What computer? What clips? You need to be much more verbose and specific or this will go nowhere....
Well, the format I upload from the camera is "video clip" or "video for Windows"...sometimes I've converted them to avi format, too. But as I said, it never even lets me get that far...I never get to even select a clip. As soon as I tell the program to "import/clip" it freezes up before I can even go to the folder that the clips are in. It has only begun to do this recently, and I'd never had any problems like this before. Last night I tried it again, and I clicked "open composition", and it froze when I did that too.
I'm not sure how much more specific I can be about the details of the clips, since I'm positive it has nothing to do with the clips themselves...I'm running Windows XP, though...Home Edition Service Pack 2, Pentium 4 CPU 2.80GHz, with 504 MB of RAM. I have had the automatic updates turned on since I did my last reformat a couple of weeks ago. Could it have something to do with some kind of an update it may have done?
Make sure that you have the most recent update for After Effects 7:
Here are a couple of troubleshooting documents for After Effects 7 on Windows XP:
Here is a link to see a video I made, showing exactly what is happening...just in case a visual might help to see what I'm talking about.
I did, however, remove all the Photoshop plug-ins from the AE plugins/standard folder...I'll see what that does.