First, work through all of the steps here http://ppro.wikia.com/wiki/Troubleshooting
If your problem isn't fixed after you follow all of the steps, report back with the DETAILS asked for in the questions at the end of that link
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First, AVI is but a "wrapper." It can contain all sorts of "stuff," inside those wrappers - both Audio and Video. This ARTICLE might help you gather the info and also give you a background on AVI, MPEG, MOV and others.
This might help us help you.
I had a similiar issue when I was editing an actors showreel. I ripped all the vob files from the DVDs and renamed .vob to.mpg and imported them into premiere pro cs4, 4 out of 5 files where fine but one just would not play audio within premiere. Playing it with any media player showed it played fine but just nothing in PP. I played around for about an hour and just ran out of time I needed to move on and used my Zoom H4n to record from the computers headphone jack, just play and record the section needed (bout 30 secs worth), import, sync and done. I'm sure there may be some reason to the problem but I found at the time when I was in a rush what I did solved the problem with no additional issues.
Hope this helps if nothing else does
This ARTICLE might give you a few tips, especially as to why not all .VOB's work, as many others do. The problem .VOB is usually the first one, and can contain lots of other "stuff," beyond the MPEG-2. It's that "stuff," like Menus, that get in the way.
Also note that as of CS4.1, PrPro can Import 100% DVD-compliant (very important) .VOB's, and edit them.
Hope that this helps,
I will try, thank you for taking the time.
oh and, sorry of my senior moment made me forget. the AVI in question, it turns out was made using FRAPS. importing any other AVI in my collection works well. oh well, live and learn.
This ARTICLE's links might help a bit with footage from a video capture program. Now, there are differences between FRAPS and Camtasia/CamStudio, but there are similarities.
One might also need to convert the footage to smoothly edit it. There are some FRAPS articles on the forum - probably about 2-3 mos. ago. A Search on "FRAPS" in this forum should bring them up. I do not recall all of the suggestions, but I think that most posters got resolution.