AVI is not a CODEC. It is a format. It can contain many different CODEC's, and hence the confusion by many.
What is the actual CODEC used by your video screen-capture program? That is what will be important.
See this article for more info on AVI (and other) files: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037?tstart=0
There are some links to utilities, that can peek inside the AVI wrapper. If you give us that info, someone can direct you.
This article has some links to various threads, and articles, on some popular video screen-cap programs, and how to handle their output: http://forums.adobe.com/message/2324919#2324919
Besides the video and audio compression for your video file with the .avi file extension, what program are you using to get this screen captured video?
And, what choices does that program give for capture and export other than this .avi file?
I use Debut Video Capture and it offers the following formats:
I also use VLC to record the stream (of this particular cam), it uses ASF - however I cannot embed date/time with VLC so it's just a backup in case of screen-freezes.
I wouldn't use WMV or MKV because they're too "heavy", I need to upload clips to YouTube quickly. AVI is a compromise. (If I used FLV the editor would convert it anyway before uploading to YouTube so it would not save a stage in the process.)
I noticed the PE said that MOV (?) would require QuickTime to be installed. I'd rather not clutter up my system with programs that I wouldn't use.
I'm working with low quality wildlife webcams.
Bill, sorry - my title was an ill-advised compression, I meant "Why does PE not find the codec required for my AVI recording (when it has to be on my hard drive somewhere as other programs are using it)?"
I obviously haven't the faintest idea what I'm doing, and I warn you, I am an "old dog".
Please open your AVI file in a program like G Spot or Media Info (free downloads) and post the resolution, frame rate and audio and video codecs the program lists for the file.
Oh heck, I Googled "GSpot Guide" to save me leaving this page...
(Of course I should have opened link in new tab, can't think why I didn't.)
BTW, PE doesn't seem to open VLC's asf recordings at all.
UPDATE - I've just recorded a short clip in MP4 and PE is playing it.
There's no sound but I had to find a cam with activity on it quickly, this cam may not have sound for all I know.
I wouldn't be a problem for me to change from AVI to MP4 (I don't think).
Thanks for the follow up. Your screenshot was very help and describes what you have as:
AVCHD (MPEG4 AVC/H.264) video compression (classed as AVCHD-LITE because frame size does not represent 1920 x 1080 display).
MP3 (MPEG 1 Layer 3) audio compression
and those wrapped with the .avi format
All that is characterized by the frame size 600 x 380 (square pixels).
All that being said...
Try the .mp4 choice even with the AVCHD codec (alternatively .mov). But, install QuickTime (latest version).
My fuzzy recollection is that AVCHD.avi is a problem for Premiere Elements. As for QuickTime, it is a Premiere Elements requirement. So, it will do more than just allow you to work with this specific project.
But, what you could try with what you have (AVCHD.avi) is to rename just the file extension of the file
.avi to .m2t
.avi to .mts
.avi to .m2ts
.avi to .mov
.avi to .mp4
But do install the latest version of QuickTime.
You have what I consider an atypical video (atypical in what Premiere Elements offers in the way of project presets, looks more like 16:9 than anything else. Where are you going export wise with this footage. Consider:
1. Setting Premiere Elements 11 project preset manually (assuming that is what you have)
To set project preset manually,
Make sure to put a check mark next to "Force Selected Project Setting on This Project" before you exit the new project dialog.
Then, import your file via Add Media/Files and Folders/ and into Project Assets from where you drag your file to Expert workspace Timeline.
A major goal in setting this project preset is to direct the project to set up the correct space in the Edit Mode Monitor for editing purposes.
Please do not hesitate to ask for clarification on anything that I have written.
AVI > MP4 = This type of file is not supported, or the required codec is not installed. (However, it can handle recordings made in mp4, that's a plus.)
AVI > MOV = ditto
AVI > M2T = The importer reported a generic error.
AVI > MTS = ditto
AVI > M2TS = ditto
I've installed Quicktime
I see that there is a feature in PE that would encourage me to stop crying and get on with learning - it would allow me to upload an all-night recording of my barn owls in FF.
But I can't even get the hang of the basic cutting and joining yet.
Probably nothing I produce is standard 16:9 or 4:3, because I often stretch the frame downwards a little to prevent my timeline encroaching too much onto the nests. For example:
And the cam "outputs" are different shapes and sizes, this is a download via VLC in asf:
Sounds like progress.
Can I assume that you were able to import and use your AVCHD.mp4 after you downloaded and installed the QuickTime (latest version).
So far I do not think you mentioned the version of Premiere Elements that you are using. I mention this especially since AVCHD is not supported by Premiere Elements until Premiere Elements 7. So, if you had had version 4, that could have been a factor.
1. Project Preset should match properties of source media so that the program is directed by that to present the correct space in the Edit Mode Monitor for editing purposes.
2. Scaling of Timeline content to fit the space in the Edit Mode Monitor is possible
a. Motion Panel/Scale property
b. Clicking on monitor to get image's bounding box and dragging on handles of the bounding box
When I purchased my first Elements product, my first thoughts included "What have you gotten yourself into?" The learning curve gets easier and easier to navigate when you start with exploration, experimentation, and asking a lot of questions on things that seem to defy navigating.
We look forward to your progress. You will do well.
Version = download of trial from Adobe site yesterday. The only editors I've used before are Freemake Video Converter (primarily a converter, as you'd expect, but it could be a brilliant basic editor if they'd fix the faults that creep in every time they add conversion for yet another new gadget/format) and Machete. Both very simple and intuitive.
It handled mp4 "straight out of the box", ie, before installing Quicktime.
I need time in which there's nothing else going on but am going to have to dip in and out, which is not the way I learn - I need immersion
I have looked briefly at a couple of tutorials and will pay them more attention soon.
Please consider use life preservers in your immersion process if and when you need us.
I agree distractions make the learning curve ever that much more slippery.
Best wishes and looking forward to learning of your progress when you have the time.