Windows or Mac, and which version of the program?
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
https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1070933 for screen shot instructions
Free programs to get file information for PC/Mac http://mediaarea.net/en/MediaInfo/Download
What is the brand/model/settings for the camera that recorded your "avi" that may give us the immediate answers that we need
to determine the whys in your situation. See John's reply, post 1.
Just in case mention....avi, mp4, .wmv, mpg, .mov for example are file extensions that represent a type of "container/wrapper" format
that wraps the video and audio compression of a file. While Premiere Elements may support a particular video compression or a particular
wrapper format, it does not always support certain combinations of video compression and wrapper format. Case in point...Premiere Elements
supports the video compression AVCHD and the wrapper format .avi. But in a file with both, Premiere Elements will not support that.
Thanks for trying to help me.
I'm on a PC, using Windows 7, and it's Premiere Elements 11.
I tried to follow your link on Codec, but I'm afraid it's a bit too technical for me.
Here is, although, a screen shot of the movie I try to shoot. Basically I want to film a big white paper where I draw and write words.
Thanks for trying to help me.
The camera is a Nikon D5000 and as for settings, I chose the best one: 1280x720 (16:9)
Does that give you any clue?
The Nikon D5000 information was a big help. I went online to discover that it uses video compression named MotionJPEG and has the .avi file extension which
represents the format used to wrap the video and audio compression. But, our target is the MotionJPEG video compression being used. It has been very problematic
for Premiere Elements versions. It is a toss up of whether the video codec for MotionJPEG is installed on your computer or it is installed but not recognized by Premiere
The classical remedies include
If a utility came with the Nikon D5000, download and install it to obtain the needed video codec.
Convert the video (MotionJPEG.avi) to another format that is compatible with Premiere Elements. This could be free programs to obtain something like H.264.mp4.
MPEG Stream Clip Squared 5 - MPEG Streamclip video converter for Windows XP/Vista/7
Download and install the MotionJPEG codec (one source might be...offers tryout but is not free)
Please review and consider and then let us know the outcome as your schedule permits.
Followed your link and downloaded this MPEG Streamclip, opened it (had to install QuickTime as well) and converted my video. And now I can import it into Premiere.
Thanx a million!!!
Great news. And, great job. That MPEG Streamclip is a great program. I think it can even do batch encoding.
Best wishes moving forward with your Premiere Elements projects. Sounding very good.