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    Default Vegas HD 11 can't import (*.avi)

    Vegas HD 11 will not import any (*.avi) file. I'm reading that this is a pretty common problem. Is this a codec issue?

    If so, are there some known codec packages that I could download? I also heard that there is an option within Vegas where you can tell it to use "3rd party codecs" to fix the problem, but I can't seem to find that option anywhere....Can anyone clarify this?

    Thanks for any help.

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    The sort of .avi needs to be determined. If you use Gspot to see what codec is needed for the video file.

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    And beware of installing codec packages as there have been far too many reports of these screwing things up elsewhere on the PC.


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    Here is a screenshot of what Gspot is showing me for these particular *.avi:

    It looks like it's telling me that I have the correct codec....? I started looking for the "h264" codec anyways, but holy cow, a Google search turned up so many websites and options out there for codecs....I have no idea which to trust.

    To give you an idea of the video that I am trying to use, here is a link to some of the culprits:
    electricsheep-flock-244-55000-7 : Scott Draves and the Electric Sheep : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

    They are just small 5 second long clips. They are free to download if you want to test them yourself in Gspot and/or Vegas.

    Two people seemed to have a similar problem, and were discussing the problem here (with one of them who seems to have the answer along with a link to some codec downloads):
    Internet Archive Forums: cannot import electricsheep cinepack adobe premiere pro

    This is driving me nuts because I don't want to have to convert all these files. I have like a thousand of them, plus, all conversion that I've done on a handful so far has made them look like crap...
    Last edited by Syle; 01-05-2012 at 01:02 PM.

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    Have you got a recent version of Quicktime installed on your computer.

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    Yes, I do.

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    In that case I'm sorry I don't know why it won't play. If Gspot says you have the codec it could be an old version but I doubt that's the problem. I'm not a codec expert (who is) As a work around for this prolem download the .mp4 version of the file. It plays on my version of Vegas.

    Sorry I can't be any more help.

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