>.avi format, which I have worked with before
AVI is just a "wrapper" and may contain almost any CODEC... just like newspaper may be used to wrap dishes in a box... or smelly fish to be thrown in the garbage
You may be trying to edit smelly fish
Download the FREE http://www.headbands.com/gspot/ and post a screen shot
If that AVI is anything other than DV AVI type 2 with 48khz sound... it is likely not going to edit well, if at all
The G-Spot utility will tell you precisely what type of file it is you are trying to work with. You might also ask the person who gave you the files what brand and model of camcorder the files came from and post that info here.
And have you tried opening these files in MPEG Streamclip and exporting them as DV-AVI's and then bringing those files in Premiere Elements?
Let us know how things progress.
After the response about AVI, I had that thought myself that I could convert the video I have. (See, I have learned so much here over the years:) So for some files which I couldn't even open I did run them through MPEG Stream Clip. For others I made smaller PE8 projects and then converted them to DV AVI files using the Share to PC feature of PE. My hope is then to string these DV AVI files together in one PE8 project with titles. I will let you know if that works.
I didn't know that not all AVI files were the same. Thanks for all the help!
Success! I was able to combine the smaller DV AVI files into a new project with titles and burn a DVD. To me this is the beauty of Premiere Elements: someone like me who doesn't know an .avi from a .wmv can still produce a good video project.
Thanks again for the help. This resource is invaluable.
Thanks for reporting back Susan. This forum has been invaluable for me also.