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 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
Convert your SD files to DV-AVI Type II with 48KHz 16-bit Audio
As John says, AVI is a 'wrapper' for the video and audio. I've been working with AVIs today that contan xVid video. To read them successfully I had to install the codec.
What YOU need to do is find out what codec you need to decode the file. I recommend GSpot, a free utility that reads the file and will give you all the information you need.
Once you know what the codec is, you can download it.
A word of warning - don't be tempted to install one of the codec packs you find littered around the internet. They may cause more problems than they solve.
On a related note, if you need to convert from one format to another, you may be interested in Format Factory. It's another free utility that will convert between many different formats, and offers a good degree of configurability.
@John and legs2sag
I've downloaded the GSpot utility like you guys mentioned..... I'm assuming in the area where it says "Proposed Codec Solutions and Tests" tells me what codec I'm missing? Because GSpot gave me info about the .AVI file and what codec is installed, but it gave me no information of what codec I need to install. Am I not looking in the right place?
@john According to GSpot (in the video track) the codec I have installed is H.264/MPEG-4 AVC. For the audio track, GSpot says I have the codec 0x0055 MPEG-1 Layer 3 installed.
In Premiere, I don't see a red line above the video in the timeline. Actually, Premiere only treats the .AVI file as an audio file and therefore Premiere won't allow me to drag the video to the video timeline track at all.
@Poweredbydesign Thanks for the link, I'll have to check that out.
Do the following:
- Get the latest 64-bit static FFmpeg build: Zeranoe FFmpeg - Builds
- Extract ffmpeg.exe (located in the "bin" folder in the zip) to your folder with the AVIs.
- Open Notepad; save file as "avi2mp4.bat" without quotes and without the usually ".txt" extension.
- Paste this into the file:
@ECHO OFF for %%a in (*.avi) do ffmpeg -i "%%a" -vcodec copy -acodec libvo_aacenc -f mp4 -y "%%~na".mp4
- Save and run it.
- Import the MP4s into Pr and edit.
Post back with any difficulties.