I'm still working will PE 4 and its now up to 8. Is AVI DV NTSC still the file format that optimizes the functions of PE and the computer its running on?
Ther reason I ask is that I have been having an ongoing adventure ndeveloping a scheme to convert .flv files to .avi DV NTSC files to work smoothly in PE. Through the helpful contributions of this forum I managed to find a process using my then current conversion software, AVS, to go first to a .WMV file and then through Windows Movie Maker to the desired .avi file. This process works OK but is a bit cumbersome if you need to covert a lot of files. In particular, because AVS only converts one file at a time, and in order to go directly to a DV format I would have had to purchase the DV Codec in addition to the base software. Hence the two step process via Windows Movie Maker.
To get to a one step batch process, I picked up Digital Media Converter Pro 3.3. However, in trying multiple combinations of video and audio settings for an .avi conversion file, I am repeatedly getting a PE error message indicating an "unsupported audio rate" when I try to import it. I am runnining PE 4.0 on an HP a1610n Pavilion Desktop.
I carried on several exchanges with Digital Media support and they indicated that I check to make sure that I had the latest Realtep High Definition audio driver. I did an online scan with HP and they indicated that I was up to date. They also indicated that they did a test converting a .flv file to a .avi file using the following AVI conversion settings.
Video: XVID, 25FPS, 1024 Kbits Bitrate, Keeping the source dimensions.
Audio: PCM, 44100Khz, 1411Kbps bitrate, stereo.
Further they indicated that they were able to import that conversion into PE 8.0. and it was accepted and played in the timeline. I asked them if a colored line appeared above the elapsed time in the timeline and they indicated that it was red. They further suggested that there might be an issue between the two versions of PE.
What I am finding confusing is that they don't have an exact video setting called DV NTSC but a series of settings that have elements of that codec.
What I can do with Digital Media Pro is convert first to WMV files and then to Windows Movie Maker as before. When I did those files went into PE with no line, as before.
In the end, I can batch convert the .flv files using Digital Media Pro to .WMV files and then another sort of batch conversion using Windows Movie Maker. Still a two step process but batching saves considerable time.
I'm sorry to sound like I'm on a ramble here but it seems that much is going on in the world of file formats and with the interveneing versions of PE I'm wondering if the conversion sovftwares are working toward newer formats. Thanks TT
Here are my settings for DigitalMedia Converter for DV-AVI Type II files. I'm still using ver. 2.7, though I have bought (though not installed yet), the newer version. Your choice of settings should be the same, or very, very similar.
Now, remember that FLV is a streaming video format and is not really meant to be edited. For work with FLV, I use Moyea's FLV Importer plug-in. It works in PrPro 2.0 and CS3, but not in CS4. I think that it works in PrE 4, though do not believe that it will with PrE 8. Others will have to confirm this for you. In PrPro 2.0, FLV's Import and edit very smoothly without additional conversions.