11 Replies Latest reply on Oct 9, 2012 4:26 PM by the_wine_snob

    reading AVI files

    harry_wg1234 Level 1

      premier elements 10

      windows 7 64 bit


      i am new to pse10


      i can read some of my avi files but not all (most) of them.


      i get the following error message


      "This type of file is not supported, or the requied codec is not installed."



      How should i proceed?



        • 1. Re: reading AVI files
          the_wine_snob Level 9

          AVI's can have all sorts of "stuff" in them. It is this "stuff," basically the CODEC used, that is causing you the problem.


          See this article, and tell us what the differences are, between the AVI files that work, and those that do not. http://forums.adobe.com/message/3612671#3612671


          Good luck,



          • 2. Re: reading AVI files
            John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            Are those files you captured from a DV tape camera... or did you download from the Internet... or did you "rip" them from something like a DVD?


            An AVI that contains the divx or xvid codec will not work


            An AVI that contains the H.264 codec will not work


            You need DV AVI type 2 with 16bit 48khz sound

            • 3. Re: reading AVI files
              harry_wg1234 Level 1

              thank you both.


              the avi are mostly my home movies of the kids.


              there were originally taken out of the camera via analogue and later by digital means.


              they were burnt to DVDs and i extrated the avis out of the DVDs a month or so ago in order to tidy them up.


              i have just go a pc with enough power and was given pse10 for my birthday hence the new project.


              some of the avi are funny clips downloaded from the web.


              so basically the avi came from different sources.


              maybe i can read them direct from the dvd.


              maybe there is some sort of conversion program that can convert them to a format that pse10 can read.


              thanks for the info


              i will go and explore


              I will be back

              • 4. Re: reading AVI files
                harry_wg1234 Level 1

                i am reading the link sent by Bill and will go and get g-spot, still reading.

                • 5. Re: reading AVI files
                  the_wine_snob Level 9



                  It seems that those AVI's have had an interesting journey, with several conversion steps along the way.


                  For the ones, that were burned to DVD, were those DVD-Data discs (where just the AVI files were copied to them), or were they DVD-Video (where the AVI files were converted to MPEG-2, for playback on a DVD player, hooked to a TV)? There will be a difference in the files, and also perhaps a difference in your workflow.


                  After you have researched the AVI's a bit more, let us know the CODEC in the good ones, and the bad ones.


                  Good luck,



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                  • 6. Re: reading AVI files
                    harry_wg1234 Level 1

                    Bill, that link was very informative.


                    I have just downloaded g-spot so will investigate the files more and report back.


                    The AVI were converted from DVD discs. the were burnt as DVDs (VOB files?)


                    I had a lot of DVD of my kids so I used a conversion program to extracted the video at some point in the process I switched from saving them as mpg to AVI.


                    I think I did this because I found I could not play mpg files from the VOB files, other than the first VOB file in a series.


                    You helped me out with this quite a while back.


                    I think larger videos were in multiply VOB files as a VOB can only be a certain maximum size, 1 GB?


                    I think I found that converting them to AVI allowed me to read all of them, from all the VOB files.


                    Basically what the plan is, is to get the videos that were just copied from the camcorder (dating back to the '90s) straight onto VHS tape (via a composite video link) then later transferred to DVD (the quality goes down each time - I have to accept this fact) into a format that I can store on my NAS drive and thus stream to my TV.


                    I thought that as I now have a video editing program that my wife bought me for my birthday that I would cut out the wobbly bits, the video that is swinging around from the roof to the floor at 100 mph and consequently making the viewer sea-sick, etc.


                    Add some titles, make the clips smaller with transitions etc.


                    It will be a slow progress as I have a lot to learn about video editing and PSE10.


                    But what is life without a challenge?

                    • 7. Re: reading AVI files
                      harry_wg1234 Level 1

                      i have looked at a file in g-spot


                      File Length Correct

                      Compatibility Note: DV Type 1 AVI

                      OpenDML (AVI v2.0)

                      DV Audio/Video: 172 MB (99.69%)

                      AVI Overhead: 555 KB (0.31%)


                      this file plays in windows media player


                      i imported it into psse10


                      i added a title and shared it as a comuter file, i have tried varios formats.


                      i would like it to be in a format that will play and be able to stream to my TV.



                      Both the file and pse10 do not play the video, the audio plays and the title is displayed but the video doesn't move.


                      i just get a still image and the audio playing.

                      • 8. Re: reading AVI files
                        Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

                        You'll need to convert the Type 1 AVI to a Type 2 AVI.


                        To do this, open the file in VirtualDub (free from Virtualdub.org) and then use File/Save As to save a copy of the file. This new copy of your file will work perfectly in Premiere Elements.


                        What format your share your file as from Premiere Elements in order to "stream to my TV" depends on the device you're using to stream your video to your TV. What are you using? A Tivo? Apple TV? A Roku box hooked up to Facebook?

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                        • 9. Re: reading AVI files
                          harry_wg1234 Level 1

                          thanks for the info.


                          i will download it now.


                          i was using a ps3 to stream but that has left home (with my son - well it was his)


                          so i think i will get a weatern digital WD TV Live


                          File Formats Supported;


                          Video - AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, VOB,

                                      MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1),

                                     TS/TP/M2T (MPEG1/2/4, AVC, VC-1),

                                     MP4/MOV (MPEG4, h.264), M2TS, WMV9, FLV (h.264)


                          Photo - JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG


                          Audio - MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF,

                                      OGG, Dolby Digital, DTS

                          • 10. Re: reading AVI files
                            harry_wg1234 Level 1



                            well i have just edit my first avi, converted it to type 2, imported it, added a title and saved it as a mp4 and it works.


                            thank you all



                            now i have to work out how to delete sections, cut them into smaller sections, fix the ausio.


                            you can hear the motor whine as the camcorders built in mic pics up the camcorders motor sound.


                            so i guess i can extract the audio and clean it up and re-import it. got to get teh timing right, that migh be tricky.


                            or are there any audio tools in pse10


                            could anyone recommend a good book (or web tutorial) on this program, the video side not the photo side.

                            • 11. Re: reading AVI files
                              the_wine_snob Level 9

                              Fixing background noise can be very tough, to downright impossible. It depends on the frequency range of the noise, and also what parts of the Audio, one wishes to maintain. This article goes into more detail: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/572518?tstart=30


                              Good luck,



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