AVI is a loose term since it is really just a wrapper for various codecs inside. Unless you mean DV AVI like the older Mini DV cameras.
Actually, MPEG is an even looser term for a wrapper.
So, exactly what is it you want to do? Capture on a PC and use it on a Mac?
If so, I suggest you look into capturing with Cineform. http://cineform.com/products/gopro-cineform-studio-premium
I like using Cineform. It is easier on the PC, makes exporting and reimporting a lot better since the loss is significantly less. And it is available for PC and Mac.
Oh. And it captures to AVI.
No. PP doesn't give you a choice on this one.
No, I dont want to capture on PC and then edit on Mac.
The team that taped the video taped it on an HDV camera (they edit on Macs).
(Our team uses a standard, older Mini DV camera, and captures to premiere--where I just use the .avi setting.)
They took some footage for us on the HD camera. I was hoping to capture the footage to premiere, but it only appears that I can capture it as MPEG 5.
Can you downconvert the output to SD in the camera menu?
You should get avi then.
What kind of camera?
You should be able to capture HDV from a Sony Z1 or FX1 or similar into an HDV .mpeg file. At least, that is what I can do with Premiere Pro CS6.
Or, get a copy of HDVSplit and capture it that way into M2T files. Same thing, different extension.
We just had this conversation here: http://forums.adobe.com/message/4706572#4706572
capture it as MPEG 5.
On a side note, it's actually MPEG 2 not 5. (The latest version of MPEG is only up to 4.)
I noticed that but didn't have a chance right then to figure out what he meant. I have been away a while and you never know, maybe the Motion Picture Experts Group had been busy. Glad to hear I am not that far behind.
The mpeg file that Premiere Pro captures is what you want. Just make sure to edit on a HDV sequence. I always - always - create my sequence by dropping some footage on the "New Item" button which creates a sequence with the exact same settings as my footage. Look at the settings, you should see:
File Path: (your file path and file name)
Type: MPEG Movie
File Size: Your file size
Image Size: 1440 x 1080
Frame Rate: 29.97
Source Audio Format: 48000 Hz - compressed - Stereo
Project Audio Format: 48000 Hz - 32 bit floating point - Stereo
Total Duration: Your duration
Pixel Aspect Ratio: 1.3333