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    Default Importing AVI into Vegas.

    Ok I have a HDR FX7 camrcorder and have no problems importing the AVI file into Sony Vegas.

    I have purchased an underwater camcorder (the DVR 850W) which is also an AVI file. My problem is when I import the file into Vegas there is only audio and no video!

    The AVI file from my HDR FX7 has audio and video, I dont understand why there is only audio with my other camcorder.

    Can anybody work this one out?

    Cheers

    Steven

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    AVI isn't the whole story. It's a wrapper for audio and video strams which have been compressed using a variety of codecs. Whilst files from both cams are avis, they presumably use different codecs.
    Download GSpot (free) and see what that says, particularly in the top left of the screen, for each file.
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    Thank you for your reply Tim.

    I did what you suggested, it seems the codec is XVID. I installed the xvid codecs but it still isnt showing video.

    BUT the strange thing about all this is, I decided to import the AVI file into windows movie maker and when I imported it, the video and the audio was there!

    Could it be something to do with Sony Vegas?

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    Some people do indeed experience problems getting Xvid to work with Vegas. It's not something I've ever tried, but search this and other forums and you will see people with similar problems.
    I'm not sure, but I've a feeling the general solution was to connvert the XVid avi to something elase using maybe "Super".
    You'd do well to do this anyway as Xvid is not really a format best suited for editing. It's great for delivery (especially to the Web) but not really for editing.
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    If I were to convert the AVI files into say MPEG, would I lose quality?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TWIY View Post
    If I were to convert the AVI files into say MPEG, would I lose quality?
    As opposed to the high quality black that you have now
    (Sorry, I couldn't resist)
    I can't help further as all my stuff is SD. I'm only able to report what I've done so far which is that you are not alone andone solutio is to convert.

    You'll have to wait for others to respond I'm afraid.
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    Yeah, I will have to stick with converting, at least it works that way.

    Thanks for your help again, you always find a solution!

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    I think if your converting from .avi (xvid) your not going to loose to much image quality if you keep the bit rate high. One other thing, did the DVR850W come with a CD with any software on it, may be something on there could help. OR maybe something on there that need uninstalling.

    Xvid seemed like an unusual codec to use for a manufacture so I looked on the Vivitar website which says the file format is mpg4 but in the manual it says it's .avi format. So I just confused. Sorry I can't help more.

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