You'll have to convert the AVI file to a MOV file that contains a
Mac-friendly codec. If you can't convert it on the Mac, then you may
have to convert it with QuickTime Pro on the XP system.
It may be easier to re-record the screen cap using Camtasia Studio, and
then produce the video as an MOV file using the lossless Ensharpen codec.
Are you using the trial version? I recently ran into a problem where Premiere thought I was in trial mode, in which several codecs are not included, including the one that I needed, AVCHD. Not sure if this is the same problem though, AVI is a pretty common format.
AVI is not a format, it is a wrapper. What is inside of that wrapper has a format.
I'm with Jeff on this. On the PC, I'd load the AVI into QT Pro, and then Save as a compatible .MOV format. For some background on "wrappers," mentioned by Harm, this ARTICLE will give you some background. One can freely substitute "AVI" for "MOV," "MEPG," or "WMV." They actually tell one very little about the what's inside those wrappers.
Guys, thanks for the awesome replies. One thing I am wondering, though: I've found here that AVI is possible to be imported in Premiere?
Also I've tried with Camtasia and downloaded the codec. I can only find 'TechSmith Screen Capture Codec', though and I'm not able to export it as an MOV. I'm not sure if I'm doing everything right.
Its a Microsoft Video 1 avi.
You can play it with QT and convert to mov with QT, this being on a PC.
I don't want to pay 30 euros just to export as an MOV, I hope you understand that.
On the other hand thanks to all you guys, I've became a lot richer with the terminology of video codec and so called wrappers.