Welcome to the forum.
As there are a few Flip camera models, can you tell us the full specs. that your model shoots?
Also, with display issues, in general, here are a few items to immediately check
Video drivers updated to the latest. What make/model of video card do you have, and what is the driver version/date?
All Windows updates have been applied. What OS do you have?
QuickTime Player needs to also be updated. What version are you running?
Next, what is the Project Preset, that was chosen at New Project?
PS - one of our contributors here just got a Flip for his wife, and has been editing the footage from that camera. I'll send him a PM to see if he has some specific tips, that might apply. He'll need the above info too.
I can't help directly, since I use Premiere Pro CS5 which has a built-in preset for Flip video... but, some general comments
Flip or GoPro video http://forums.adobe.com/thread/437535?tstart=0
- And http://forums.adobe.com/thread/668369?tstart=0
- And http://blogs.adobe.com/VideoRoad/2009/12/using_a_flip_minohd_camera_wit.html
- Says to use the XDCAM EX 720p 30p (or 60p?) setting
- Premiere Elements has a different kind of preset
Mine is a Flip UltraHD model U2120B, and using the above XDCAM setting in PPro CS5 works great
As Hunt said, you need to provide camera DETAILS... and you should also read these...
Read Bill Hunt on a file type as WRAPPER http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037?tstart=0
What is a CODEC... a Primer http://forums.adobe.com/thread/546811?tstart=0
What CODEC is INSIDE that file? http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037?tstart=0
That's right John. I had thought that you had installed PrE for your wife's Flip. Sorry for my confusion, but you point the OP to some useful links.
I am certain that with all the info, others, who are familiar with the particular Flip, can be of assistance.
Have you ensured that, when you started your project, you went to Settings and selected the appropriate Flip camera preset for your camcorder? (If you did, the clips you add to the timeline will not have a red line over them when you add them to the timeline indicating a need to render.)
I have a Flip ultra shooting Standard Def. I am trying to figure out if it
is 29_97 or 30 p. I tried both defaults in Elements 9, but no luck.
Flip tells me the camera saves clips in the AVI format. I am wondering in
Elements 9 just doesn't support for AVI...(is that POSSIBLE?) Maybe I need
to transcode the clips? Also, I have Pinnacle VideoSpin software installed
on the computer. I am wondering if it could be interefering...
I am running Windows XP Pro.
Not sure about the video card...the computer doesn't have a video capture
card if that is waht you mean...the Flip feeds the footage in via the USB
Thanks for the quick response, folks!
Once again, you NEED to select the correct Flip camcorder option when you set up your project! Have you done that?
PrE does support AVI, in general. However, as this ARTICLE will point out, AVI is basically meaningless, and is but a "wrapper." John T. pointed out G-Spot, and you will see it again in that article. If you are on Mac (I forgot to ask), then you can download a Mac version of a similar program, MediaInfo, and the link is in that article too.
The FPS rate will not yield what you are seeing, though that should match too.
If you get the full specs. and it's not something like the DivX, or Xvid CODEC (cannot believe that it would be, but it is possible), then I would definitely look to the video driver, considering your description of the issue. Remember, that is but a guess, so we should not be surprised if another user comes up with something else, and it works perfectly.
Good luck, and though John T. does NOT have PrE, he does have a Flip, and many here have either used them, or have worked on threads, where others did. You are in good hands.
Hello VidWizards...attached is a screen shot from the G-spot analysis.
Looks like to me CODEC: Xvid
Name: ISO M-PEG4
30 frames per second.
I did select the Flip camcorder options, Steve. Had no success. But I
shoudl say, i initially tried editing this in Pinnacle's VideoSpin
program...so I am wondering if it converted to the DivX from the original
Flip format or something (?)
Still plowing away stubbornly like an oxen with strong hopes of a triumph
over digital adversity...
Oops, Xvid will likely be an issue.
Now, and with that said, one trusted user recently commented that PrE 9 DID handle DivX footage, where earlier versions (plus PrPro - PrE's big brother) choked on either. Xvid is the open source version of DivX, but I've had differences between them, though mostly on Export.
