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Old July 11th, 2008, 09:35 PM   #1
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AVI to WMV problem

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I am just after recording a big tornado storm on my camcorder, but i recorded to my SD disc as I did not have time to grab my mini DVD discs that i always use with my camcorder. So it gets saved as an AVI format with my SD card.
I came home and previewed the AVI files and the sound and image is great and the sound is clear. I tried to put the AVI into Vegas pro 8 and it only comes up as audio. I get no picture at all. So i converted it to WMV and when it plays in WMV the picture is pixelated and the audio is terrible. So i would love to use the AVI file instead, but vegas wont give any visual at all, just audio from AVI format.

I did a quick search and did not find exactly what im wanting to know, I understand it may be a codec error, but im not sure where i can maybe download the codec needed or maybe it is something so different?.

Any help would be great.

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Old July 11th, 2008, 09:39 PM   #2
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How about trying the free Windows Media encoder?
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Old July 11th, 2008, 09:51 PM   #3
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Hi.

I just tried the WME and it says codecs are missing. Does not say which codecs. Im also pretty new to all this editing stuff, so im not sure exactly where to go for codecs.

I have just built my computer and have been using it now for 2 days. Im using Vista ultimate 64 Bit if maybe that is a problem with editing?.
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Old July 11th, 2008, 10:01 PM   #4
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Vista shouldn't be an issue...try doing a search, if you haven't, like this...

example: "Sony XYZ (model number) AVI issue" or "Sony XYZ (model number) converting avi files"

If I were you I would seek a forum for your specific camcorder...that is likely where you will find your answer...with people who have shared your problem...which are going to be people who use the same camcorder.

Good luck!
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Old July 11th, 2008, 11:42 PM   #5
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search for vista or xp codecs, they are free, come bundled together,
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Old July 12th, 2008, 12:31 AM   #6
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thank you all.

I just downloaded a vista 64 bit pack and vegas is nowing playing AVI files.
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Old July 12th, 2008, 12:35 AM   #7
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Glad you found a solution. I convert to .avi files all the time, and from .avi files...never had a problem with Vista 64 bit. Mine is slipstreamed version with SP1, only reason I can imagine mine dealt with them fine and yours didn't...but it doesn't matter, you've got it working.
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Old July 12th, 2008, 01:41 AM   #8
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Yeah it is strange. Maybe it just never downloaded all the updates it required.

Alot of people told me that 64 bit vista ultimate would be rubbish and id hate it. Been only 3 days, but i love it so far.
I am running my first time with dual cores and higher end video cards, plus going to have 8 Gigs of ram next week to really take advantage of the 64 bit.

I find vegas runs great on this new machine compared to my other single core, XP pro with 2 gigs ram.
Massive difference in power.
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Old July 12th, 2008, 06:42 AM   #9
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Glad you're enjoying Vista...I've criticized it in the past as being annoying, but it is very stable, in my experience. If you haven't tweaked it yet, make sure you do to get full advantage of your memory, hibernation, etc., takes up huge system resources in case you didn't know it yet.
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Old July 12th, 2008, 01:41 PM   #10
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I put a widget on the sidebar for CPU and Ram use. Even when it is idle, my vista is using around 811MB of Ram. My XP Pro normally sits at around 400-500MB Ram in use.
So its a huge resource hog. I think today will be when i tweak my system. First thing i did though was turned off that User account thing and it asked me if i was sure lol.
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BTW the most important setting to change for editing is the drive sleep modes, go into power management (you gotta dig around for the individual settings) and be sure to turn those off...turn everything off...enjoy.....
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