Is this AVI from a miniDV camcorder captured over a FireWire connection?
If not, it may not be a true DV-AVI and its audio (and possibly even video) codec may not be compatiblewith Premiere Elements.
If this is not video from a miniDV camcorder, open the file in G Spot or Media Info and either list the file's specs or, better, post a screen capture of the spec report to this forum.
The video was taken on a handheld camcorder onto an SD card and then downloaded so I guess that this could mean its not a true AVI file? Any ideas if there is any way round this issue?
That is correct, Sarah. But unless you tell us what model of camcorder and what format and resolution the video is, we can't help you.
Along with the info that Steve has asked for, please give us the details of the Project's Preset, chosen at New Project. You can see, but not change, the Project's Preset from the Edit menu and Project Settings.
Thank you, and good luck,
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
If you have a red line over the timeline after importing a video and before adding any effects... your project is wrong for your video... read above about codecs
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
H.264 NOT inside AVI http://forums.adobe.com/thread/854115
OK I have all this information: the camera was a Toshiba Camileo P30, and the video would have been (according to the manual) VGA format at 30fps, resolution 640x480. It says it saves as .AVI file type, and the codec is H264. Here is a screen shot from the G SPOT file information with the screen shot of the settings from the premiere project :
Plus you were also asking for the settings for the projects preset- not sure which bit you need but screenshot also attached, the video render tab is set to I-frame only MPEG and MPEG-1 FRAME
Hope this is enough information,
Thanks for your help- really appreciate it!
And just got the other post- yes, there is a red line above the time-line!!
>AVI file type, and the codec is H264
Go to the bottom of my previous message... h264 inside an avi will not work... read at the link I posted... I don't remember if that message has a solution
If you don't already have it install the latest QuickTime software from Apple and see if that makes any difference.
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Meantime, I'd start a new Premiere Elements project and select for my project settings Flip Mino. (Standard def, not the HD option.)
There's no guaranteeing it will work -- but it's your best shot for working with this footage.
As John T. points out, the uncommon wrapping of H.264 in the AVI format, can be a big problem. Adobe NLE (Non Linear Editor) programs, are not expecting to encounter that combo. Why some camera mfgrs. choose to do that, is beyond me.
It has been hinted that PrPro CS 6 (release soon), will have the capability to handle H.264 as AVI, but until then, the "fix" is to use a utility to re-wrap the H.264 to MOV, or MP4 (much more common wrappers), or to convert that footage to something that is more common, and that PrE (or PrPro before CS 6), can handle.
The solution from John T Smith is in the link:
H.264 NOT inside AVI http://forums.adobe.com/thread/854115 and it works!
Huge thanks to everyone for their useful advice and help- very much appreciated.