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PPRO deals very well with many but not all.
You wont know till you strike one that it is an issue ( nightmare)
You may need to tool up with an array of tools to convert them but apart from AME in PPRO, Premiere Elements, QTPlayer Pro, AVS Video Converter .....would all be reasonable tools to have on hand.
You have opened a can of worms for your self...methinks! Good luck.
I say......when you open a can of worms, it's time to go fishing! Thanks for the reply.
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Premiere should handle most everything you'll receive right out of the box. The one variable might be MJPEG, which seems to be a common codec used by digital cameras. Sometimes they will be MOVs, and other times AVIs. For example, I've got an older Canon P&S that shoots MJPEG to AVIs, and a newer Panasonic that shoots MJPEG to MOVs. I can drop both into Premiere and they work fine, but there seem to be a variety of implementations of this particular codec, so some folks have had to purchase and install a third-party MJPEG decoder to use such files directly in Premiere. You just need to get a 64-bit version, as CS5 is a 64-bit application.
There are gobs of conversion programs out there; someone will inevitably post a link with a few thousand of them. In the end, I think you'll find you'll be covered with many of the various consumer formats you're likely to receive--I've successfully edited stuff from a wide range of digital cameras, DSLRs, Flip cameras and the like, and even more bizarre stuff. A great tool to have in your tool box is MediaInfo which can quickly help you determine the codec and format of a particular file. From there, you're just a Google search away from finding a codec or converter.
How can someone so young know so much? Unless you use Oil Of Ulay like 3 times a day instead of the recommended twice and have actually grown younger this cannot be explained?
Oh, thanks for your reply BTW, have checked out that program (MediaInfo) and it is exactly what I am after!
Convert your files to DV-AVI Type II with 48KHz 16-bit Audio
Tools to Convert to DV-AVI http://forums.adobe.com/thread/415317?tstart=0
I have NOT used the products below, I only forward due to other mentions
$90 http://www.magix.com/us/movie-edit-pro/ plus $5 Ship
$70 http://www.nchsoftware.com/prism/index.html Converter
$40 http://www.deskshare.com/dmc.aspx Digital Media Converter
$00 http://www.dvddecrypter.org.uk/ or http://www.mrbass.org/dvdrip/
$00 http://www.squared5.com/ MPEG Streamclip Converter
$00 http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html Multi-Converter <-- supposed to be very good
$00 http://www.virtualdub.org/ Mpeg to AVI Converter
I get handed all sorts of odd footage too (though not as great a range, as you will likely be dealing with), and use a shareware program, DigitalMedia Converter 2.7, to do the conversion. Deskshare has issued newer versions, but I have not used those yet. Now, it does not ship/install with the necessary CODEC's, and those MUST be installed on the system, for the program to use them. I strongly recommend against installing any CODEC "packs," as most will just create problems and likely overwrite commercial CODEC's, with hacked, or reverse-engineered versions. John T. has also linked to the shareware company, in his post above.
One thing to consider is whether you will display the material, as it comes in, i.e. HD for HD material, and SD for SD material, or if you will be converting to a "standard," say all HD, regardless of what you receive. If so, then you might want to look at Red Giant's Magic Bullet Instant HD plug-in.
Good luck, and be prepared to run a bunch of those received files through G-SPOT, or MediaInfo, and then launch a CODEC search. I would also think about getting QT Pro (US$29 upgrade/unlock), as it will help convert a lot of MOV/MP4 material to other formats, and also has a pretty good info utility (Ctrl+J) for those formats.