What codecs are used in your files?
Creative Vado is typical consumer stuff, which is best edited with consumer applications, since the major drawback of the 'camera' is that it is meant to watch, not edit. As they say on their site: "See it, shoot it, share it". Not edit it.
Sorry I forgot to add that. The files are AVI just straight off of my
digital camera. I'm working on just some low quality footage for a web
project I am doing. I have been messing around with them and have been able
to get them to play if I use adobe encoder and convert them to h.264 DV. Why
would it work on my 3 year old laptop but not my brand new desktop? Is it
because I haven't yet downloaded the correct codecs for this new computer.
Is it best to encode them anyways?
Thanks for the help. I am a total newbie to this stuff.
The file extension .AVI indicate a "wrapper." All sorts of stuff can be in that wrapper *. Some of that stuff will play/edit fine. Much will not and create issues, as you have seen. Your camera uses a CODEC to create those .AVI files. That CODEC is the issue. I recommend G-Spot to find out what the CODEC is. Some times it's just a matter of having the proper CODEC installed on the computer. Most of the time, it takes much more than that - hence Eddie's links on "conversion." At least G-Spot will get us all on the same playing field, and explicit help can follow - probably to study Eddie's links. My guess is that your camera uses some form of DivX CODEC, hence the problem that you see.
* Think of .AVI like the foil wrapper on a stick of gum, when you remove the outer lable. You know it's gum, but not what flavor. Could be Juicyfruit, or Spearmint, or Double-mint. G-Spot will tell you the flavor. PrPro likes some flavors, but hates others.
Thanks Hunt that was a great explanation. I downloaded gspot. It looks like
the codec is MJPG. Gspot shows that I do have the codec installed. Does
premiere use a different set of codecs than my other media players on the
computer? One thing that I did find is that on Gspot under system-> List All
Codecs and Other Filters, there are some problems with files missing and
they are all in the adober premiere directory. These files are as follows
Would these missing files be the problem? If so where can one find such
If I have to encode them first it really isn't that much of a problem
because I will be using a DVC PRO for most of my shoots but I just had a
small project using these low quality files that I was working on.
Thanks for all of your help,
As for "broken" and "missing" CODEC's, also see this THREAD.
For MJPEG, the two that seem to be the best are the Morgan or the MainConcept MJPEG CODEC. There was talk that the Morgan was not doing well in CS4, but others users have reported great results with it. I guess that my earlier info was bogus. There was also mention of a totally free MJPEG CODEC, that solved another user's problems with Nikon D-90 footage. I could not find the link to that article, but I'd suggest a search of all Adobe Premiere fora, including the Premiere Elements forum. You might also include "Nikon D-90" in your Search. Still, the MainConcept one works very well, and the latest reports are that the Morgan does too (contrary to earlier reports).
Looks like MainConcept did the trick. Thanks so much for your help, I
greatly appreciate it.
Great, and thanks for reporting back.