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What type of source media do you intend to edit? Elements is the consumer version and is geared to work with a lot of consumer formats. It's also probably much easier to learn if you're not a trained editor. Premiere Pro is a more professional version with greater capabilities, but doesn't always play nice with consumer media and can be more difficult to learn for the untrained editor.
The source media are AVI files.
Unfortunately, that doesn't help much. AVI is kind of a container for various kinds of video. What matters is what's in the AVI.
Where do you intend to get the video from? A video camera, a web camera, downloaded from the Internet, the output of another computer program, etc?
Thank you for the clarification. The source files are the output of another computer program. The podcasts will be informational podcasts. I will use my computer, and a video capture program called CamStudio to record what I do through my computer. CamStudio saves its files in AVI format.
Now, you need to look deeper into the video. What codec choices does CamStudio offer when you export or save? If DV AVI is one of them, that's very good. If it's not, you might have some issues.
I think I found the correct answer. The options under Video Options>Compressor are:
Microsoft Video 1
Intel IYUV Codec
Cinepak Codec by Radius
DivX 6.8 Codec (2 Logical CPUs)
Let me know if this isn't what you are looking for.
That is the correct data. Thank you.
Unfortunately, DV doesn't seem to be one of them. For editing purposes, this would have been your best choice. With the options available to you, it's possible that Premiere Pro might have some trouble editing those clips.
Try Premier Elements. I can't say for sure it'll work because I don't use that program myself, so use the trial version and peruse those forums.