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Apparently After Effects changed the way it imports AVI files and all they could do for Cineform is suggest that Cineform change the file extension to something else other than AVI.
One solution is to remove (hide elsewhere) two new files from the C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CS3\Support Files\(Media Core plug-ins)\en_us directory.
They are ImporterDirectShow.prm and ImporterAVI.prm
Then, download this file which has two registry changes. The "On" file allows you to use a different importer, and the "Off" file needs to be run and the two files restored if you need to import DV AVI files. Just extract and put the two files in a directory where you can remember to turn the Cineform importer on and off. I suggest putting them in the same directory where you are hiding the other two files. Copy the two files back, turn off the importer. Delete the two files and turn on the importer. Simple enough, if irritating.
I expect that Cineform will find a way around this eventually.
Thank you thank you thank you!!
So essentially it's one set of importers for Cineform and another set to use DV. Since I don't have a plethora of different formats on hand, do you know if enabling the Cineform importers will result in the inability to load all other types of video? Or will it impede all other AVI files?
I've passed my DV files through HD Link so that all my video is cineform , so I should be able to get around needing DV AVI support. I'm more worried about targa sequences, images, photoshop files, and MOV files.
Again, Thanks very much for your advice and help with this!
I believe it is only files with a AVI extension. I just tried to import a DV AVI into a brand new project and I didn't ven get an error message. It just didn't import.
On the other hand, WMV amd MOV files imported fine. Just something we will have to live with for a while I guess.