>miniDV... Windows Movie Maker (Vista) to convert the file to .avi
That does not compute!
When you transfer video from a minidv TAPE camera, it is automatically created as DV AVI
What, exactly, are you doing to get something other than DV AVI from a minidv tape camera?
When I initally import it through movie maker I do not think it is DV AVI. If it was why would it not be compatible with Elements? I am forced to use Movie Maker to achieve DV AVI to make it work with 9.0/10.0. I would just import with Elements but it does not work, even after a new laptop and a fresh start.
Along the lines of John T's questions, one would Capture from a miniDV tape camera, via FireWire 400 (IEEE-o1394a/iLink), with the Capture module in PrE. For that material, there is no Import, per se.
Have you tried doing the Capture with PrE from that camera?
As John T mentions, then the created file should be DV-AVI.
If you have Windows Movie Maker Live (was introduced about Vista), it cannot Capture and then Export anything but WMV, which is a heavily-compressed format, that is tough to edit, and with that compression, much has been lost, that no conversion process can ever recover.
Good luck, and let us know if you can Capture via FW-400 through PrE.
Thank you, I will attempt again to capture from PrE 9.0 and 10.0.
If you can't figure out how to use PreEl to work with your camera and Firewire, some options...
http://www.scenalyzer.com/main.html Do note that the demo version of ScenalyzerLive puts a watermark in the files it creates
I am now using Windows 7 with no such movie maker.
W7 offers Windows Movie Maker Live. But I recommend Windows Movie Maker 2.6 it works fine with W7 32 & 64 bit and has the DV-AVI output feature removed from the 'Live' version.
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