Like others before me I am having difficulty loading .avi files into Premiere Elements. These are old family films that we have used a converter to digitise from VHS tape.
I have tried converting the files to mp4 using Handbrake but the sound is all over the place on the resulting file. I have tried using VLC media player to covert but the resulting files are unplayable.
Any suggestions? I am new to all this - maybe there are settings in Handbrake I should be applying to get the sound to work?
Here are the results for my file from MediaInfo:
Format : AVI
Format/Info : Audio Video Interleave
File size : 847 MiB
Duration : 29 min 50 s
Overall bit rate : 3 966 kb/s
ID : 0
Format : AVC
Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile : Main@L3
Format settings : CABAC / 1 Ref Frames
Format settings, CABAC : Yes
Format settings, RefFrames : 1 frame
Codec ID : H264
Duration : 29 min 39 s
Bit rate : 3 811 kb/s
Width : 640 pixels
Height : 480 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 4:3
Frame rate mode : Variable
Frame rate : 29.970 (30000/1001) FPS
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
Bit depth : 8 bits
Scan type : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.414
Stream size : 809 MiB (96%)
ID : 1
Format : MPEG Audio
Format version : Version 1
Format profile : Layer 3
Format settings : Joint stereo
Codec ID : 55
Codec ID/Hint : MP3
Duration : 29 min 50 s
Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 160 kb/s
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Sampling rate : 44.1 kHz
Compression mode : Lossy
Stream size : 34.1 MiB (4%)
Alignment : Aligned on interleaves
Interleave, duration : 26 ms (0.78 video frame)
Interleave, preload duration : 1096 ms
Premiere Elements can't work with H.264-AVIs with a variable frame rate.
Converting it to an MP4 using HandBrake is definitely what I'd recommend. I'm not sure why that isn't working for you or what you mean when you say the sound is "all over the place".
If you use the settings I describe in my tutorial you should get good results.
The only difference in the settings is that you should be setting your video's dimensions to 640x480.
I have followed your tutorial but the sound problem remains. What's happening is that the sound is all sped up and sounds jumbled up and then stops about 13 minutes into the video. It's almost as if Handbrake has compressed the sound into the first half of the video, if that makes any sense?
Can you upload one of your AVIs to a public Dropbox and post a link to it so we can download it and experiment with it?