What is inside that avi?
H.264 NOT inside AVI http://forums.adobe.com/thread/854115
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
If you have a red line over the timeline after importing a video and before adding any effects... your project is wrong for your video... read above about codecs
Once you know exactly what it is you are editing, report back with that information... and your project setting, and if there is a red line above the video in the timeline, which indicates a mismatch between video and project
More information needed for someone to help... click these links and provided the requested information
For CS5 and later, the easy way to insure that your video and your project match
See 2nd post for picture of NEW ITEM process http://forums.adobe.com/thread/872666
As John says, we need to know what the video codec used in that AVI container is.
Please provide answers to the questions listed here: "FAQ: What information should I provide when asking a question on this forum?"
UPDATE: I got the videos to work fine by converting the .AVI files to .mp4, however, there is a red line above the videos in my project. I'm not sure if that's a bad thing.
And I'm not sure what the codec is. I used MediaInfo and when I clicked "find out the codec" it directed me to the Microsoft website.
>red line above the videos in my project
Yes, that is a bad thing... if you have an immediate red line when you import
That means that your project is not correct to match your video
Mediainfo will tell you what is actually inside your files... that is what you need to report here
You also need to read the last two lines of my previous post... and click the link at the end
If doing that does not result in a timeline with no red line... you have something wrong with your file
If Digital Video Editing is something that you see yourself doing more of in the future, you'll have to try to get a better handle on the meaning and application of codecs. A simple but not perfect way to think about codecs is by their intended purpose. Basic Run Down would list Acquisition Codecs, Intermediate Codecs, Delivery Codecs.
Some codecs are for acquisition with cameras, and APP CS5x can use the majority of those acquisition codecs natively, without the need to change formats to an intermediate for editing. This differs from FCP(x) which use intermediates for a lot of source material. Some source files need to be converted to an "intermediate" codec to edit in APP CS5x, either because the cameras files are unique and not supported natively, or that once compatible clips have been processed or pre-edited in some program that exported a Delivery oriented codec rather than Acquisition or intermediate.
Your scenario sounds like the latter. What I would consider is the viability of the intermediate codec you chose. .mp4 files, particularly ones based on the H.264 codec are widely supported for editing. The main caveat I would say is the dimensions and bit rate of the intermediate file that you create. Typically you want the intermediate file to match the dimensions and framerate of the source file. Also you want to use a constant high bit rate to encode the intermediate file. You want to preserve any quality that the source had intact.
There are some other intermediate codec choices that many prefer over H.264. You may look at that if you are not getting want you want from the .mp4s.
Okay John, I did as you said, and now the result is a yellow line. I'm sure that that's a good sign, so thank you for your help.
However, I have ran into another problem. When I export my project, the exported video only plays a few seconds. And my project was 10 minutes. I don't know why this is happening.
And Stephen, I have gotten what I wanted out of converting the files. Thank you for explaining codecs to me.
It MAY be that you have not read up on how to do exporting, to know the difference between the WAB (work area bar) and the entire project
For easy searching, download the product user guide PDF(s)
The individual CS5 pages also have links to the earlier user guide pages
CS5 User Guides - online and PDF (right click PDF link to save PDF to your hard drive)
A "crash course" http://forums.adobe.com/thread/761834
A Video Primer for Premiere http://forums.adobe.com/thread/498251
Premiere Tutorials http://forums.adobe.com/thread/424009
CS5 Premiere Pro Tutorials http://forums.adobe.com/message/2738611
CS5 Tutorials http://bellunevideo.com/tutlist.php
Premiere Pro Wiki http://premierepro.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page
Tutorial HD to SD w/CS4 http://bellunevideo.com/tutorials/CS4_HD2SD/CS4_HD2SD.html
Color correction http://forums.adobe.com/thread/892861
After Effects Tutorials http://www.videocopilot.net/
Surround Sound http://forums.adobe.com/thread/517372
Photo Scaling for Video http://forums.adobe.com/thread/450798
-Too Large May = Crash http://forums.adobe.com/thread/879967
-And another crash report http://forums.adobe.com/thread/973935
Encore Tutorial http://www.precomposed.com/blog/2009/05/encore-tutorial/
And more Encore http://library.creativecow.net/articles/devis_andrew/
Regions and NTSC vs PAL http://forums.adobe.com/thread/951042