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The AVI file name is just that... a name
You need to have DV AVI Type II files for best editing
Find something to convert what you have to what you need
Also, FREE Gspot to find out what CODEC created a file
Dan, stay away from conversion to Mpeg as a solution to bypass quality concerns. Also, Mpeg is not a format that PE is optimized for handling, especially on large complex projects.
Conversion to DV-AVI will reduce these concerns.
If you can take your existing AVI, and import to Windows Movie Maker successfully, then export (Publish) as a DV-AVI, taking the defaults.
WMM comes free with XP and Vista, or is a free download from Microsoft.
Another option is VirtualDub for convert to AVI type 2, but I've been using WMM with good results for quite a while...
To clarify, there are many different kinds of "AVI". The file extension of ".avi" is not enough, by itself, to tell you what *kind* of AVI it is.
If you run the GSpot utility against your .avi file, it will tell you which flavor of AVI the file is (i.e. which codec was used). DV-AVI is just one type of AVI (MJPEG-DVI is another, as an example).
Then, within DV-AVI, there are 2 types: Type 1 and Type 2. Basically with Type 1, the audio and video are glued together, whereas with Type 2 the audio and video are separate.
For editing with Premiere, DV-AVI Type 2 is the gold standard (I believe). I'm not sure whether WMM exports Type 1 or Type 2.
Again, GSpot will tell you all this info about your .AVI file.
Unless it has changed with later Vista versions, WMM Exports to DV-AVI Type I. Often, these work with few problems. Sometimes the Audio sync can be off by a bit (usually within about 12 frames, and constant OOS). I'd love to see WMM go to the Type II CODEC, and do not know why they have not made that switch.
The .avi files are not captured using either WMM or P.E. 3.0 They are stored in the camera on a 2Gb SD card. I just plugged the card into my computer and moved the files to a new folder. I then import into PE 3.0. I am still puzzled as to why they are recognized sometimes, but not other times...very intermittent, and with three different clips in the storyline, I never got all three recognized at the same time...weird
Gspot indicates a MULAW audio codec and a MJPG video codec, container box info says AVI v1.0.
How do you convert to DV-AVI if you are not capturing? thanks in advance
Motion JPEG (MJPG) is not a good edit codec
I do use that file format so don't know what software you would use, but converting to DV AVI Type II should help... a lot
""How do you convert to DV-AVI if you are not capturing?""
Dan, if you can import (Open) the file successfully with WMM, just drag it to the Timeline, then Publish (export) it using the DV-AVI defaults.
The resultant DV-AVI file can then be imported into PE.
If WMM generates an error on import, the same approach can be attempted with VirtualDub.
As the video files are currently on your PC, there's no need to capture (from Camcorder or SD Card) at this point in the exercise, just convert and load into PE...