I really don't want to have to find a converter because I have a lot of large files but it's looking like this is the only way forward
Correct. My guess is you were savvy enough to pirate this material, which is not intended to be edited, just apart from legal issues.
Your best approach is to edit material you shot yourself with a video camera.
the material is my own from an Alba d31H HD pocket camera, so why wouldn't that be editable if I filmed my own material myself? It goes onto the computer in an AVI file which I read is notorious for being difficult, it won't load on another editing software either but interestingly does on WMM - although this jams on the larger files
but thanks for your presumptions
I talked about a video camera, not about toys. Better use a consumer application like WMM, Magix or the like.
if I could that's what I'd do but I need the advanced features of cs5.5 and the like, even with my little toy camera. I guess there is no solution for this software then if you don't use expensive pro gear?
thanks for the great help...
What codec is in that AVI file? If it's H.264 then you will have problems with it in Pr. MPEG4 and H.264 AVI files generally cannot be imported or edited properly in Pr.
You could try renaming the files to have an .mp4 extension, but other than that, conversion is likely your only workable option if you want to use Pr.
I just had a look and it's H.264, I don't know what that means but it doesn't look good then!
they never used to load in quicktime at all, I installed xvid codec and now it does but again it's only the audio
I think you need to convert to something that will edit
H.264 NOT inside AVI http://forums.adobe.com/thread/854115
Also, check the web site for your camera and see what is available direct from the vendor