Premiere Elements itself can do the conversion for you
- Import the .mov file into PRE
- Place it on the timeline / sceneline
- File> Export> Movie
Job done - PRE renders your clip and exports it in DV-AVI format.
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QuickTime Pro (US$39 upgrade/unlock) does a good job of converting almost every flavor of .MOV to DV-AVI. Just choose the DVC CODEC and 48KHz 16-bit PCM/WAV (uncompressed) for the Audio.
Thanks Neale and Hunt. But I guess what I'm asking is one faster than another or is one superior in the final output or do they all conform to one standard?
Actually, I have used very few of the recommended conversion programs. I tend to find one that works well for me, and then buy that. While I use QT Pro for MOV and MP4's to DV-AVI, I use DigitalMedia Converter for other formats/CODEC's to DV-AVI's, so do not experiment with others, so long as these work well for me.
Now, it's an apples to oranges (or maybe an Apples to oranges?) thing, but I do find QT Pro to be a bit on the slow side, even on my workstation. Still, the speed that I see with DMC is not a fair comparison, as I am usually working from Xvid, DivX, or some other odd format, and not .MOV, or MP4's.
Maybe others will have done the side-by-side, and can help you better.
Also, have you Imported the .MOV [Uncompressed] files into PrE? The reason that I ask is that I get a lot of MOV [Animation] files, and these Import and edit fine in PrPro, with no issues. I've just not worked with a lot of other MOV versions, to have the experience.
Thanks for the quick reply Hunt. After reading so much about Pre working best with DV-AVI's I Thought that was the way to go but you are right I will try the MOV's and see how thy work.
Both PrE and PrPro are designed around a DV-AVI workflow. When they were coded, miniDV was the "gold standard," regarding video capture. It is still very much in use, though several flash memory formats/CODEC's are making inroads, especially on the HD front.
Let us know how well these work in PrE. Like I mentioned, the .MOV [Animation] work fine. In my case, these come from animators on Mac's but do nicely on my PC's.