictures) structure, and does not affect outside playback, but does with editing. This article goes into more detail: http://forums.adobe.com/message/2722687#2722687
Also, see this FAQ Entry for more info on CODEC's, in general: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/546811?tstart=0
Note: success with editing media files will depend greatly on the exact CODEC's used to Encode the file.
For more info on playing vs editing, see John T's article: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1066154?tstart=0
When I went to play some cd's on wmp, it would not play them for any reason.
I am lost here. What is the format of the files on the CD's?
Is this a Video-CD (VCD), or just a CD-Data, with files stored on it? If so, what is the format, and CODEC used in that/those file(s)?
Bill: Nothing is downloading correctly from Elements Organizer to the PE 11
timeline. Also, importing a video file from my computer's hard drive
directly to the timeline also fails. We still have to find which codecs are
missing, so I will need some direction as to: How do I go about and do
Nothing is downloading correctly from Elements Organizer to the PE 11
timeline. Also, importing a video file from my computer's hard drive
directly to the timeline also fails.
Maybe it is just terminology, but let's take a look at the above statements. Importing files places them in the Project's Media Panel (actually, the files, themselves, are NOT placed in the Project, but just links to them, but they are displayed in that Panel). From the Project's Media Panel, one drags the files, in whichever order they choose, to the Timeline.
Are you saying that the files are not Importing into the Project? Is so, what is the error message that you get?
Did we ever determine the exact Video CODEC in those files with either G-Spot, or MediaInfo? If so, then I missed it.
For more background on Importing AV files into PrE, Steve Grisetti has a wonderful Basic Training Series on Muvipix: http://muvipix.com/products.php?searchphrase=basic+training&btn.x=16&b tn.y=10
Bill: I downloaded g-spot into my computer, but don't really understand how
to make it work, so that it can check the avi files for codec content.What
is strange about all this, is that all the video files play correctly
outside of PE 11. When I play the same files in Elements organizer, there
is no issue there, either. It is when I drop those same video files into
the timeline is where all the issues begin. When I try to directly import a
avi file from the computer hard-drive into the media assets drop-down, and
then 2x click to start an editing process, all I get is a White screen.
Launch G-Spot, and then just drag your file to the GUI, after it surveys your system. Do a screen-cap of the G-Spot screen, with that file loaded. That will tell us almost everything.
As for the playability, that is very different, than editing the same file. See the link in Reply 12 for full details.
Bill: Here is what I have found out. I installed G-Spot onto my PC, and
starting scanning all avi/video files in my hard-drive. All have good
supporting audio/video codecs, even the files that I converted from analog
to digital, done via a Canopus video converter. The videos all play great
on either wmp or vlc, or even the Elements Organizer of Adobe Premiere
Elements 11. But when it comes to transferring the same videos to PE 11's
timeline, that is where the issues begin. The same thing happens when I try
to transfer a video file from hard-drive directly into the media assets
drop down box(of PE 11). When I 2x click to start the editing process, all
I get is,well nothing. When I try to drag and drop the videp from tyhe
Elements Organizer, I either get just the video track, or I get both audio
and the video tracks, but the sound was dropped. Will I have to contact
Adobe direct for help? Thanks-Larry
What is G-Spot showing for the Video CODEC, in the faulting file?
Editing a file is very different, than just playing it back in a software player. What you get in Organizer is just playback, using it as a software player. The software player will be reading the file directly from the HDD, and can use more CODEC's, than PrE can edit with. Some CODEC's are just for delivery, and playback, and are not meant for editing. Two common ones are Xvid and DivX - they are designed for delivery/playback only.
Bill Hunt: Please explain in simpler terms(remember that I do not speak the
computer language very well) what you are referring to, when you led off
with this: Video CODEC, in the faulting file?
In the 2nd part, I understood what you were referring to, referring to the
editing process, are you saying that PE 11 might be missing some editing
OK, you have at least one AV file, that is causing an issue, when Importing to PrE. There may be more. If all are the same CODEC, then just let us know what that CODEC is, as reported by G-Spot.
With some CODEC's, just having them properly installed on the system will not guarantee that PrE can edit that/those CODEC(s).
In general, there are three "types" of CODEC for Video (and similar for Audio, but that is usually simpler):
For more info on CODEC's, see this FAQ Entry: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/546811?tstart=0
CODEC's are a very complex subject, and about the time that one learns all the details, then the camera mfgrs. change things up, so it is an on-going process. However, grasping the general concepts, and learning some of the popular CODEC's will be very helpful, if one is editing video. For playback, it is less complex, and many software players will even lead you to a Web site, to download a necessary CODEC for playback. Other players, like VLC Player and MediaPlayer Classic HC (both good and free), contain many of the common CODEC's, so one does not even need to install them on their system.
