6 Replies Latest reply on Feb 10, 2012 9:33 AM by the_wine_snob

    .avi recognition problem.


      I captured video using Premiere Elements 9 as an .avi file and when I went to use the file in a project I got the message saying "This type of file is not supported, or the required codec is not installed."  Why would this happen if I captured the file using Premiere?

        • 1. Re: .avi recognition problem.
          John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          What did you capture from?


          Please list your exact, step by step process


          Also read...

          Read Bill Hunt on a file type as WRAPPER http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037

          What is a CODEC... a Primer http://forums.adobe.com/thread/546811

          What CODEC is INSIDE that file? http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037


          Report back with the codec details of your file, use the programs below... a screen shot works well to SHOW people what you are doing


          For PC http://www.headbands.com/gspot/ or http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en

          For Mac http://mediainfo.massanti.com/

          • 2. Re: .avi recognition problem.
            the_wine_snob Level 9

            Welcome to the forum.


            Along the lines of John T's questions, and also his links, when you say "Capture," did you use PrE to actually do a Capture from a miniDV tape camera, attached via FireWire? If so, that should be about as "plain vanilla," as one can possibly get.


            Are you on a PC, or a Mac?


            Good luck,



            • 3. Re: .avi recognition problem.
              HayesJohnE Level 1

              FYI: I downloaded GSpot and used it to identify the Codec on the file.  Codec: dvsd, Name: DVC/DV, Status: Codec(s) are installed.


              Yes, I used PrE to do the Capture from a Canon ZR60 camera using a FireWire connection.  I am running Window XP pro, SP3.  I have captured video in 2 different ways, once directly from a tape in the camera and once as a play through from an attached VCR.  Both resulted in the same problem.

              • 4. Re: .avi recognition problem.
                the_wine_snob Level 9

                That DV CODEC is what is to be expected, and should be on your computer, running Windows, as it is a MS CODEC.


                Now, have you installed any CODEC packs, or other video editing programs? The reason that I ask is that many CODEC packs will overwrite perfectly good, commercial CODEC's, with ones that are hacked, or reverse-engineered. Also, they can change the priority of CODEC's in the Registry, and PrE will go with whatever is in the Registry.


                What version of Windows are your running? The reason that I ask this, is that with many flavors of Vista, MS stripped out the CODEC's, but did issues a Vista CODEC pack, to put back, what used to be installed thorugh XP.


                What puzzles me is that during Capture, PrE had access to the MS DV CODEC, but now it does not. Have you installed any other video-editing programs? Have you run any aggressive Registry "cleaners" on your system? Have you installed any video capture hardware, that might install CODEC's? It is obvious that something has changed.


                Do you have any System Restore Points from when the Capture was done? If so, then create a new System Restore Point for today, then boot to Safe Mode. When the dialog screen appears, asking if you want to go to System Restore, choose OK, and then choose a Restore Point from when things DID work. Reboot, as directed, and test. At the worst, you have lost about 5 mins., as you created that System Restore Point for today, and can easily go back to that.


                Good luck, and please keep us informed,



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                • 5. Re: .avi recognition problem.
                  HayesJohnE Level 1

                  Bill & John, thank you for your interest and suggestions.  I do not know what happened as I did not make any changes but this morning when I tried to bring these very same clips onto the timeline it worked.  They seem to work fine.


                  Thanks again.  If I have any more problems I will be sure to let you know.



                  • 6. Re: .avi recognition problem.
                    the_wine_snob Level 9



                    That IS odd. I feel that sometimes, computers just need a bit of "down time," to sort themselves out...


                    So long as all is working, we'll just keep our fingers X'ed.


                    Happy editing and good luck,