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  1. Multimedia storyteller bigass's Avatar
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    I picked up a RCA EZC209HD mini HD camcorder for a decent price, and now want to edit the video. The software bundled with the gadget is, as expected, entirely useless.

    As usual, I'm editing with Sony Vegas Pro 9.0c 64-bit.

    The recordings come up with this profile in MediaInfo:

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    General
    Complete name                    : I:\video-RCA cam raw\VID00002.AVI
    Format                           : AVI
    Format/Info                      : Audio Video Interleave
    File size                        : 18.8 MiB
    Duration                         : 35s 536ms
    Overall bit rate                 : 4 429 Kbps
    Movie name                       : EZ209
    Recorded date                    : 2008-01-08
    Writing application              : 2126
    Writing library                  : AMBA
    ICRT                             : 03:00:15
    
    Video
    ID                               : 0
    Format                           : AVC
    Format/Info                      : Advanced Video Codec
    Format profile                   : Main@L4.0
    Format settings, CABAC           : Yes
    Format settings, ReFrames        : 4 frames
    Format settings, GOP             : M=3, N=15
    Codec ID                         : H264
    Duration                         : 35s 536ms
    Bit rate mode                    : Variable
    Bit rate                         : 4 033 Kbps
    Maximum bit rate                 : 4 001 Kbps
    Width                            : 1 280 pixels
    Height                           : 720 pixels
    Display aspect ratio             : 16:9
    Frame rate                       : 29.970 fps
    Color space                      : YUV
    Chroma subsampling               : 4:2:0
    Bit depth                        : 8 bits
    Scan type                        : Progressive
    Bits/(Pixel*Frame)               : 0.146
    Stream size                      : 17.1 MiB (91%)
    
    Audio
    ID                               : 1
    Format                           : ADPCM
    Codec ID                         : 11
    Codec ID/Hint                    : Intel
    Duration                         : 34s 872ms
    Bit rate mode                    : Constant
    Bit rate                         : 384 Kbps
    Channel(s)                       : 2 channels
    Sampling rate                    : 48.0 KHz
    Bit depth                        : 4 bits
    Stream size                      : 1.63 MiB (9%)
    Interleave, duration             : 43 ms (1.28 video frame)
    When I drag the clips into Vegas, only the audio comes onto the timeline. Preview also plays just the audio. The explorer in Vegas says "Stream attributes could not be determined. H264."

    The videos play fine in WMP, MPC-HC, etc.

    So, I guess my options are:
    - do something to make the clips workable as-is within Vegas, or,
    - convert them to something Vegas can digest.

    Recommendations?
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  2. Try re-wrapping with tsmuxer into .m2ts container

    Try installing ffdshow, and enable h.264 in the VFW configuration

    Otherwise you can convert to a lossless intermediate for import (e.g. lagarith, huffyuv)
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    Thanks for the tips... here's my results:

    - TSMuxer doesn't take AVI as an input format, so that's a no-go. My clips are AVI.
    - FFDShow installed, but didn't make a difference in Vegas.

    Looks like converting to Lagarith might be my best option. I'm so far using Super for that, unless someone has a better suggestion. Lagarith for video, MP3 for audio I guess?

    I see someone with a similar problem on this thread: https://forum.videohelp.com/threads/302604-Creative-Vado-HD-AVI-%28H-264%29-Editing

    And similar thread around the net seem to end with "I installed the k-lite mega x64 codec pack and it works now!"

    Okay, I've been brought up to think codec packs are the devil. I don't think I want to go there.

    Any more ideas?
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    Success, tentatively!

    After learning that Vegas 9.0c uses VFW exclusively, and not having luck with ffdshow, I installed the 64-bit x264 vfw codec found at http://komisar.gin.by/ via the videohelp page at https://www.videohelp.com/tools/x264_Encoder

    Now showing video *and* audio on the timeline.

    Still have a hunch that this may not be the *best* solution, so any further ideas are welcome, of course.
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