Thank you for your quick reply
Do you mean to use VirtualDub to convert the file, or to use it as my editing software?
Either way, I downloaded it, and tried opening one of the files and got the following error :
[error message starts]
Couldn't locate decompressor for format 'H264' (unknown)
VirtualDub requires a Video for Windows (VFW) compatible codec to decompress video. DirectShow codecs, such as those use by Windows Media Player, are not suitable.
[error message ends]
does this give anyone any more clues??
The error message is precise and specific. You need a VFW H.264 codec
installed on your system. Apparently whatever you have is only a
You'll have to Google for one. The only one I know is from MainConcept,
and it costs hundreds of dollars.
Thanks again for the quick reply.
OK, so that's not my solution.
One idea I had, was to drop the entire clip into a project of its own, then render this project as some kind of full AVI?
Would this work?
Is there an easier idea?
Some more info.
If I open the AVI files in realplayer, they play fine. I can even jump to a part in the middle of the file and it plays (although it does seem to pause on a still frame for a while - even though the sounds is playing - and then suddenly starts playing the video).
This is driving me crazy. Any help would be really appreciated.
And to be clear again. If import the AVI file into premiere and play the clip from the very first frame, it all looks fine. The problem is only when I try to play the clip from any other point within the file other than from the first frame.
Some MORE info.
I've just tried chopping the first 20 seconds of one of these files into a project of its own.
Then exporting to AVI, and adding the resultsing "Sequence 01.avi" to the project.
When I try to play that avi, the result is REALLY weird. Lots of artifacts, and the video jumps around forwards and backwards from the original content.
Just incase this gives more info.
My best advice is to find a freeware converter that will convert H.264 footage to DV or uncompressed. There may be some links in the Wiki, and I'm sure that videohelp.com will also have some info. Maybe someone here knows of a good converter for H.264. Google for one if all else fails.
Thank you for trying to help.
I've made some progress.
I have found this software :
I'm experimenting currently with the demo, and I THINK its going to do the business for me.
Its taken quie a bit of fiddling with, but I've managed to get some footage out of a file and into premiere in an editable format. So although I still have a couple of niggles like interlacing issues to solve, I think I could be just about there.
Thanks again for your time and your attempts to help / point me in the right direction, and especially for being the only person to reply at all!
You're welcome. And I'm really not the *ony* one who would've replied - I'm just the first.