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As you say your best bet may be to convert to DV-AVI... rather than installing a codec package with unknown consequences. You can convert to DV-AVI using Vista Movie Maker. Procedure is:
- Select File then Publish Movie
- Select This Computer and click next
- Name the file and location and click next
Then choose the settings for your movie
- Select More Settings
- Select DV-AVI(NTSC)
- Click the Publish Button
Thanks. Yes, that does work.
However, is there another solution?
This creates MUCH larger files to be stored. If I delete the files after making the movie, then they are also removed from the movie.
It also seems like I am first making a movie so I can make a movie. So why use Premier Elements. Of course I can do more editing with PE, but it then seems like I have to make a movie of each clip first which is a bit laborious and then end up with a bigger storage problem.
I don't mean to be negative. I just would like a way that PE could use the original files if it is possible.
Which camera are you using or what file types does it produce? You could download and use the free GSpot to determine the codec.
Then you could probably install the correct codec rather than installing a whole bunch of them. Let us know the above info.
I am using a Pentax Optio S5i.
GSpot under Codec has: mjpg - Motion JPEG including Huffman Tables.
It says I have 2 compatible codecs installed. AVI Draw and MJPEG Decompressor.
In Direc Show Render, the status is: Rendering Successful.
Sorry, The file types produced are IMGP....AVI.
Try to download and install the trial MJPEG codec from here:
I did that and I still get the same result. No audio at the end of the clip.
Looks like your only solution at the moment is to convert them. Maybe in the future let the camera run for an extra 5 seconds and then chop off the end of the clip.
okay, that should work. Thanks for all your help.