Adobe Premiere: File uses an unsupported compression format

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I have a file which I can play with ‘Windows Media Player’. I want to convert this file so that I can play it with Premiere 6.5 AVI files. Whenever I tried to play the file in Premiere, I got the hereby shown message,

Unable to open that file.

Unable to open that file.

File uses an unsupported compression format.

File path: D:AVI2007_10070139.AVI

What I should do now? Please help.

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Adobe Premiere: File uses an unsupported compression format


Wassup James, I believe I can help you with this question. The most probable cause of this is that the premiere doesn't have the compression format or the file extension. What you need to do in this case is the following;

Change the file extension- Before importing the file, you need to change the file extension name from '.avi' to '.mpg'. This will make Adobe premiere use a different, more tolerant importer which may accept the file as valid.

change File Extension

You will need to transcode the file, convert the file from one encoding scheme to a different one. Also try using a different program to open the file. eg Video LAN Converter (VLC) player, Apple Quicktime player, Windows media player. If the file opens, save it in a different format (e.g. mov, wav)

Adobe Media Encoder

You can now be able to import the new file into premiere and it will work.

Import Files

I hope this solves your query.


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