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You start with CS3 and finish with CS4. Which one are you using (not that it will make much difference in this case)?
I wonder if you had a capture card with your Premiere 6.5 that used a CODEC no longer properly recognised by Premiere Pro? If you are not sure, try GSpot and post the answer so that someone might have a better chance of helping you.
Thanks for the reply.
It's CS4 (typo!)
I downloaded and run G-Spot. The CODEC was DVSD, exported via a DV500 hardware card.
I have a screenshot, but can't find how to post images here.
The more I try to think of a common factor, it appears the problem occurs mainly where there was transparency in the original project.
BTW, I tried opening the finished files directly in Encore. Exactly the same problem.
Shot in the dark here, but your clip appears to have an Alpha Channel in it. Try setting Premiere to ignore that.
> Raw capture files of the same vintage play fine.
Raw capture files will not have used the DV codec on your PC, so it's to be expected that they will play OK.
If you've still got the problem, what does GSpot have to say about the problem files - the codec fourcc code etc?
Jim - I tried selecting 'ignore alpha' in Interpret footage, then rendering. No luck, same problem.
Colin - I don't know what four cc codes are! I looked and looked at the G-spot report window, but I can see nothing which does not indicate bog-standard 4:3 DV AVI.
The files play fine with G-Spot's internal player.
It's definitely where there are overlaid titles or motion graphics that the problems are. But this does not make sense - the projects were rendered and exported.
Should I try playing in another application which can export fresh files? Any ideas if that might work, or a suggested application?
Have you updated all your drivers?
It is quite common to find that Windows CODECs used by the clip window will play OK, but then the same clip will not play off the timeline. This is because on the timeline the output goes through Premiere's rendering engine rather than Windows and this is less forgiving due to editing requirements.
I am able to import old DV500 output files into PPro CS4 without any problems.
I would still suspect something to do with installed CODECs versus your 32-bit DV file. DV is normally 24-bit and doesn't include an alpha channel (the final 8 bits of 32).
You might be able to eliminate the extra 8 bits using AVIsynth (free download) if you can't fix it another way.
Any chance you could give a link to a screenshot of Gspot (after you've played the file in GSpot so that it shows the filter graphs in the bottom-right pane).
Hi David and Colin
Many thanks for the help and suggestions.
I've cheated and given up trying to fix the problem. I downloaded a copy of Nero, imported the .avi files, then exported as MPEG2s, using the Nero transcoder set to maximum quality.
The MPEG2s import and play fine in CS4, so problem solved. Not an elegant or satisfying solution, or one which demonstrates any understanding of the problem, but it worked!
Best regards, Mark