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Man walks in to a doctor's office and says "Hey Doc, it hurts when I do this." Doc says "So don't do that".
Point here is, don't use Divx. It's a final delivery format, not an editing format.
o..k thanks- any good editing format except for uncompressed? my hdd isn't infinite you know
DV AVI type 2 is what Premiere prefers... look here for tools
Divx/XVid is just as valid an editing format as DV or Mpeg. Premiere is one of the only applications that can't handle DivX/XVid. Sony Vegas has no problem, and VirtualDub, which is open source freeware, works fine too, as well as almost any media player.
A work around with Premiere is to convert your files to a different codec. I like the free lagarith lossless codec. Don't convert to DV. DV is a crappy format and the double compression of first DivX/XVid then DV will destroy the quality of your footage.
>Divx/XVid is just as valid an editing format as DV or Mpeg.
Sorry but...no, they're not. (And that includes MPEG.)
What don't you like about XVid? I like it's 4:2:0 over DV's 4:1:1, its flexibility in allowing you to select and trade off compression vs. quality, its support for any frame size, and its ability to store I-frame only video or short gop, which is great for super fast editing.
DV has only one frame size, a fixed compression rate, and poor quality.
Most Xvid files use a GOP. That's what makes then a poor choice for editing. Same with Divx and most forms of MPEG. If an I-frame only option is available for Xvid encoding, this is the first I'm hearing of it. That certainly would go a long way to making such files easier to edit, but I dare say that is not the norm for Xvid files.
Yup, Xvid supports I-frame only. In the Video For Windows setup dialog, just choose I-frame interval of 1 and turn off B-frames and there you go: an I-frame only, 4:2:0, DCT based, open source, highly optimized codec with user settable compression/quality tradeoff. Can't see any reason to use old DV with that available. Too bad Premiere won't make their Video For Windows code conformant so that all the wonderful codecs out there would be available to us :(
Well there you go. The reason to still use DV is because of it's ubiquity.
As for Xvid being DCT based, I don't believe that's true. Xvid is an open source implementation of Divx, which is a proprietary version of MPEG4. And it's not even a very good version of MPEG4, using only the Advanced Simple Profile rather than Main or High Profiles.
What is the source of the files that you normally convert to XviD, Veronica?