One temptation is to find CODEC "packs," and install those. However, I warn against just randomly downloading and installing CODEC's, even if they are free. I strongly recommend ONLY installing the exact CODEC, when it is needed. With many CODEC packs, two negative things can happen: as most are free, they have hacked, or reverse-engineered versions of many CODEC's, and will overwrite existing, commercial CODEC's, already on the system. Also, many install all sorts of other "stuff," and some of that can really mess things up for many Adobe programs. Adobe tries to "hide" its MainConcept CODEC's, by using a non-conventional naming scheme. This keeps some of those CODEC packs from overwriting those, but the CODEC pack can still alter the priority of a CODEC in the Registry, and that can cause issues.
When I need a specific CODEC, I try to go to the source, even if it is a CODEC, that I have to buy. Not all free CODEC's are bad, and two great ones are Lagarith Lossless and UT Lossless. I use both for intermediate files, that will be Exported, and then re-edited, perhaps in another program. Free is not necessarily a bad thing, but given a choice between a free version of a CODEC, and a commercial version, from the company that wrote it, I will pay the $'s every time.
Good luck, and hope that helps,
Hunt:By by reckoning, and from what your initial response was, how do I go
about checking out the codecs on PE 11? Where or which file would I
download into G-Spot, so I can start the process of finding which of the av
file codec(s) I would need to attempt a try at correcting the problem of
importing avi files into PE 11? Would contacting tech help at Adobe be a
better route? I do not feel comfortable at paying somebody to fix a problem
that wasn't my doing! Miller
OK, you have an AV file, that is giving you problems in PrE. Load that file into G-Spot, or MediaInfo.
I would post a screen-cap of the screen, either G-Spot, or MediaInfo, showing the detected CODEC. At this point, we do not need to know if the CODEC is installed, but what it is.
Bill: Here is what I found out for codec information, after I downloaded a
Youtube video, then converted from flv to an 'avi' file. I dropped this
video, which played from my pc's hard-drive, using wmp. After loading it
onto PE 11's timeline, it only played the video portion. I went back and
ran the file through G-Spot, and here are the spec.'s: AUDIO--codec: mp4c.
MPEG4 AAC LC. INFO: 44100 Hz, 96kb/s tot stereo (2/0) Stat: Status
Undetermined.. VIDEO--codec: AVC 1, Name: H264/MPEG4 AVC. Status
Undetermined. This video was not converted from a video tape source onto
the computer's hard-drive(digital). I hope this helps so that I can stop
being a bother to you, and I hope you and all your family have a Very Happy
OK, I would step back, and NOT convert the FLV to an AVI w/ the H.264 AVCHD CODEC.
PrE is not likely going to be able to handle H.264 in an AVI wrapper. I would chose a conversion setting, or perhaps another converter, to wrap that h.264 in either an MP4, or MTS (more common for AVCHD). Those formats w/ the H.264 will more likely Import and edit fine.
Bill: After your last reply to my posting, I found the answer WITH your
help. It turned out that on PE 11, it will only play videos, as long they
are MPEG4 filed. That was the trick, and I thank you ever so much for all
your patience. Larry
While PrE will edit a great deal of files, format and CODEC, it will not handle everything. Many of us play a balancing game, as we work with what a client hands us. Some, only deal with the footage from their camcorders.
When things do not go correctly, sometimes a conversion is the best course of action.
So glad that you found the right combination to edit, as you needed.
i just purchased PR 11 and am having trouble with editing my camera is a canon hsf200 and the source file is MTS Im working on a mac os x 10.6 It imports the files no problems but no way would it edit MTS flowingly in particular with any effects or transitions very slow and freezing so I created some proxy files ( in handbrake gives three options H264 , Mpeg - 4 and Mpeg -2 really small bit rate and frame rate still freezing and lagging on me
any help apprecited ):
For editing AVCHD, or any H.264 CODEC material, a fast Quad-core is about the minimum, with a fast i7 being better.
Processing H.264 material takes a lot of CPU power, and other than editing with proxy files, or using something like CineForm's NeoScene, there is just not much that can be done, other than to replace the CPU.
For an article on proxy file editing, see: http://forums.adobe.com/message/3042383#3042383