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If you can open the file in Windows Media Player, do so. Then go to the File menu and select Properties. This will tell you what audio and video codecs the file is using.
Once you know, you can figure out which program you can use to convert it to a DV-AVI.
This ARTICLE will give you background on AVI (and MPEG, WMV, MOV and others) files.
Also, remember that having a CODEC will only insure playability, and NOT editability. CODEC's like DivX are for delivery only. About the only way to guarantee that you can edit that material is to convert outside of your editing program.
thanks. yes, the issue is more complex than I had originally thought.