Cannot import AVI from my Canon IXUS into Premiere :-(

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Paul Turner, Dec 10, 2005.

  1. Paul  Turner

    Paul Turner Guest

    Premiere says "Unsupported file type". What codec's do I need to
    install? and where?

    I'm a bit of a newbie with all this so please forgive me, although I
    would have thought that I already had the appropriate codec, because I
    can play these AVI files in Media Player etc.

    Any help would be great, as I'm going to Africa in a few weeks to
    produce some short films in tiny communities in Malawi!


    Paul Turner, Dec 10, 2005
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    Funprice Guest

    Check out which codec is used with: "GSpot" or: "AVICodec".
    Funprice, Dec 10, 2005
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    Being a Canon camera as well, I ran into the same issue with Vegas.
    The problem is that the file uses an MJPEG codec and your computer doesn't
    have it nor does Canon make it available on their site for you :-(

    I ended up buying one from Morgan Multimedia for $20 U.S.
    Details at

    Main Concept also has one for $19. Details about 1/3 down the page at

    Finally, there's a free one at that you can try if
    you want.
    I haven't tried it out though so you're on your own.

    Mike Kujbida, Dec 10, 2005
  4. I have run across this one seveal times. Even though Premiere will not open
    or import the file programs like Nero will utilize them to create other
    video files. The only drawback is the other programs don't allow editing of
    the files as far as I can tell. But, you can use them to create a DVD for

    Another way to gain editing access is to use the cable supplied with the
    camera for TV playback. Hook that cable to any analog to DV pass-through
    enabled digital camcorder or other such device, and capture it in realtime
    to the hard drive. Edit the video and your on your way.

    Though I do not know this to be fact, there may be a way to gain access to
    the file using the cable and software which allows access to your pictures
    on the chip. Normally I just hook the camera to the computer and access the
    pictures off the camrea in My Computer, but there may be a way to bring in
    the video using the supplied software and USB cable.

    The DVD camcorder have a similar peculiarity where the video is accessed
    through a supplied software over the USB cable. First you are shown
    thumbnails of the clips on the disc and then when that is selected a copy is
    made to the hard drive in a usable file format. In the case of the DVD
    camcorder from Sony this is an MPG file 352x480, even though the video on
    the disc is MPEG-2 VOB 720x480.

    On the outset this problem of gaining access to the video on those discs
    puzzled me when I tried all the normal options available through my previous
    NLE experience. Then like I always tell everyone else I had to break down
    and read the manual, which is where I made the amazing discovery of how it
    actually was done successfully.

    I hate to admit it but, the answer was right there in front of me all the
    time. RTFM!!!!
    Larry Johnson, Dec 10, 2005
  5. No. Canopus EDIUS, nor IXUS uses a codec of its' own. It's the Canopus DV
    Codec. Premiere does not, and will not recognize these video files without
    the Canopus Edius Plug-in - which I believe is only available for Canopus
    hardware cards, i.e. Edius NX for HDV, Edius SP for HDV.
    Larry Johnson, Dec 11, 2005
  6. You can get a Canopus soft-pack, which contains a software
    version of the codec, which you can use on any machine
    which does not have the Canopus DV-codec.


    Martin Heffels, Dec 11, 2005
  7. Sorry, I accidentally posted this in error.... please ignore.
    Larry Johnson, Dec 11, 2005
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