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PrEl12 - importing avi file

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PrEl12 - importing avi file

Postby CarolG » Mon Oct 05, 2020 12:41 pm

I am trying to import avi video files taken with a digital camera back in 2011 and saved on an external hard drive. I have copied them onto my computer's hard from the Ext. drive. They play fine with Win. Media Player, BUT my PE12 will not import them with this standard message: "This type of file is not supported, or the required codec is not installed." This version of PrEl12 does import avi files from our current digital camera. Steve asked me to show this info below to figure out how I can make my PrEl12 import these avi files [I opened one of the video files in MediaInfo and changed "View" to "Text" per Steve's instructions. I think I have attached a screen capture of the display. I made a screen capture; the question is whether this tired 70-year old brain completed this post correctly] Thank you for an help....understand I am not one who grew up with computers......slide rules, baby!
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Re: PrEl12 - importing avi file

Postby Steve Grisetti » Mon Oct 05, 2020 1:12 pm

Hi, Carol. The problem is that this is a MJPEG AVI, a file format that was popular delivery format a decade ago but is not an easy format to edit.A Adding to your issue is the fact that this is an extremely low resolution file -- 320x240, about 1/16 the size of today's 1920x1080 video.

You still should be able to edit this in Premiere Elements 12 if you convert it to an MP4. The best program to do this with is the free download Handbrake. Our tutorial will show you the settings to use to do this.
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Re: PrEl12 - importing avi file

Postby CarolG » Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:31 pm

Thank you, Steve. I'll give it a try. I thought I had set my post to email me once there was a reply, but that did not happen. I am sorry I have not replied until now.
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Re: PrEl12 - importing avi file

Postby CarolG » Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:41 pm

I downloaded HandBrake and tried to open the app. I received the attached message. I am leary of just randomly downloading anything from anywhere. What is your opinion? Thank you.
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Re: PrEl12 - importing avi file

Postby Steve Grisetti » Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:47 pm

You can download version 4.7 or, better, 4.8 from here.
https://dotnet.microsoft.com/download/dotnet-framework
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Re: PrEl12 - importing avi file

Postby CarolG » Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:49 pm

OK - Thank you. This time the reply notice came in the email. I did find the site for the download, but I was mainly asking if this download is trustworthy.
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Re: PrEl12 - importing avi file

Postby Steve Grisetti » Wed Oct 14, 2020 3:16 pm

Yes. It should be.
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Re: PrEl12 - importing avi file

Postby CarolG » Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:37 am

Thank you. Man, I'm still feeling so lost on this site, but it's getting better.
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