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What are the specs. of the AVI file? See this article for more detail, and how to peek inside the AVI wrapper: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037?tstart=0
My first guess would be that it uses the Xvid/DivX CODEC, and my second would be MJPEG for the Video CODEC.
Good luck, and please let us know more.
The video is from the camera of an eye tracking system by SMI (http://www.eyetracking-glasses.com/) and was processed in the manufacturer's proprietary software. When exporting the video from that software, I can choose between two codecs: WMV3 and XVID. I've tried both. But somehow neither of the videos are shown as videos in premiere elements (audio only), although they play just fine in the VLC player and windows media player on my WIN7 system.
This is what gspot has to say about the file:
FILE_NAME Wiehremarkt_01 VP1.avi FILE_NAME_WITH_PATH F:\Daten\Scanpath Videos\Wiehremarkt 19.09.2012\Wiehremarkt_01 VP1.avi FILE_SIZE 4,022,001,664 CONT_AUDIO_STREAM_COUNT 1 CONT_BASETYPE AVI(.AVI) CONT_BYTES_MISSING 0 CONT_INTERLEAVE_ALIGN CONT_INTERLEAVE_PRELOAD CONT_INTERLEAVE_TIME CONT_SUBTYPE Multipart OpenDML AVI (4 parts), CONT_TOTAL_BITRATE 0 VIDEO_ASPECT_CONVERT_AVI1 VIDEO_ASPECT_CONVERT_AVI2 VIDEO_ASPECT_CONVERT_CVD1 VIDEO_ASPECT_CONVERT_CVD2 VIDEO_ASPECT_CONVERT_DVD1 VIDEO_ASPECT_CONVERT_DVD2 VIDEO_ASPECT_CONVERT_SVCD1 VIDEO_ASPECT_CONVERT_SVCD2 VIDEO_ASPECT_CONVERT_VCD1 VIDEO_ASPECT_CONVERT_VCD2 VIDEO_ASPECT_SOURCE_MATCH VIDEO_ASPECT_TYPE_NTSC VIDEO_ASPECT_TYPE_PAL VIDEO_BITRATE 11275 VIDEO_CODEC_NAME WMP v9 (VC-1 Simple/Main) VIDEO_CODEC_STATUS Codec(s) are Installed VIDEO_CODEC_TYPE WMV3 VIDEO_DAR 1.333 VIDEO_DURATION 42:16.104 VIDEO_FIELDS_PER_SEC VIDEO_FRAME_COUNT 60866 VIDEO_FRAMES_PER_SEC 24.000 VIDEO_H264 VIDEO_MPEG2 VIDEO_MPEG2_3X2 VIDEO_MPEG2_BFF VIDEO_MPEG2_I_L VIDEO_MPEG2_PPF VIDEO_MPEG2_PROG VIDEO_MPEG2_TFF VIDEO_MPEG4 VIDEO_MPEG4_BVOP VIDEO_MPEG4_GMC VIDEO_MPEG4_NVOP VIDEO_MPEG4_QPEL VIDEO_PAR 1.000 VIDEO_PICS_PER_SEC 24.000 VIDEO_QF 0.382 VIDEO_SAR 1.333 VIDEO_SIZE_X 1280 VIDEO_SIZE_Y 960 AUDIO_BITRATE 1411 AUDIO_BITRATE_TYPE AUDIO_CHANNEL_COUNT 2 AUDIO_CODEC PCM Audio AUDIO_CODEC_STATUS No Codec Required AUDIO_MPEG_STREAM_ID AUDIO_MPEG_SUBSTREAM_ID AUDIO_SAMPLE_RATE 44100
The Xvid will likely never Import properly, unfortunately, but the WMV should. While WMV's are heavily-compressed, they are generally fully-supported, though do require a lot of resources to edit and then output.
If you are able to play the WMV files on Windows Media Player (not VLC, GOM or MediaPlayer Classic - will explain in a moment), then PrE should be able to Import the files just fine, and if you have a stout computer, you should be able to edit the files.
You should also be able to Import those files into Windows Movie Maker, do light editing, then Export those files for final work in PrE. Note: the older WMM could Export to DV AVI, where, unless things have changed, WMM Live can only Export to WMV.
I would first test with WMP, and WMM, to see how that goes, then report here.
One other test to run would be to Rename your file from xxxx.AVI to xxxx.WMV, as PrE will probably not look in an AVI, expecting a WMV. [Why companies insist on doing things in a non-standard way, is a big mystery to me.] Does that Renamed file now Import and edit OK?
If not, and if WMM cannot work with either the original AVI, or the Renamed WMV, I would look into converting the file with a 3rd party program. For that work, I use an older shareware converter, DigitalMedia Converter 2.7, by Deskshare, as it is good, and will batch-convert. There are newer versions, but I have not tried them, since my old version works fine. I liked it so much, that I bought a copy for my laptop and one for my workstation. I would convert to DV AVI Type II (WMM, not the Live version, will do DV AVI Type I, which, while not perfect, usually Import and edit just fine).
PS - The reason that I suggested NOT playing in VLC, GOM or MediaPlayer Classic, is that they contain their own set of CODEC's, and will play many files, that other programs cannot, until the proper CODEC's are installed on the system. WMP, for instance, will only play files, when their necessary CODEC's are installed on the system, so for our test, we want to avoid players, with their own CODEC sets - ONLY with CODEC's, that are on the system.