Best guess: Convert these AVI files to something editable and accept the quality hit. Your source material is not suitable for editing and you may not have the legal rights to even try to edit them. Or get the original material from the copyright owner.
We need to know a lot more if we're going to help you.
What version of Premiere Pro? Have you installed the recent updates? What operating system?
You say "I cant view any video format at all in premier". Exactly what kinds of video files have you tried?
Has this ever worked before? What other software are you running? Do you have any third-party codecs installed?
Read Bill Hunt on a file type as WRAPPER http://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
Report back with the codec details of your file, use the programs below
For PC http://www.headbands.com/gspot/ or http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en
For Mac http://mediainfo.massanti.com/
Once you know exactly what it is you are editing, report back with that information... and your project setting, and if there is a red line
above the video in the timeline, which indicates a mismatch between video and project
See 2nd post for picture of NEW ITEM process http://forums.adobe.com/thread/872666?tstart=0
I'm running Premiere Pro CS5 on Windows 7. I dont have 5.04 update because it does not appear in the updater.
Premiere worked fine before I reinstalled Windows.
I have used Adobe Media Encoder to change the format to Quicktime, H.264-Blu Ray, Windows Media and MPEG-2 Blu Ray all with no success.
I have DivX, AC3 Filter, QuickTime and ZyGo Video 2.0, I dont know if they are installed in Premiere, they are just installed on the computer.
I recoreded the video so their would be no problems with copyright.
There is no red line above the timeline, the only thing in the timeline is the sound of the video.
Project Settings are:
Display Format: Timecode
Display Format: Audio Sample
Capture Format: HDV
Video Rendering and Playback
Rendere: Mercury Playback Engine Software Only
Information from 'MediaInfo'
ID : 0
Format : AVC
Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile : Main@L4.0
Format settings, CABAC : Yes
Format settings, ReFrames : 4 frames
Codec ID : H264
Duration : 3mn 51s
Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 4 001 Kbps
Width : 1 280 pixels
Height : 720 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 16:9
Frame rate : 29.970 fps
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
Bit depth : 8 bits
Scan type : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.145
Stream size : 111 MiB (95%)
ID : 1
Format : ADPCM
Codec ID : 11
Codec ID/Hint : Intel
Duration : 3mn 51s
Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 192 Kbps
Channel(s) : 1 channel
Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
Bit depth : 4 bits
Stream size : 5.31 MiB (5%)
Interleave, duration : 43 ms (1.27 video frame)
I am really confused... your project is HDV (which is VERY specific to High Def video from tape) but your file is AVC... and you mention AVI
It looks to me like you have a really large mismatch between project and file
Also, read H.264 NOT inside AVI http://forums.adobe.com/thread/854115?tstart=0
Regardless of what format I choose it will not recognize video.
The files ends in .avi so I assume it to be .avi file type?
I've also tryed some AVCHD footage and that works perfectly, so I believe it to be a problem with the file itself but I still dont understand why it wont recognize it despite what format I convert it to.
AVI is just a wrapper, container that can hold all kinds of stuff. PR only likes certain contents that mostly originate from regular camcorders or certain DSLR's. Other stuff it hates and will not work. That is why I said you need to convert to an editable format or get the original material from the copyright owner. The fact that you recorded copyrighted material does not give you the right to edit that recording. You can watch it, but not edit it legally.
Just changing the file extension does not make a file editable. If you have a .XLS file from Excel, and you change the extension to .AVI does not work in PR. You need to Google for a converter.
>files ends in .avi so I assume it to be .avi file type?
You need to go back and click the links I provided and read again
AVI may mean many things... and it seems clear that YOUR file contains video that Premiere doesn't like
If you do have h.264 AVC inside that AVI file, it will not work in Premiere... click the link I provided
I believe it to be a problem with the file itself
Quite possibly. Premiere Pro works well with standardized camera formats. However, no camera shoots AVCHD to an AVI file. So that begs the question, where did you get the file?
>no camera shoots AVCHD to an AVI file
Well, the link I posted before http://forums.adobe.com/thread/854115?tstart=0 leads to a note saying the Insignia Model #NS-DV111080F does record h.264 to an AVI wrapper
Not all H.264 is AVCHD, which is the H.264 variant that PP accepts and works with.
Thankyou all for your help
I simply solved the problem by re-recording the footage with a camera that works with premiere (the one that the AVCHD video came from)