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Normally this happens when people try editing video that was not meant to be edited.
If you can convert externally, convert your clips to DV video, which is what Premiere generally works best with.
> If you can convert externally, convert your clips to DV video, which is what Premiere generally works best with.
Hmmm. The video portion of the AVI file may well be DV compressed for all we know. The OP did say that he has tried various compressors with no luck.
I will correct Jim's statement so that it is more relevant to the particular issue in question:
...convert the audio to a format such as uncompressed PCM audio (or uncompressed .WAV file), which is what Premiere generally works best with.
If you can open your AVI in VirtualDub, go to the Audio menu and select "Full Processing". The audio should be decompressed when it is written to a new AVI file. To avoid accidental/unncessary recompression of the video, choose "Direct Stream Copy" from the Video menu.
It is true, however, that Premiere is not crazy about temporally compressed video. If your video is DivX or something like that, you may be wise to compress it differently. DV is a good choice for speedy editing... Lagarith works well enough if lossless quality better for suits your needs.
As far as I know, DV compression can only include PCM audio.
You can mux just about any audio format with any video compressor.
Thanks, running the audio through on that setting allowed the import.
Well how about that. You can indeed have other kinds of audio in a "DV" file.