5 Replies Latest reply on Apr 7, 2010 2:03 PM by JohnGAbdulla

    Import CS3 AVI Footage into CS4


      I'm trying to import some footage that I captured on my PC in CS3, into my Mac in CS4. When I open the project that was created in CS3 (PC), on my CS3 (Mac) it comes through fine. But when I convert the project and open it in CS4 (Mac), it wants to render all of the footage in the timeline. Which means the sequence settings aren't matching the footage. Even though the sequence settings are the same as those I used in CS3. Not sure what's going on.


      Reason I capture the footage on my PC to begin with is because CS3 and CS4 still will not capture my DVX-100 24p footage correctly on a Mac. So this is my only solution at the time being. I have 34 hours of AVI footage that I'd really like to edit in CS4. Any help would be much appreciated!

        • 1. Re: Import CS3 AVI Footage into CS4
          Fighting Sticks Level 2

          Cease & desist.  If you have a CS3 edited project you are not able to import this into CS4 without experiencing serious errors and 'strange behaviours'.  If you've started your project in CS3, finish the project in CS3.

          • 2. Re: Import CS3 AVI Footage into CS4
            JohnGAbdulla Level 1

            Hmmm...well it definitely appears that way. However, I don't understand why I shouldn't be able to simply import the AVI files that I captured in CS3 (PC) into CS4 (Mac). I don't even need anything else from the CS3 project - just the raw video. It's almost as though CS4 doesn't have the proper codec to use that same video and thus has to render it. Is that a possibility? Why would CS3 on my Mac be able to import that AVI footage and not have to render it, but not CS4?

            • 3. Re: Import CS3 AVI Footage into CS4
              the_wine_snob Level 9

              Well, first Rendering is just for smooth playback, and is usually not necessary.


              Now, if the DV-AVI's are showing a need to Render (for smooth playback), there must be a mis-match someplace. In CS4, what are the exact Sequence Presets chosen, Frame Size, Frame Rate, PAR, everything? Next, what does the Properties Panel tell you about those DV-AVI Clips?


              Good luck,



              • 4. Re: Import CS3 AVI Footage into CS4
                JohnGAbdulla Level 1

                Bill, thanks for your response. Sorry for the delay in getting back. The mis-match is precisely what I'm trying to figure out and fix. My sequence presets are as follows:



                Editing Mode: Quicktime DV 24p

                Timebase: 23.976 frames/second



                Frame Size: 720 x 480 (16:9)

                Pixel Aspect Ratio: D1/DV NTSC Widescreen 16:9

                Fields: No Fields (Progressive Scan)

                Display Format: 24fps Timecode



                Sample Rate: 4800 Hz

                Display Format: Audio Samples


                VIDEO PREVIEWS

                Preview File Format: Quicktime DV 24p

                Codec: DV/NTSC 24p

                Max bit depth and Max render quality are NOT checked.


                And the clip properties are as follows:


                Type: AVI Movie
                File Size: 642.8 MB
                Image Size: 720 x 480
                Pixel Depth: 24
                Frame Rate: 29.97 (24p)
                Source Audio Format: 48000 Hz - 16 bit - Stereo
                Project Audio Format: 48000 Hz - 32 bit floating point - Stereo
                Total Duration: 00:02:57:16
                Average Data Rate: 3.6 MB / second
                Pixel Aspect Ratio: 1.2121


                QuickTime Details:
                Movie contains 1 video track(s), 1 audio track(s) and 0 timecode track(s).


                There are 5330 frames with a duration of 1/29.97th.


                Video track 1:
                Duration is 0:02:57:16
                Average frame rate is 29.98 fps


                Video track 1 contains 1 type(s) of video data:


                Video data block #1:
                Frame Size = 720 x 480
                Compressor = DV/DVCPRO - NTSC
                Quality = Normal (3.00)
                Temporal = Normal (3.00)


                Not sure why the properties show that the clip is 29.97fps, becuase when I single click a clip it shows up as 23.976 up above. Any advice would be MUCH appreciated!

                • 5. Re: Import CS3 AVI Footage into CS4
                  JohnGAbdulla Level 1

                  I still have no answer to this problem. Can anyone help me?