Apparently the other players can't work with the basic DV audio codec.
Fortunately, since the video works with Premiere Elements, as it should, you can use it to create video projects -- which you can output in formats that your players will be able to play.
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My guess would be that the system is possibly lacking the proper CODEC for the files. VLC Player incorporates many CODEC's, and doesn't normally even look to the system's to use.
Now, what I do find as odd, is that PrE has no issues, but PrE installs several CODEC's (and then hides them a bit, to protect them), but in the case of material Captured via PrE to AVI, is that the files should definitely be using the MS DV - AVI CODEC, which is very basic, and should be on the system.
As a test, can you download and install the great, free utility, G-SPOT. Launch that program, and let it survey your system. Then drag one of those AVI files to the GUI. Here, it's probably easiest to just do a screen-cap of the G-Spot screen, and post that, as it will save you a lot of typing.
After that test, there might be a few more, and they are going to be simple, but let's take this one step at a time.
As Steve says, as long as PrE can Import and edit those source files, you can complete your Project, Export to a DVD and all should be fine. In the meantime, just use VLC Player as your player for those files.
Thanks a lot Bill and Steve.
Bill, I will do as you suggested with GSpot and post the results.
If G-Spot (and other programs) is incapable of rendering the files, I'd suspect that something is definitely wrong with them. The DV CODEC is so very common, that I cannot pin the issue there. I suspect something else is afoot.
Also, the 32KHz Audio puzzles me, as 48KHz is the common DV Sample-Rate. Now, I do not know how PrE 2.0 might have been capturing, but I expected to see 48KHz. Still, 32KHz should work fine, as PrE can Conform from that. The presence, however, makes me wonder about that earlier Capture.
Wish that I had more to offer, but maybe others will see what I am missing.
Thanks for your comments. At least, it gives me some more things to look at. This is definitely weird. All of the files were captured using PrE and they still work fine from within PrE but none of them play from other players. I was hoping to use the video clips without editing but now either I have to edit and render them using PrE or re-capture all of them. Either one is a huge time committment.
I would think about doing an Export/Share from PrE, and using the DV-AVI option w/ 48KHz 16-bit Audio. The DV CODEC does compress, but very, very lightly, so quality should not take a hit, that anyone can see. Those resultant files should definitely play and almost anywhere.
Good luck, and still not sure why those files do not play in most playback devices, or software.
Just wanted to post a follow-up on my problem for the benefit of others.
I thought all my files are corrupt and decided to capture them again. When I hooked up my Sony D8 camcorder (using FireWire) I had problems again! PrE said "Can't Activate Recorder. Try Resetting Camcorder".
Tried Windows Movie Maker and that gave me a rather helpful (not!) "an unknown error occurred". Back to my troubleshooting again and found a post somewhere on Adobe forums about "regsvr32 qdv.dll" . [Start -> Run and type regsvr32 qdv.dll (there is a space between 2 and q)]. I did that and all of my old files started working! Windows media player now plays them fine. GSpot now says everything is good. I have attached the GSpot output below.
Now the bad news. When I import media files into PrE, there is no audio! Windows media player still plays them fine.
After re-registered the qdv.dll, I had problem with audio but re-starting the PC fixed it.
Now, back to audio troubleshooting in PrE! I will post an update if I am successful.
Thank you for the update.
Now, regarding the Audio:
Do the files play with Audio in other apps./players?
Did you let the Imported/Captured files to Conform completely? This ARTICLE gives some background.
Did you look at this ARTICLE for troubleshooting Audio issues on the system and in PrE?