14 Replies Latest reply on Jun 2, 2012 10:43 AM by the_wine_snob

    Wrong file type or codec


      Since upgrading from Premier Elements 8.0 to PE 10.0 I am unable to add any .avi files to a project.  I get the error message: "This type of file is not supported, or the required codec is not installed."


      I am able to play any of these files in Organizer, I just can't import them into the Editor.


      Any ideas?

        • 1. Re: Wrong file type or codec
          Barbara B. Level 7

          moving to Premiere Elements forum

          • 2. Re: Wrong file type or codec
            John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            What is inside that AVI 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


            For PC http://www.headbands.com/gspot/ or http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en

            For Mac http://mediainspector.massanti.com/

            • 3. Re: Wrong file type or codec
              Firecapt1 Level 1



              I'll reply soon with the info you need to help troubleshoot this problem.


              Having said that I feel that we are being let down by Adobe on this.  Both of my digital cameras store video in the .avi format.  I have a Fuji Finepix A800 and a Fuji Finepix 1800.


              In the past I have had programs that, for whatever reason, didn't have the codec necessary to play or edit a file.  The program offered to download the appropriate codec to solve the problem.


              This is not an unusual or minor format, it is used by thousands of cameras worldwide.  Come on Adobe, get with it.  If the codec isn't installed the program should offer to download and install it!


              Now, I am going to have to jump through all sorts of hoops, and hope that in the end I can resolve this issue.


              Thanks to all the forum members willing to help with this.  Adobe should have already resolved the problem!!

              • 4. Re: Wrong file type or codec
                nealeh Level 5

                Take a look at the articles John referenced. AVI is not a codec, it's what's inside the AVI file that is important, and that could be any one of dozens of different codecs.


                You can find what is inside your AVI file with either Gspot or MediaInfo.


                Insanity is hereditary, you get it from your children

                • 5. Re: Wrong file type or codec
                  Firecapt1 Level 1



                  Here's a screenshot of the gspot results:



                  • 6. Re: Wrong file type or codec
                    Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

                    As you can see, this AVI uses the MJPEG codec, which Premiere Elements usually can't work with.


                    If you follow the instructions in my link above, you will convert your file to a DV file, which Premiere Elements can work with.

                    • 7. Re: Wrong file type or codec
                      Firecapt1 Level 1

                      Sorry Steve but I don't see a link?

                      • 8. Re: Wrong file type or codec
                        Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

                        Oops, sorry. That was a different thread with a similar problem.


                        Here's the link.


                        • 9. Re: Wrong file type or codec
                          the_wine_snob Level 9

                          As Steve says, your AVI files contain the MJPEG CODEC.


                          As most camera mfgrs. tweak the CODEC's, to suit their needs, just having AN MJPEG CODEC installed, still might not be good enough. With MJPEG from a particular camera, I strongly suggest that you install THEIR version. Most camera mfgrs. include their version of the CODEC on the utility disc, that ships with the camera. It might be a direct install (not likely nowadays), it might install along with the camera's driver (would be the best case, but not many camera mfgrs. do it this way), or the CODEC might install as part of some editing, or cataloging program on that utility disc (most common, but many users do not plan on using the included software, so do not realize that they need to install it, just to get the CODEC onto their system). When the Fuji MJPEG CODEC is properly installed, the PrE should be able to use it. PrE can deal with MJPEG, but it must the exact MJPEG CODEC used - Panosonic, Nikon, Fuji, and many, many others tweak MJPEG, so a generic MJPEG CODEC, such as from MainConcept, or Morgan, might not work with the specific version in the files from those cameras. Go to the source, and install the MJPEG CODEC, that came with your camera, and you should be good to go - just match your Project to the files produced.


                          Good luck,



                          • 10. Re: Wrong file type or codec
                            Firecapt1 Level 1

                            Here's how I resolved the problem:


                            Installed the "Fuji FinePix Viewer" software that came with the camera (I didn't want to install this originally since I already had PE installed).  As part of the install, it installed Quicktime Viewer.


                            After restart checked PE and the clips imported properly.


                            Thought I'd see if now uninstalling both Fine Pix Viewer & Quicktime might leave the proper driver/codec files on the drive and PE might continue to work properly....No go!


                            Reinstalled FinePix Viewer only, checked PE ....No go


                            Uninstalled FinePix Viewer and reinstalled Quicktime...PE working properly.


                            Final solution...install Quicktime...problem solved!

                            • 11. Re: Wrong file type or codec
                              the_wine_snob Level 9

                              Thank you for testing and reporting.


                              Personally, I would urge all camera mfgrs. to include their particular version of the CODEC for separate install, regardless of other software included, but that process seems to be falling out of favor, and I do not understand why.


                              Many users wish to use other NLE programs, to edit their footage, and having to install all sorts of programs, just to get the proper CODEC does not seem wise. Still, it has become the norm.


                              I would also urge the mfgrs. to include a paragraph about CODEC's, in their manual, whether printed, or on-line.


                              Glad that you got it sorted, and happy editing,



                              • 12. Re: Wrong file type or codec
                                the_wine_snob Level 9

                                For others, who are experiencing problems with footage shot with the MJPEG CODEC (seems most popular with stills cameras, that also shoot motion), this ARTICLE might prove useful.


                                Good luck,



                                • 13. Re: Wrong file type or codec
                                  Firecapt1 Level 1

                                  Thanks to everyone for your help, much appreciated!!

                                  • 14. Re: Wrong file type or codec
                                    the_wine_snob Level 9

                                    You are most welcome, and I am just glad that you can now edit your footage from the Fuji.


                                    You can probably mark your question "Answered," as that will likely be helpful to others, who come upon it later, through maybe a Search on "Fuji," or "MJPEG."


                                    Good luck and happy editing,