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I think the prevailing wisdom is XVid = convert to edit in PP. Some "meant for watching" codecs can be worked with in PP, but I don't recall success stories for XVid.
Stanley's solution is the way that I handle similar footage. When I get handed Xvid, or DivX footage, I convert to DV-AVI Type II, warn the client about the loss of quality, and edit. I do all of the conversion outside of PP with a standalone conversion program, that allows batch conversion. Load it up, point it the correct folder, get a cup of coffee and when I get back, I have the DV-AVI's to Import into PP. Like I stated, you WILL take a quality hit, especially when going out to DVD, or similar. Both of those CODEC's are delivery formats and are highly compressed to begin with. Still, with a little work before Import, they can be edited fine in PP. Oh, did I mention the quality hit?
Thank you Stanley and Bill for your input.
Sorry for checking the topics progress so late.
Bill, could I ask what specific software you are using for this batch conversion task?
Like I stated in my first post I am able to edit the Pov.1 material when plugging in my secondary HD with Xp and CS3 on it. So I can fiddle about with that as well but if you could supply me with the name of your software it would save me all that time swapping harddrives back and fourth. There are so many out there, would like to eliminate risk of malware and such by using the software you have.
(reminder, cs3 does not do AVCHD, #1 of many reasons why I prefer cs4)
I'm still testing various xvid/mpeg4 settings with ffdshow and other codecs, I'm still determined to find a solution, for everyone. After all, it CAN run under CS3.
I have also submitted the case to Adobe. Hoping to hear from them soon. Anyone else care to throw some thoughts in?
Thanks again for the input so far,
I agree with Bill & Stanley. Compressed videos using Divx or Xvid offer spotty performance. Convert them to a standard camera format first.
I use DigitalMedia Converter (Deskshare), and it will use *most* properly installed CODEC's for the conversion. It does not include any of its own. That is one of the things that I like about it.
Every now and then, the DV-AVI converted file will Import into PP with an improper Duration. I have never figured out what I am doing wrong with those - no more than about 10%, if that high. I just Import these problem DV-AVI's into Premiere Elements (Duration is always correct there) and Export as DV-AVI. Clears it up 100% of the time for me.
To date, the above has been the only glitch, and it has to be OE on my part, though the conversion settings are the exact same, as for the ones that have the correct Duration. Phases of the Moon?