What model of camcorder is your video coming from? The only AVI codec Premiere Elements 10 supports universally is the DV codec, which is present when video is captured from a miniDV camcorder over a FireWire connection.
Is this where your footage is coming from?
If your footage is coming from a still camera, it could be using the MJPEG codec, which is not supported by default.
If your AVIs are coming from a screen capture program, like FRAPS, it's gets a bit sketchier.
Open one of your AVIs in G Spot or MediaInfo and note the dimensions, frame rate and audio and video codecs listed.
Thanks Steve, I am not that familiar with all the codecs etc, so I will try
when I get a chance to use the programme you suggest.
The footage is an avi file - completed 5 minute film made some years ago
using cyberlink power director (V 8 I think) then rendered to .avi. Since
then it has been stored in this form on our computer and now one of the
actors wants another copy. I now use prel 10 and this is where the problem
has arisen. It is a 720 x 576 originally from a video tape dv cam. I now
use full hd from a dslr, thus the need for a program that can handle 1080
widescreen without crashing all the time. Thanks for your advice, I will
give it a go.
It is almost impossible to know everything about every CODEC, and for the most part, it is not worth the effort trying.
However, this FAQ Entry, plus its CODEC link, will give you a bit of an overview: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037?tstart=0
Since CODEC's are the "building blocks" of Audio & Video files, that background should be useful.
Good luck, and when you get the CODEC in that AVI, let us know, and someone will be able to give you suggestions.
Hello again Steve,
I did download the Gspot program and put the said file in for analysis, but
since I am not really up with all of the technical terminology of video
formats etc, I am not sure which pieces of information are relavent to you
giving me advice. How do I take a screen shot of the page displayed and
send it to you. I am running 64 bit windows 2010 I'm pretty sure.
Thanks, I guess I simply have a lot to learn!
For attaching a screen-cap to the forum Reply, see this Tips & Tricks article: http://forums.adobe.com/message/2643538#2643538
Good luck, and that screen-cap should show all of the necessary information.
Great that you downloade the gspot utility. You have the information required at your finger tips.
Here is a screenshot of what you should be looking at before you go to File Menu/Open and browse to your file for analysis.
The immediate answers needed are found at the top right of that dialog VIDEO. What do you see there for your video
Codec, Name, and Status? Same for AUDIO at bottom left of dialog Codec? The other information in those fields
would be helpful, but the VIDEO and AUDIO information would expedite matters.
Top right Codec dvsd Name DVC/DV Video
Audio (lower left) this field is blank Info The Number "1"
button is highlighted. (nothing else here)
Does this help?
That was very helpful.
Now could I ask you for a few more details from that readout?
In the box where you see Container (left column of dialog) what does that say. Any mention of DV Type 2 AVI or Type 1?
I think that you have PAL DV AVI (could be 4:3 or 16:9) but the important matter that I would like to rule in or out is whether you have DV AVI Type 1 or 2. That DV AVI Type 1 could be creating the problems.
Thanks for follow up. Much appreciated.
It tells me it is Type 1.
That's a problem is it?
That has got to be it. The DV AVI Type 1 is a documented problem. Let us prove this is the case in your situation.
Here is what you do. Download and install the free program called DVdate.
Import your file into the program. You will then see a lineup of menus, including Convert menu.
Under the Convert menu, click on Convert to Type 2.
Then try to import that DV AVI Type 2 into your Premiere Elements PAL DV project.
Please let us know the results. If any questions about the above, please do not hesitate to ask.
Hi again ATR
Hey... PRESTO The thing worked!
Thanks so much everyone for your advice.
I'm not usually a forum participant but I reckon you lot are great!
I have in fact written, cast, shot ,edited and produced a feature film with
PREL 10 but don't really consider myself much of a technical person, so it
is great to have such a willing and helpful lot of folk out in the ether to
Thanks again, now I can put a menu and other bits on the copies of the
Kindest regards ATR and all the others as well. There is a lot of good
reading that has been referred to me through this and I am sure it will all
help me understand things heaps better.
We are very pleased with your great news of success. Congratulations. Good job.
Never hesitate to ask if you need any help with your Premiere Elements workflows. We appreciate the opportunity to be of assistance.