Couple of things.
At this point, why download the 5.5 trial? I'm surprised it's still available. CS6 is the better version.
Next, not all media is created equally. PP is designed to work with camera generated video. Sometimes media from other sources works, sometimes not. So...you're best bet is to stick to using media you shot yourself from a supported camera.
For editing other kinds of media that PP doesn't handle well, there are a plethora of consumer-grade editors out there which often handle that odd media better than PP does.
>bunch of avi videos
1st, what codec is inside those files?
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
2nd, did you allow each file to complete the conforming Process?
Watch the progrexx bar at the bottom right of PPro to see the conforming status
If you did not allow conforming to finish, you need to flush the media cache and let conforming finish
5.5 is what I saw available for download.
Per one of your articles, I downloaded Gpot.
It indicates that all the video files are using 1 of 4 Codecs (all of which are installed on my computer):
XVID XviD 1.1.0 Beta 2
XVID XviD 1.1.0 Final
XVID XviD ISO MPEG-4
XVID XviD 1.1.2 Final
Again, there is a lack of consistency--some videos of each codec working and others not.
Yes, I allowed each to conform, though it seems like it just keeps cycling through the 64 files. Each file takes less than 30 seconds to conform, so in theory, when I open the program, they should be done conforming within 32 minutes. But it seems like it indicates a file is conformed and then, later, puts it through the process again.
However, as I've said, I did do a test wherein I opened a new project with just 2 videos. They had both finished conforming, but audio still wasn't working properly.
How do I flush the media cache to have it re-start from scratch, to see if that helps any?
OK, Xvid, and the commercial version, DivX, are not likely to Import and edit 100%. I am surprised that you have gotten as far, as you have.
I would convert those files to a format/CODEC, that PrPro can use easily. Xvid is NOT one of those. Of course, the ultimate would be to go to before the files were heavily compressed with Xvid, as you will have a major quality loss with either Xvid, or DivX files. If you cannot do that, then convert. You will have zero problems then.
Thanks for your insight.
Do you have any recommendations/suggestions on how I can convert the format from Xvid to a Premiere compatable format, as I currently don't have the source footage to play with?
You might start at http://www.xvid.com/
Tools to Convert to DV-AVI http://forums.adobe.com/thread/415317
Convert SD (Standard Definition) 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 editing
http://www.magix.com/us/movie-edit-pro/ plus $5 Ship
http://www.deskshare.com/media-converter.aspx Digital Media Converter
http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html Multi-Converter <-- supposed to be very good
I have always used an older shareware converter, DigitalMedia Converter 2.7, (Deskshare - and John T. links to them), and it works well. Deskshare has released several later versions, including a "Pro" version, but I have not used them, so cannot comment.
I have not used the others that John T. linked to, but each has its supporters on various forums.