Thanks, John. Excellent post you directed me to, though I'm hesitant to install the G-spot
program he mentions onto my Windows 7 machine, since it's 4 years old and doesn't mention Windows 7 support.
In any case, I can't see what codec issue would make the files work fine on a slower machine running CS3 and yet not work on my faster computer running CS5. Also, I noticed a major blunder in my post - these files are WMV files and not AVIs. I'm going to see if I can amend my post title.
I guess it's too late for me to change it, so if there's a forum admin reading who can replace "AVI" with "WMV" in my post topic, feel free. My bad.
Well, WMV is Microsoft's format and is, from what I've read, more of a delivery format rather than an editing format
As far as Gspot, I've never heard about any Win7 problems
And, are you sure about that 4 years old?
Did you go direct to http://www.headbands.com/gspot/ ?
I looked, and it does say Feb 2007 - but I've still not read about any Win7 problems
Well, in that case maybe I'll download G-spot. It does look like a useful tool to have.
As far as the rest goes, If you were trying to convert MTS AVCHD files from a camcorder into a format that CS3 can import and edit, what would you suggest as the best format to convert to? I figure now that Adobe Media Encoder works as a separate ap, I should be able to batch convert to whatever I want, right? At least, that's the theory, though I haven't tried it yet. I want to maintain the highest video quality for the conversion with the intention of compressing as needed for final output. Any advice?
Since this is in the CS5 forum, you may simply import AVCHD into PPro5 and export as widescreen DV NTSC... which is what I do to convert both AVCHD and MP4 to DV AVI so my wife may "play" with the files in PPro2 on her core-2 computer
Good advice. Is there a way to set it up to do a batch conversion? There are a lot of clips. Can you accomplish the same thing by just using Adobe Media Encoder? My impression was that it's basically some kind of hybrid of the output modules of Premier and AE, but as a standalone converter. Am I close?
Sorry to bombard you with questions!
I don't use AME standalone, so you'll need to read the user guide and find out about batch processes
CS5 User Guides - online and PDF
Thanks, John. I appreciate it.
I am having the exact same problem. I try to import a WMV into PP5 and I get this header error message. Hard to believe but true.
I totally believe you.
after reading about movie headers, i have come to believe that adobe could support wmv formats. but simply chooses not to do it.
apparently a lot of other software providers have made the same decision.
here is the really funny thing....i tried to make a dvd from the wmv files using microsoft's own dvd maker program
that they ship w windows 7. guess what - that does not work either!!!
apparently no-one, including microsoft, likes the proprietary microsoft format and don't feel like taking the time
to figure it all out. i cannot blame them.
what would be great - if adobe would just let you know that they do not support it, instead of the cryptic error message
about not being able to read the header. but then, adode is like that. they are so obtuse. they remain commited to
providing an incoherent user experience.
in the meantime, you just have to convert these formats.
I found a great shareware program called Hamster. It is totally free and has a lot of great reviews. It is easy to use. you
can get it on cnet.com.
I converted the WMV to AVI, which loaded into Premiere Pro and I was able to finish my video.
Well, I just could not believe it. So I kept poking around.
It turns out Premiere Pro CAN import WAV files. And it is easy.
You simply go to Import....
This puts up a dialog box.
At the bottom of the box is an entry box for a file name and a box thats says "Windows Media."
If you click on Windows Media (there is a pulldown arrow there) you get a list of all the media types
that Premiere can import.
You choose WMA, and it will then know to pull in the WAV file. It works great!!!
So I take back all the bad thoughts and things I may have said about Adobe. Except all
those things about their interface. Why does it say "Window Media" when it should give
the user some hint that this is a list of all the media types.
And why does it decode some file type w/o being told the exact type (e.g. AVI) while with other
files types you have to tell it explicitly what type is involved.
This is an inconsistent and obtuse user experience.
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