Where exactly did you get the clips?
Im only really worried about the second source. its a Sony Handycam--model is DCR-DVD610
Found a third unworking source....My question is just how do I change from one codec to another one which Premiere Pro CS5 likes. is there some kind of freeware converter I should have or what?
There are several free conversion programs, that get good marks. Many feel that Prism is quite good. Others like Super, but I think that it loads a bunch of its own CODEC's, and that has given a few users problems.
John T. Smith has posted a list of links to many converters, and many of those are free. The others have the approximate price by them. I do not have his list handy, but he's posted it here, in the PrE forum and in the CS4 & Earlier forum.
Tools to Convert to DV-AVIhttp://forums.adobe.com/thread/415317?tstart=0
Convert your files to DV-AVI Type II with 48KHz 16-bit Audio
To edit a divx file, start at http://www.divx.com/
To edit an xvid file, start at http://www.xvid.com/
To edit WMV http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/moviemaker/getstarted/default.mspx
I have NOT used the products below, I only forward due to other mentions
$90 http://www.magix.com/us/movie-edit-pro/ plus $5 Ship
$70 http://www.nchsoftware.com/prism/index.html Converter
$40 http://www.deskshare.com/dmc.aspx Digital Media Converter
$00 http://www.dvddecrypter.org.uk/ or http://www.mrbass.org/dvdrip/
$00 http://www.squared5.com/ MPEG Streamclip Converter
$00 http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html Multi-Converter <-- supposed to be very good
$00 http://www.virtualdub.org/ Mpeg to AVI Converter
That is the list.