That CODEC may, or may not, be an issue. A week ago, I'd say that you MUST convert those files, but after a recent report here, I am not so sure any more. Still, those reports were from DivX material, and not specifically Xvid. As I mentioned, a few weeks ago, my advice would be to batch convert, but now I am not so sure.
Thank you for the input, and hope that Neale can comment, and be more helpful, than I can.
I wonder...can I batch convert using G-Spot? Or do I need a different
converter type program (?)
This should not be Divx footage. It should be Flip's version of MP4s, which are fully compatible with Premiere Elements 9.
Unless I'm misunderstanding. Your initial post refers to a Flipshare camera. I don't know what that is, but there is Flipshare software.
I don't know if the Pinnacle software is confusing things or what.
But, if this is from a Flip camera and you used Premiere Elements' Video Importer software to download it from the camera to computer, and your project is set up with the correct Flip project preset, you should have no problems editing this video without converting it.
In fact, IF you convert it, you're actually going to work against the program.
No, G-Spot and MediaInfo are ONLY file info utilities.
I am surprised that your Flip is doing Xvid. I only see that with some lipstick cams, etc.
I originally downloaded it it with the Flip camera, then tried to edit with
its resident edit program...think it is called Flipshare. THEN I tried using
a Pinnacle free program called Videospin.
I am wondering if Videospin converted to the DivX from the original Flip MP4
format or something. I fear I had totally messed things up.
Neither the FLip nor the Pinnacle editing programs would let me split the
a/v track so I could do split edits. That's why I am trying with Adobe
Well, it's the one of the older Flips...doesn't shoot HD, the company told
me when I contacted them for information. I gave them the serial # and
everything, so I know it's shooting standard def.
I originally tested a divx file with PRE9 and it all worked fine (Re: PE 9 & cameras that do not work together). My PRE9 trial has expired (and I don't intend to purchase because of the sluggish timeline and loss of GPU recognition) so I've tried some tests in PRE7 with mixed results. Some play, some won't and show up the 'not supported / missing codec' error (even though the clip shows in GSpot as 'Codec(s) are installed').
So it's back to square one - a divx file may import successfully or it may not . Sorry if I raised false hope.
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What model of Flip camcorder to you have?
It's a Flip Ultra Model #PSV-552.
For some reason, the Flip site doesn't list the camcorders by model numbers!
Is this the Ultra standard or the Ultra HD model? The 4 gig or 8 gig version?
It is the Ultra standard. The box says 2 GB. of memory. It also says digital
video format is MPEG-4 at 30 frames per second.
OK, MP4 is probably "wrapped" in a MOV container (but not always). MP4 requires the H.264 CODEC. There are several popular versions, Apple's (should be installed with recent versions of QT Player), Lead and MainConcept. Some users have had issues with the Apple H.264, but mainly on Export.
Do you have a recent, i.e. latest, version of Apple's QuickTime Player installed?
Again, Bill, you can't treat this like a typical MP4. Flip cams have their own codec system. And, fortunately, Premiere Elements 9 is uniquely able to work with it.
Open a new project. For the Settings select the Flip Ultra or Mino 29.97 or Flip Ultra or Mino 30 fps preset (depending your camcorder's specs.) It's very important to choose the right specs or you'll have trouble later.
Connect your camcorder to your computer via USB and, in Premiere Elements, use Get Media/From Flip and AVCHD Camcorder to open the Video Importer. Select your camcorder from the drop-down menu at the top of the panel and download your video into your project.
If you've done this properly and selected the right project preset, when you add the video clips to your timeline, you will not see a red line above the clips.
(BTW, it's important to ensure you have the latest version of Quicktime on your computer. And it doesn't hurt to install the camcorder's software also, since it often includes important codecs for your system.)
Hmmmm. I downloaded the trial version of Pinnacle (Avid) Studio 14 and it is
a very nice interface. More importantly, it's reading the files withou any
problem whatsoever. I feeellll a switch coming oooonnnn.
You definitely should switch then. And I mean that without the slightest bit of facetiousness.
There's really no value in brand loyalty when it comes to computer software. Find what means your needs, and stick with it!