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Welcome to the forum.
AVI is but a wrapper, and can contain a lot of different "stuff," both Audio and Video. This ARTICLE will give you some background, and some tips on finding out what is inside the AVI files.
Some cameras also record a mono signal, and this can often lead to very low dB levels in PrE/PrPro. Often, just doing either a Fill Right, or Fill Left will get the levels up to adequate. In some cases, one would need to duplicate the mono file and align it with the original. I would Pan one Left and one Right. The mix-down will be 2-channel anyway.
Also, you can increase the Gain of the Clips, by Rt-clicking and choosing Audio Gain. Just Click-drag on the 0.0 to increase.
There are other possibilities, but where you seem to be observing this in your workflow, I feel that they are unlikely candidates. We can address them, should the above not help out.
I agree with Hunt. This AVI doesn't sound like a DV-AVI.
Try opening the file in Windows Media Player -- then go to File/Properties.
On the Properties page, it should list the video and audio codecs. If you can let us know what they are, we may be better able to advise you.
Thanks for your help Bill and Steve.
I downloaded GSpot and determined that the video is encoded using the H.264 codec, audio was encoded using the 0x00ff (AAC) codec. The article you linked to said video files should be converted to DV-AVI Type II in order to work best. Unfortunately it didn't list any programs that can be used to convert the video to the best CODEC. Do you have any suggestions for programs I can use to convert files from H.264 to
Adjusting the audio gane seems to make the biggest difference. Using that I am able to increase the audio 18+ Db and can make the audio at least semi-workable.
I converted the file with Prism and it plays much better. Not nearly as jumpy as before. The audio is still quiet, but the audio gain feature allows me to increase it to a workable level. Thank you so much for all your help.
Glad that it worked for you!
Is that "AZ" as in Arizona? That is where I reside, though have not been home much over the last few months.
Good luck, and happy editing,