What type of camera or camcorder did your video come from and how did you did it into your computer?
Premiere Elements will only edit AVIs that have been captured over a FireWire connection from a tape-based miniDV camcorder.
The movie was originally on super-8, and I paid a company to digitize it for me. They returned it to me as "full quality uncompressed .avi files from your 8mm and Super8 reels on a 320Gb USB 2.0 External Hard Drive."
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Thanks for supporting the book, Jan!
I'm still not sure what type of file they've saved your video as, though. (There are hundreds of codecs for AVIs.)
Download G Spot, a program for reading video file information, from this page. Open your video file in G Spot and either let us know the attributes it lists or post a screen capture of the G Spot screen for us to look at.
Steve, I believe G Spot is for Windows? I am on a Mac OS X, 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7.
Is there other software that might work for me?
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Hey, Thanks for supporting the book, Jan!
Hmm, so you're on a Mac, eh? Well, this was posted on a Mac forum in response to someone asking if there was something like G Spot for Macs:
VLC, even if i t cant play a file, has an info window that will give you information on which codec was used etc (which is what you want i guess)
See if it will tell you what codec is being used in this file.
Here are the specs, Steve.
First Analyzed File Results *****
General Parameters ***
- Name: Megan1stYr.avi
- Container: AVI - Audio Video Interleaved
- Creation Date: 2010-10-14 10:39:26 AM
- Size: 5011.5 MiB
- Duration: 0:04:42
- Bitrate: 30.4 Mbps
- Encoding Library: Undefined
- Encoding Application: Undefined
Video Track Parameters ***
- Format: DV (NTSC)
- Size: 1.35 GiB (28%)
- FourCC: dvc
- Track number(s): 0
- Bitrate: Max.: Undefined
Average: 8 389 Kbps
- Frame rate (fps): Max.: ---
- Bitrate mode: Undefined
- Encoding profile: Undefined
- Resolution: 24 bits
- Width (Pixel number): 720
- Height (Pixel number): 480
- Pixel Aspect Ratio: Undefined
- Display aspect ratio: 4:3
- Chroma subsampling format: YUV411p
- TV standard: NTSC
- Interlacing: Interlaced
- Encoding library: Undefined
- Additional Parameters: Bits/(Pixel*Frame) ratio: 0.810
Audio Track(s) Parameters ***
- Format: Uncompressed PCM
- Size: 103 MiB (2%)
- FourCC: 0x1
- Number(s) and language(s): -: Undefined
- Details: 16-bit, little endian, signed linear PCM
- Profile: Undefined
- Bitrate: 1 536 Kbps
- Bitrate mode: Constant
- Resolution: 16 bits
- Rate: 48.0 KHz
- Channel(s): 2 (stereo)
- Position: Undefined
- Encoding Library: Undefined
- Additional Parameters: Not available
- Subtitle(s): No Subtitle
- Metadata: Album: Undefined
Part number: Undefined
Track name: Undefined
Track name number: Undefined
Encoded date: Undefined
Album artist: Undefined
I will check out VLC as well, Steve. Many thanks.
I hope VLC helps! Listing the codecs as "undefined" really doesn't help us much.
But it does describe the video as DV (NTSC) and the audio as 16 bit PCM 48kHZ, so I'm surprised that PRE is spitting it out.
Jan, it could be those 'undefined' entries that are tripping up PRE. You could load the file to Avidemux (the closest thing I can find to VirtualDub that runs on a Mac) and save it back out. Then see if the new file is accepted by PRE
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