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I've got some high quality video's, which are scans of Super8 film. They're giant video files. My goal is to restore these video's using different software. I want to color correct them, remove scratches, etc.
Now I've tried importing some of these video's to Adobe Premiere, but it won't accept it. Instead I get the message: "Unsupported format or damaged file".
In order to be able to play these video's on my computer, I'm required to install the Lagarith codec. I did, but it still has no effect on my ability to import the video's to Premiere, or any other Adobe program.
I've done some research, and several people advise to convert the video's to another format. I really don't want to do that. I don't want to create a compressed file before I get to edit it.
So is there a way to open Avi video's with the Lagarith codec in Premiere, or other video editing software like After Effects?
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I don't know if there's a way to get Lagarith encoded files into Premiere Pro (maybe?/probably not).
Hopefully someone with direct knowledge will post.
Quick research online and I can't see any updates to Lagarith since 2011?
But if you can find an app to convert them into another high quality codec - like ProresHQ, DNxHD or Cineform you are unlikely to suffer any visible quality loss and will get smaller (and editable) files.
Lagarith is mathematically lossless, while the others I've mentioned can be 'visually lossless' in their high end versions.
Lagarith is clever in that it can compress the image while still being lossless ... but it can't do a good job compressing what's known as 'high entopy' data. Super8 (and all it's huge film grain) is a high entopy source. Therefore 'giant files'.
I honestly don't believe (particularly with Super8) you'll be able to see the difference if you do convert.
I think I will try some other video restoration software before I decide to covert files. But from what I gather, it's not possible to use Adobe Premiere without converting the video's first.
I had already installed the codec. But wouldn't you know, some video's now DO get imported by Adobe Premiere. Maybe I hadn't installed the correct version of Lagarith, or maybe not all the video's have the same codec.
Thanks for your help!
Doesn't work for me. I downloaded and installed lagarith and adobe still tells me I have the wrong format or the file is corrupted.
This is an avi from an 8mm video.
quicktime png is small. another free one is huffyuv. its much smaller file sizes for uncompressed than lagarith, but i think UT has a 10 bit version. lagarith makes huge file sizes so i'm suprised people still use it.
Just confirming that transcoding to ProRes 422 HQ is a very good choice for workflows starting with Logarith-original clips.