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You can't use Divx natively in Premiere Elements, jer.
Per the FAQs to the right of this forum, you should be able to convert it to a usable DV-AVI file using Super.
i don't know why but PE3 manage my divx, avi files without problem except the fact that i can't choose the audio I want.
thank you for your advice about super
DivX and Xvid (open source version), present issues in all Adobe editing programs. Often, one gets only Audio, or only Video, and often the Video will freeze on just the first frame. If one gets both streams, they are usually horribly OOS and it's a dynamic OOS.
Conversion to DV-AVI Type II w/ 48KHz 16-bit PCM/WAV Audio, is the best course of action. Those converted files will edit well.
DivX is a heavily compressed, delivery-only format for streaming media. At that task, it does a good job, but it is not meant to be edited. Even good conversion will not reclaim the heavy compression of the data - that quality is lost forever.