Please read here and answer the questions:
And for introductory video tutorials on Premiere Pro:
OK -- I am using CS4 4.2.1, on computer w/ MS Windows XP 2002, (My computer won't handle CS5 version.) The videos have extension .avi, from various digital cameras. The jerky/freezing issue is displaying during edit mode on PremierePro, as well as after I burned it onto a Blueray disc. I had hoped it was just because of my computer deficencies, and that after export to media and thru the encoding process, it wd turn out OK, but it did not.
Thx for your help Jeff, I will get better at this, and will watch the tutorial that you recommended.
>avi, from various digital cameras
That will MOST LIKELY mean they are not "true" DV AVI, but are some other codec inside a DVD 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
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
H.264 will NOT work inside an AVI wrapper http://forums.adobe.com/thread/854115
Thank you John, this is extremely helpful. I read Bill Hunt's post, and that described the problem exactly. I used the Gspot program, and here are the Codec details on one of my problem video files:
SIZE: 24.9 MB (25,590 KB / 26,204,684 bytes)
File Length Correct
Video: 24.8 MB (99.29%)
Audio: 165 KB (0.65%)
AVI Overhead 16.5 KB (0.6%)
Codec: PCM Audio
Info: 11024Hz 88 kb/s (1 chnl)
Stat: No Codec Required
Name: Motin JPEG
Status: Codec(s) are installed
Len 0:15:400 Frms 462 kbps 13515 Qf 1.466
Pics/s 30.000 Frames/s 30.000
pic (wxh) 640-480
sar 1.333 (4.3) par 1.000 (1.1) dar 1.333 (4.3)
So, according to Mr Hunt, it wd appear that I need to convert this video file into Spearmint gum? What is the program to do that??
I neglected to include the info in the last bottom box on the GSpot window -- it is headed by: Proposed Codec Solutions and Tests:
I clicked all the buttons, and it ends up with "Render OK. The Following combination of filters was used: and then a bunch of code.
I clicked the LAST blue button, and voila -- there was my video playing perfectly. I'm just not clear on how I apply that "combination of filters"
to my video to make the conversion.
Message was edited by: queenfa1
Your file is MJPEG... which you MAY be able to edit without conversion
Edit with Morgan or MainConcept http://www.morgan-multimedia.com/
- and problems with Samsung codec http://forums.adobe.com/thread/699493
If they still will not edit, you MAY need to convert...
Tools to Convert to DV-AVI http://forums.adobe.com/thread/415317
Convert your files to DV-AVI Type II with 48KHz 16-bit Audio
As well as the links just above, use Google to find conversion software
I have NOT used the products below, I only forward due to other mentions... so YMMV and
all the usual disclaimers... check the links and read to find out if one of the
products listed below will rip or convert the files you have to something you need for
http://www.magix.com/us/movie-edit-pro/ plus $5 Ship
http://www.deskshare.com/dmc.aspx Digital Media Converter
http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html Multi-Converter <-- supposed to be very good
http://www.dvddecrypter.org.uk/ or http://www.mrbass.org/dvdrip/
http://www.flaskmpeg.net/download.php Mpeg to AVI Converter
http://www.squared5.com/ MPEG Streamclip Converter
http://www.virtualdub.org/ Mpeg to AVI Converter
I am happy to report back that finally, after many hours of reading the various posts and reveiewing various software that all of you suggested, I found one quite simple solution, in the body of this post by Steve Grisetti: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/415317. Even as a novice, I was able to quite simply convert my problem video files (from older model digital cameras, canon and samsung) by using Windows Moviemaker, of all things. It worked like a charm, converted the files to DV-AVI in a matter of seconds, and they now play beautiffully in Premiere Pro. I also got quite an education on codecs in the process. Thank you everyone.
With MJPEG, I first suggest that one search the utility disc, that comes with their camera. There is usually a specific version of the particular MJPEG CODEC somewhere on that disc. Each camera mfgr. seems to love to tweak the MJPEG CODEC, to suit their purposes, and that often means that other MJPEG CODEC's might not work, or work well. The camera's utility disc should have that version of the MJPEG CODEC, but it might not be easy to find. It is sometimes a separate install, and sometimes will install with CODEC along with the camera's driver. However, in many cases, it will install, when one installs the camera's cataloging, or editing software. Even if one will not be using that software, having the proper version of the MJPEG CODEC will usually allow Premiere to edit the footage, without having to convert.
Still, converting is always a workaround, and if it works, that is great. I always like to "go native," if at all possible, but sometimes, it is just not possible, such as with Xvid/DivX, etc.
Thank you Hunt. I will definitely try that route first, if I encounter the issue again, and it is one of my own cameras. This time, unfortunately, I was putting together a retrospective on someone's life, and utilizing footage from various (unknown) sources where the stills/video clips had been taken sometimes many years ago by people I don't know.