Read Bill Hunt on a file type as WRAPPERhttp://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
For PC http://www.headbands.com/gspot/ or http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en
For Mac http://mediainfo.massanti.com/
As John indicates, we need to know what kind of camcorder your video came from and how you got it into your computer.
An MPV video is a non-standard form of an MPEG and may not be usable in Premiere Elements.
Also, have you gone to Apple.com and ensured you have the latest version of Quicktime? You should also manually go to Windows Update and ensure you have even the non-critical updates for your machine.
aha....thanks I'll try to download quicktime...I am working on a new laptop so it might not have it...I hope that's a simple fix...thanks a million for your response...my video clips are from my little Sony Cyber- shot DSC W-30 with MPEG movie capabilety camera.
RATS....nope, downloading quick time didnt seem to affect anything...???other suggestions?
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No. You're unfortunately not likely to be able to work with that type of video in Premiere Elements. Sorry.
You can try a program like MPEG Streamclip (a free download) and see if it will convert it to a DV-AVI using the instructions in our FAQs.
why wont premier process clips from that camera? too old? weird format? seems like a sony camera would have useable files....hmmm. I will try your suggestion thanks again...dang.
Video from still cameras like this isn't designed to be edited, for the most part. It's usually pretty low-end and it uses codecs designed to squeeze as much video as possible in as small a space as possible.
Premiere Elements is designed primarily to work with video from camcorders, Shari.
So this non-traditional video usually has to be converted to an editable form in order to edit it. Sorry.
okey dokey then...thanks for the clear explanation...I am not having any luck downloading the last one you mentioned...doesnt want to load...looks like I'll have to get a real video camera. I am a whale naturalist guide in Baja who has great opportunities for some awesome footage. guess I will put it on my christmas list...thanks so much for your help.
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A good video editing camcorder can be had fairly cheaply, Shari.
MiniDVs are the best camcorders around for editing on your computer -- and you can find them for under $200 on places like Amazon.com.
I picked up a great little Sony for $80 on eBay last year.
Because the industry is leaning so much toward storage-based camcorders, tape-based miniDVs have kind of fallen out of favor. But that's to our advantage, because it means so many people are getting rid of their old ones!
Go with a Sony miniDV and you won't go wrong. Excellent quality picture, and it interfaces beautifully with PC-based editors like Premiere Elements.
thanks for that Steve...as I live in a remote area of baja sur, it's tough for me to get a line on things like that. Hey, do you ever get down here? We have a cool spot...beautiful place...send me a link if you ever see one of those cameras again for a good deal to ***@****. We often do trades for stuff in exchange for fishing, accomodation, lobster etc...thanks again for your help. A friend who turned me onto premum elements movie making told me the forum were helpful and he sure was right. He has a new head camera for surfing that worked great on our whale trip...have a great evening steve....google bahia asuncion to see where we are.
I've removed your e-mail address from your post, Shari, to protect you from spybots that search forums for e-mails to spam. But I'll drop you a note soon with a link to some very nice camcorders on Amazon.
You can see them too if you just go to Amazon.com and type "Sony miniDV camcorder" in the product search.
And BOY would I love to be in Mexico right now! I'm so tired of this chilly Wisconsin weather.