Unable to load AVI files to Premiere Elements for editing- Solution

Summary: Can’t import AVI files into Premiere Elements? Can’t open XviD/AVI files in Premiere Elements 8/9/11/13? In this article, we introduce the easy solution to you.

Ever met any file importing and transferring problems while you are trying to import and edit some AVI files in Premiere Elements? There are two typical issues from the Pinnacle users quoted as below.

Q1: AVI importing error in Premiere Elements

Today, I sat down with Fraps and tried to record gameplay. When I was done recording, I compressed the video file with VirtualDub using the XVid Codec. This is when the problem starts. When I open up Premiere Elements 10 and try to import the file it won't work. The error is: "This type of file is not supported, or the required codec is not installed".

Q2: Adobe Premiere Elements AVI Files No Video

So I use Premiere Elements 11. I import the .avi files. The screen shows nothing, but the audio is playing. Fun fact: I recorded a long gaming session to upload to youtube in parts. So I split the same file in half in Premiere and uploaded it. Forgot to save. Now I come to split it again in the same place. No video.

Actually, Adobe Premiere Elements has the ability to support AVI format. However, AVI is a container format with different video audio codecs. In usual, Premiere Elemets won't import AVI files created by Windows Movie Maker; captured from VHS, CamStudio or other source encoded in XviD, DivX smoothly. To get rid of the issues, you will need to transcode AVI to a more "edit" friendly codec for Premiere Elements like MPEG-2.

Now I share the guide with you how to convert AVI video to Premiere Elements friendly format using Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac. With it, you can effortlessly encode/re-encode AVI for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Adobe Premiere Elements, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Avid MC and more. For working AVI clips in Premiere Elements on Windows, try Brorsoft Video Converter. Below is the detailed guide for you.

1. Download, install and run the AVI converter app; click "Add" icon to load your source videos.

2. Choose output format. Just click "Format" menu firstly and then follow "Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas" to set MPG, MOV or WMV format.

3. Click "Settings" button if you’d like to customize advanced audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels.

4. Hit the convert button, it will start transcoding AVI for importing to Premiere Elments immediately. Soon after the conversion, just click “Open” button to get the generated files for natively editing in Premiere Elements 8/9/11/13 perfectly.

Additional Tips: This AVI to Premiere Elements Converter not only can help you convert .avi to Adobe Elements, but also enables anyone with AVI files to use in any non-linear editor like Final Cut Pro, iMovie, FCE, Avid Media Composer, etc as long as transcode AVI to a recognizable format. It’s a great tool to meet your different needs.

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