Pr is really not designed for editing a display format like Divx. Your best bet if you have to edit that kind or source is to convert it to something else though some video converstion utility. Perhaps to Mpg2 or less compressed form of avi; then edit in Pr
I agree with Curt on this. I get handed quite a mixed bag of formats and use DigitalMedia Converter (shareware) and it handles these formats, plus most others very well. I convert to DV-AVI Type II, and have yet to have a problem. Now, one does need have the various CODEC's installed on the system, as DMC does not ship with any. There is/was a trial, and it might be worth looking into. IIRC, it is about US$50. I like it so much, that I have a copy on all of my computers. It also does batch converting and is pretty quick. Load it up, hit the Go button, and have lunch. When you get back, it's all done.
I like VirtualDub myself as a conversion utility. It's free, fast, and works well with most any .avi file.
VirtualDUB does get a lot of great reviews on the various fora. I've got it, plus some of the plug-ins, but have never gotten around to using it. I'm one of those old guys, who just sticks with what works for him. Still, if DMC fails me, I'll load up VD and give it a whirl. So many users cannot be wrong about that program.
One solution that works for me is to use avisynth together with the avisynth plugin.
Instructions are found here:
There's no guarantee that it is frame accurate, it might be off a few frames. But it might be good enough for you.
If working in HD is bogging your system down, you can try using avisynth to resize the video to SD, do your editing decisions in SD, then switch to HD.
No transcoding needed.
Thanks for all the replies.
I will look into these suggestions asap
(its a bit hectic at the mo)
I'll comment on the results when we have some.