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Use G-Spot to find the codec in your files, but my guess is that it is not editable, something like DivX or XVid. If it is not MS DV AVI type2, you need to find a converter to make it editable.
where is the G-spot place...I just went to g-spot.com...NOT GOOD....
i am one of your newbies...and need clear direction...thx to you guys!!!
thank you for replying. my file was originally a .dat file and i just converted it into a .avi format, it works well in players..
is it really not editable???
What program did you use to convert that DAT file to AVI? How was the DAT file created in the first place? What are the specs. of that AVI file now? That is where G-Spot will come in, as Harm has pointed out.
Here's a look at the G-Spot screen, and some of the places to look for details:
Also, one often gets a false sense of security, because an AV file will play. Playing the file and editing that same file, are two very, very different things.
Now, it could well be that you can choose other conversion formats/CODEC for that DAT file, and things will be better. That is why we asked about the program used, and the details of the conversion - might well be a mis-step in that part of the workflow, and just a new setting will help you out.
Good luck, and happy reading. Let us know more about the files and the conversion program.