I'm with John. If you're trying to work with FRAPS video, it's not likely it's going to work in Premiere Elements.
Some other notes about Screen Capture
Jing by Techsmith http://forums.adobe.com/message/3692768
Hello, John. Thank you for your assistance. Here's what MediaInfo had to say about one of the AVIs (there were 8 in all I was trying to grab clips from):
Format : AVI Format/Info : Audio Video Interleave File size : 267 MiB Duration : 8mn 11s Overall bit rate : 4 550 Kbps
ID : 0 Format : MS Video Codec ID : CRAM Codec ID/Info : Microsoft Video 1 Duration : 8mn 11s Bit rate : 4 512 Kbps Width : 668 pixels Height : 608 pixels Display aspect ratio : 1.099 Frame rate : 200.000 fps Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.056 Stream size : 264 MiB (99%)
Here are the details on one of the other AVIs. The difference in resolution is because the program has you manually set the window size for the capture.
Format : AVI Format/Info : Audio Video Interleave File size : 897 MiB Duration : 21mn 35s Overall bit rate : 5 806 Kbps
ID : 0 Format : MS Video Codec ID : CRAM Codec ID/Info : Microsoft Video 1 Duration : 21mn 35s Bit rate : 5 767 Kbps Width : 680 pixels Height : 620 pixels Display aspect ratio : 1.097 Frame rate : 200.000 fps Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.068 Stream size : 891 MiB (99%)
Thank you for the links, Mr. Smith; I'm trying to digest them.
I'm still a little frustrated that I can't just take said AVIs and have them work. Especially since I spent a good 4 hours capturing everything, then at least that editing it into the 3-minute video I made. Just a bitter pill to swallow.
After looking at the data you had me gather, Mr. Nash, as well as watching one of the videos John Smith linked to, I noticed something odd: The AVI was captured at 200fps. I did a test of the same game, captured at 30fps, and it worked WORLDS better. Maybe to the point of considering this "fixed."
I have to recapture/re-edit everything for my video, but at least I know what the main issue is/was. Thank goodness I was very meticulous in my shotlist, so it shouldn't take quite as long.
Thank you, gents, for your fast responses and good direction. I feel you guys taught me to fish, more than giving me a fish, which I really appreciate.
And to summarize succinctly: The default on CamStudio was to capture at 200fps, causing choppy video when edited/rendered through Premiere Elements. I changed CamStudio's settings to capture at 30fps, which I believe solved the issue.
(I also changed the codec from Microsoft Video 1 to Intel IYUV codec, and the quality from a default 70 to 100. Not sure if either of those helped, but I'll leave them there for now)
Unfortunately, there is no single thing called an "AVI." AVIs can be made up of any of thousands of codecs, as John's links above discuss. Most are designed for anything but editing -- and programs like Premiere Elements simply can't digest them.
The CRAM codec is definitely in that category. As its name implies, it's designed to squeeze the most video into the smallest space -- unlike the DV codec, which is designed to provide maximum editability.
My codec options for this capture software are Microsoft Video 1, Intel IYUV, and Radius's Cinepac Codec. Which do you think is best, Steve? Like I said above, I switched to Intel IYUV kind of at random.
Here is the info on the latest AVI, which worked MUCH better:
Format : AVI Format/Info : Audio Video Interleave File size : 327 MiB Duration : 1mn 2s Overall bit rate : 44.2 Mbps
ID : 0 Format : YUV Codec ID : IYUV Codec ID/Info : Intel Indeo iYUV 4:2:0 Duration : 1mn 2s Bit rate : 44.2 Mbps Width : 856 pixels Height : 824 pixels Display aspect ratio : 1.039 Frame rate : 30.000 fps Color space : YUV Compression mode : Lossless Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 2.087 Stream size : 327 MiB (100%)
I notice it lists "Compression mode: Lossless," while the info on the one using CRAM as you say, didn't even have that section. I also remember one of the links mentioning the importance of lossless compression. Perhaps that helped matters, too.
>taught me to fish, more than giving me a fish
Glad you found the problem and are able to edit
Now, if you want to discuss catching fish... or snake on a plane... or anything else to take a break from banging your head on the keyboard over editing issues, head on over to the Lounge
Lots of banter, most of it polite, and the (virtual) beer is always free
Thanks for the invite. After I catch up on this capture/editing, I may head in that direction. I'm a fan of intelligent banter.
>fan of intelligent banter
Grin... now where in my message did you see any reference to that sort of thing?
Yep... stop on by, good for a laugh... or to learn somethng new that you never knew you needed to know
Just be careful when you enter the first time, the building contractor didn't get the steps 'quite' right, so mind you don't stub your toes
Unfortunately, none of those are likely to work well in Premiere Elements.
But it's being compounded by the fact that your video is 856x824 pixels, which doesn't match any of the standard camcorder format perimeters.
You may want to consider another program for editing this video. Ulead's Video Studio is more tolerant of these odd codecs, so it may be a good choice.
But in my experience you're just never going to get this square peg to fit in Premiere Elements' round hole, and you're going to drive yourself crazy trying. Sorry.
It's been far from a smooth process, but it has worked at times. Oddly, the same settings will produce a beautifully editable clip one minute, and then literally 10 minutes later the next video won't even be recognized as a legit file. It's a grind, but I'm stubborn. I have 14 more shots left to capture (about 1/3 the total list). I just want to bang them out and be done with it.
I'm pretty sure I won't be doing this again. I'll check out Ulead's, thanks.