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Premiere Elements 2021 doesn't import Avi or MP4 files. Buying another product

New Here ,
Dec 14, 2020 Dec 14, 2020

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I downloaded the trial of Premiere Elements 2021 and tried to make a movie using MP4 files. 

Got an error message.  Then I tried to make a movie with AVI files. 

Got an error an error message: 

"This type of file is not supported, or the required codec is not installed."

I am not going to purchase the product.  I suggest other people try it out, they may want to look for a product that will work with the files they have.  

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Dec 14, 2020 Dec 14, 2020

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Avi is a container/wrapper. What is important is the codec inside the avi.

The only avi supported by Elements and are avi's from DVcameras.

So might want to check what codec is inside by posting a screenshot of the clip in Mediainfo in treeview.

MediaInfo windows

MediaInfo Mac

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Dec 14, 2020 Dec 14, 2020

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As Ann says, if you're asking for help, we're glad to help you.

 

Premiere Elements definitely does edit AVI files. DV-AVI files, the one-time standard format for video editing. 

 

If it's not importing MP4s either, you've got something going on that's not related to the program. 

 

Too bad you've moved on to another product. You'll likely find the same issues there.

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Jul 10, 2021 Jul 10, 2021

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Hi there - I have Premiere Elements 2020 and want to extract a still from a .AVI video. Its video codec is H264 (from Mediainfo windows) - can this be converted to a form that Premiere can process?

 

Many thanks

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Jul 10, 2021 Jul 10, 2021

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Elements does not support h.264 in an avi container. You dont need elements to get a stll you can do that with the vlc player otherwise convert the file with handbrake to a mp4.

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Jul 10, 2021 Jul 10, 2021

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You can also easily convert the H-264/AVI to a more standard MP4 using the free download Handbrake. You'll then be able to edit the file or extract stills from in any editing program, including Premiere Elements.

 

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Aug 18, 2021 Aug 18, 2021

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Does Handbrake do a better job of converting H.264 AVI to MP4 than Video Editor that comes with Windows? VE does a mostly decent job except for the occasional random frames that come out an entirely different color.  It chews up a lot of time having to search for those frames and delete them.  Any info as to why that happens?

 

I've been able to edit H264 AVI in Video Pad, but I'd rather use Premiere Elements.  I'm more comfortable with its features. This old dog doesn't mind learning new tricks, he just wants to build on what he already has. lol

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Aug 19, 2021 Aug 19, 2021

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If you want more control over converting clips have a look at.

Shutter Encoder encoding|converting video FREE PC|Mac

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Oct 27, 2021 Oct 27, 2021

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Thank you for the suggestion.  I've decided to go with Hand Brake.  Control is not as much as an issue as reliability.  The Video Editor in Windows not only would give an occasional frame with false color rendering, but also makes duplicate copies of the final frame at the end.  Hand Brake doesn't do that.  I also like how it will queue up several files and convert them automatically without having to manually start the process for each file.  Get the process started and move on to something else, which allows more efficient use of time.  I produce travel-oriented videos from a dashcam (road trips, driving fails).  The last thing I want to do is to inspect several days of footage looking for the false colored frames and trailing frames at the end.  That takes longer than the trip itself!

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