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importing AVI

New Here ,
Dec 03, 2019 Dec 03, 2019

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Hi --

Just purchased and installed premiere elements. went to import several avi files and each one has issues with the sound being slow or distorted. these same files open without problem in VSDC editor, Movie Maker, Movie Editor and Camtasia. What is the issue with Premiere (or what could I be doing wrong...)?

Thanks in advance!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 03, 2019 Dec 03, 2019

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Please use the free MediaInfo and post a screenshot the properties of your media in tree view:

MediaInfo 

 

If it is not a supported codec or is variable frame rate, you may need to covert with Handbrake:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=34&v=xlvxgVREX-Y

Converting uneditable videos into an editable format with Handbrake. If you've got any questions, please drop by our free Community Forum at Muvipix.com.

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New Here ,
Dec 04, 2019 Dec 04, 2019

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Thanks Bob, I'll get to that computer later today. To be clear: there are some codecs that other editors support (i.e. VSDC and Camtasia) that Premiere Elements does NOT support? If so, is it possible to add codecs to Premiere Elements?

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 04, 2019 Dec 04, 2019

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Depends on the codec used.

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Dec 04, 2019 Dec 04, 2019

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Dec 04, 2019 Dec 04, 2019

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I DID previously read the Adobe article on Premiere Elements and Cdoecs. What I am having trouble wrapping my head around is that I clearly have a valid codec installed for these AVI files or else VSDC, Camtasia and Movie Maker would not be able to open them. My limitation is that I don't understand why Adobe is not or can not use the same codec to open AVI files. AND if it is true that Elements ONLY works with some codecs, is there a comprehensive list of specific codecs that Elements will snuggle up to ...................

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 04, 2019 Dec 04, 2019

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Please answer Bob's question about Mediainfo,

Avi is not a codec but a container.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 04, 2019 Dec 04, 2019

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"I don't understand why Adobe is not or can not use the same codec...." 

 

It is because editing is more complex with different requirements.  Playback is easy by comparison.  From the help file:  " The technical requirements for editing video files are more stringent than the requirements for playing video files. You sometimes have to transcode (convert) problematic files."

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New Here ,
Dec 04, 2019 Dec 04, 2019

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MediaInfo:

AVI.jpg

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 05, 2019 Dec 05, 2019

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You should be able to inport this file.

Rename top folder the clip is in and try again.

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New Here ,
Dec 05, 2019 Dec 05, 2019

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Tried renaming the file, the top folder and moving the file to the root directory (F:\) with no resoution to the problem. The inported video looks fine, but the sound is slowed down; using Time Stretch to speeed up the video 150% restores the sound to the correct speed, but of course the video is now 1.5 times faster.

 

At the risk of repeating myself, VSDC video editor  and Movie Maker open and edit these files with no problems. Premiere Elements strikes the sweet spot between the inscrutable complexity of VSDC and the simplicity but feature paucity of Movier Make, which is why I was eager to use it. Plus in a previous life I was pretty familiar with Premiere Pro. While transcoding is certainly an option, I am not looking forward to doing that for 70+ files thought I suspect I can set up Handbrake (know of it, but never used it) to do the heavy lifting ....

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 05, 2019 Dec 05, 2019

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Did you install a codec pack?

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Dec 05, 2019 Dec 05, 2019

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No codec pack installed and when I looked at the installed codecs with the Windows Media Center utility I saw none additional other than those supplied with Windows 10

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 05, 2019 Dec 05, 2019

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Can you upload a short clip to test?

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Dec 05, 2019 Dec 05, 2019

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It might be the audio: two stereo tracks?

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New Here ,
Dec 05, 2019 Dec 05, 2019

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I'll snip a short clip when I get home (approx 7:00pm eastern) and upload.

FWIW these files were recorded on a SONY DSR-45A and then captured by Windows Movie Maker from the DSR via the Firewire interface.

 

One stereo (2ch) audio track

Thanks!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 05, 2019 Dec 05, 2019

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Captured with Windows Movie Maker might made them avi type 1 which could be an issue.

Download Gspot and check.

Mediainfo does not show dv type.

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New Here ,
Dec 05, 2019 Dec 05, 2019

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2 iamges below

 

GSPOT2.jpg

GSPOT renders the video and audio with no problems

GSPOT1a.jpg

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New Here ,
Dec 10, 2019 Dec 10, 2019

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anybody have any thoughts after looking at the GSPOT shots above?

Thanks!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 10, 2019 Dec 10, 2019

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It is type 1, so you may need to convert it to Type 2.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 11, 2019 Dec 11, 2019

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My hunch was correct.

Windows Movie Maker has never been a good source for capturing dv tape.

Elements does not handle DV type I correct.

Only solution is to convert.

https://www.videohelp.com/software/DVdate

 

https://www.videohelp.com/software/WinDV

 

 

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Dec 11, 2019 Dec 11, 2019

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Thanks --- I've downloaded those and will convert to type 2 and try importing again. I AM curious (AND hopeful) to see if that cures the problem ..............

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Dec 05, 2019 Dec 05, 2019

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I googled for DVCPRO information.  It seems to be an old, aimed at tape, codec.  There were sites that offered downloads but I have no idea if they are trustworthy.    There were suggestions that it was a codec used in early tape based digital editing needing Mac computers.  

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