These are the specs form on eof the videos:
Type: AVI Movie
File Size: 7.8 MB
Image Size: 1280 x 720
Pixel Depth: 1280
Frame Rate: 30.00
Source Audio Format: 44100 Hz - compressed - Mono
Project Audio Format: 48000 Hz - 32 bit floating point - Mono
First, you found your way to the PE forum. You want the the PrPro CS3 forum.
Since you're here, I'll try and help you with your issue. The problem is very likely those AVI files. See this ARTICLE for more info and tips on how to gather info on them.
Just a guess, but I'd say that the AVI's are DivX, or Xvid, as what you describe is common behavior of these. Even with the DivX CODEC, you will most likely not be able to edit those files well in PrPro. Conversion will be much better.
Remember too, DivX and Xvid are highly compressed, so using them as source material will result in poor quality.
Good luck, and see 'ya in the CS3 forum,
It looks like your Creative Labs Vado HD shoots in H.264. I am surprised that it is not in a MOV format. The AVI wrapper is curious, at best.
Still, G-Spot, mentioned in my linked article, will tell you for sure.
For the H.264, an installation of the latest Apple QT Player should install the H.264 CODEC. There is still no guarantee that you'll be able to edit these in PE. Did the Vado HD come with any editing software, Like Vado Central?
Are you sure this camera shoots in AVCHD format? Most flash-based camcorders do not.
It shoots in H.264 MP4 -- but, like the Flip camera -- it may use a proprietary codec that's causing problems.
There was also a fairly recent thread on the Vado footage, but do not think that the camera model was listed in the title of that post. I looked quickly, and did not recognize any titles, but may have missed it. If I do find that post, I'll upload a link to it. Do not recall the discussion, or any resolution to the problems.
This is an old thread, but I just started using Adobe Premiere for video editing and had the same problem - black screen but good audio. I have Windows 8.1 on a 64-bit Dell XPS 8700. After spending many hours, over several days, researching this problem, I came across the answer in another forum somewhere - I can't remember which one. I downloaded the K-Lite Mega Pack for free from the internet. It has to be the Mega Pack. At first, I downloaded just the standard K-Lite but that didn't solve my problem. After downloading the Mega Pack, I rebooted my PC started Premiere Elements, and added a VADO HD .avi file. It showed up this time as a regular video, not just an audio file with a black screen. Problem solved. This is the link I use for K-Lite Codec Mega Pack - http://www.free-codecs.com/download/k_lite_Mega_Codec_Pack.htm.
WARNING for anyone reading... there have been reports of klite causing so many problems due to how it reorders the codec priority that some people have had to completely format their hard drives and reinstall everything
Please read John T. Smith's post about cautions related to use of codec packs.
This is the Premiere Elements Forum. This thread is not only old (2009) but also deals with Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, not Premiere Elements.
This is an old thread, but I just started using Adobe Premiere for video editing
What program are you using now in 2014, some version of Premiere Elements or some version of Premiere Pro?
ATR and John Smith,
I just started using Premier Elements 12. I had read John's warnings about the K-Lite. I did a search on problems with K-Lite and didn't find that many vs the number of downloads for the program on multiple sites. I have many, many VADO HD videos, mostly of my granddaughter over the past several years and I didn't want to have to convert every one of them. Originally, I loaded the VADO .avi file into Windows Live Movie Maker and saved it as a .mov file. That worked, but as I said, I didn't want to do that to over a hundred videos. I took my chances with K-Lite. If I have problems, I'll surely eat crow and let everyone know about it.
Thanks for the reply.
Appreciated the additional details of the video editing program involved, especially since you had entered a 5 year old thread. Your projects sound like family treasures which will be enjoyed by all.
You took your chances with K-Lite but mission accomplished, but good to let others know of the cons that come with the pros on that as per John T. Smith post.
I guess the current camera did not come with a utility that would supply the codec needed.
Best wishes on your Premiere Elements 12 projects.
Yes, the camera originally came with VADO Central Software for minor editing and uploading to YouTube. But, as you know, that was several years ago and I'm probably on my third PC since then. I'm also on Windows 8.1, the VADO Central Software is no longer supported for the VADO HD and there are no updates to support Windows 8.1. Which is why I went with Premier Elements 12.