11 Replies Latest reply on Sep 23, 2014 6:31 AM by A.T. Romano

    avi file reported as wrong codec

    Ken Davies

      Trying to import an avi file but getting the message <<this type of file is not suppoerted, or the required codec is not installed>> how do I fix this

        • 1. Re: avi file reported as wrong codec
          John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          AVI is a wrapper, what is inside YOUR wrapper - Exactly what is INSIDE the video you are editing?

          Codec & Format information, with 2 links inside for you to read http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1270588


          Report back with the codec details of your file, use the programs below... A screen shot works well to SHOW people what you are doing

          http://forums.adobe.com/thread/592070?tstart=30 for screen shot instructions


          Free programs to get file information for PC/Mac http://mediaarea.net/en/MediaInfo/Download

          • 2. Re: avi file reported as wrong codec
            A.T. Romano Level 7

            Ken Davies


            You may be able to save yourself some time by just telling us the brand/model/settings for the camera that recorded your video.


            Premiere Elements has known problems with some formats with the .avi file extension


            AVCHD.avi. Is not supported.

            Xvid.avi is worse case format .

            MotionJPEG.avi has problems which can be resolved (more details to follow if necessary)


            We will be watching for further details.


            Thank you.



            • 3. Re: avi file reported as wrong codec
              Ken Davies Level 1

              Thank you both for the info - the camera details I do not know as the were created during a driving experience day, however using the MediaInfo programme, the file details are

              Format                            : AVI
              Format/Info                        : Audio Video Interleave
              File size                          : 8.34 MiB
              Duration                          : 35s 616ms
              Overall bit rate                  : 1 963 Kbps
              Writing library                    : Racelogic Video VBOX



              ID                                : 0
              Format                            : MPEG-4 Visual
              Format settings, BVOP              : Yes
              Format settings, QPel              : No
              Format settings, GMC              : No warppoints
              Format settings, Matrix            : Default (H.263)
              Codec ID                          : XVID
              Codec ID/Hint                      : XviD
              Duration                          : 35s 480ms
              Bit rate                          : 1 765 Kbps
              Width                              : 720 pixels
              Height                            : 576 pixels
              Display aspect ratio              : 4:3
              Frame rate                        : 25.000 fps
              Standard                          : PAL
              Color space                        : YUV
              Chroma subsampling                : 4:2:0
              Bit depth                          : 8 bits
              Scan type                          : Interlaced
              Scan order                        : Top Field First
              Compression mode                  : Lossy
              Bits/(Pixel*Frame)                : 0.170
              Stream size                        : 7.46 MiB (90%)



              ID                                : 1
              Format                            : MPEG Audio
              Format version                    : Version 1
              Format profile                    : Layer 2
              Codec ID                          : 50
              Duration                          : 35s 616ms
              Bit rate mode                      : Constant
              Bit rate                          : 192 Kbps
              Channel(s)                        : 2 channels
              Sampling rate                      : 48.0 KHz
              Compression mode                  : Lossy
              Stream size                        : 835 KiB (10%)
              Alignment                          : Aligned on interleaves
              Interleave, duration              : 24 ms (0.60 video frame)

              and from what AT Romano has given me it does not sound good as they are XVID.  Can they be edited with Premier Elements

              • 4. Re: avi file reported as wrong codec
                John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                Xvid/Divx are output files, not meant to be edited (variations of the MPEG4 codec, often used for Internet streaming video) so, they mostly do NOT edit well (if at all) in any flavor of Premiere, even if wrapped inside an AVI container

                Even STAFF says so! http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1441404?tstart=0

                • 5. Re: avi file reported as wrong codec
                  A.T. Romano Level 7

                  Ken Davies


                  You can only expect serious problems with the use of Xvid.avi in Premiere Elements (any version) even if you try to install an .Xvid codec.


                  Can you record your video file to another format, such as H.264.mp4?


                  The answer may be to convert the Xvid.avi to H.264.mp4 using one of the online converters for that purpose.


                  We can discuss converters next depending on your review of the above.





                  • 6. Re: avi file reported as wrong codec
                    A.T. Romano Level 7

                    Ken Davies


                    Just a quick Add On....


                    Although John has presented you with an Xvid Premiere Pro issue with comments made to the Premiere Pro question (no mention of Premiere Elements that I can find), I would remind you that there is a Xvid Premiere Elements issue as well. If necessary, I will dig out the Premiere Elements references to that point.



                    • 7. Re: avi file reported as wrong codec
                      John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                      >do NOT edit well (if at all) in any flavor of Premiere... I will change my notes to specifically include P-Elements

                      • 8. Re: avi file reported as wrong codec
                        Ken Davies Level 1

                        Again, thank you both for your help and info on this problem, I have 4 files provided by the organisers. One reports as corrupt and will not copy from the supplied data stick.  The other 3 although readable with Windows media player would be nice to edit into one video clip and remove some of the dross. Now understanding more about AVI files etc. looking back at the contents of the data stick there is a folder containg an Xvid.exe file with a readme file explaining that it has been provided to allow the files to be burned to a DVD (with a warning that it has not been tested with Win7).  Is it worth trying to load this codec or will PE not recognise it?  I note your suggestion that it may be possible to convert the files to a more usable codec for use with PE.  Can you point me at a suitable converter?

                        • 9. Re: avi file reported as wrong codec
                          A.T. Romano Level 7

                          Ken Davies


                          I have not tried to convert Xvid.avi to H.264.mp4, but, I would look at the following converters to determine if they will do the job







                          But, also review the following online article on free converters (article includes HandBrake and Format Factory in the converters mentioned).

                          http://www.techradar.com/us/news/software/applications/best-free-video-converter-12-on-tes t-1059245


                          Please update us on your progress when you get a chance.





                          • 10. Re: avi file reported as wrong codec
                            Ken Davies Level 1

                            THanks again for superb help.  I read the article in Techradar and decided to go for the MediaCoder as they gave it 100%.  The download from the Techradar site did not work but the one from MediaCoder - more than a universal audio/video transcoder - MediaCoder official website work OK.  More complicated than I need but using the installed settings iimporting my file and hitting start converted the file to x264 MP4 which then loaded into PE with no problems.  Tried with the 1st 2 of my files both have loaded int PE with no problems.  Not had time to do any editing yet but I can't see there being any problems.


                            Thaks again and I hope this can help others with similar problems.

                            • 11. Re: avi file reported as wrong codec
                              A.T. Romano Level 7

                              Ken Davies


                              Wonderful news, and thank you for the details of your workflow which will be appreciated by all, especially those who run into the same problem that you faced with Xvid.avi and Premiere Elements.


                              Great job of follow through.


                              Best wishes