According to Adobe official website, Adobe Premiere Elements does import AVI files. However, in some cases, you can't import an AVI file to Premiere Elements (even the latest Pre 13) successfully. Error messages include "Unsupported audio rate in file" or "This type of file is not supported, or the required codec is not installed." would occur. In fact, there are various video and audio codecs (DivX, Xvid, 3ivx, and so on) for AVIs, only a few (example DV-AVI) of which are supported in Premiere Elements.
In order for Premiere Elements 13/12/11/10 to import an AVI file, the codec that a particular file uses must be installed on the computer. However, installing a codec doesn't necessarily resolve problems in Adobe Premiere Elements that occur when you import or play files created with that codec. The technical requirements for editing video files are more stringent than the requirements for playing video files. If your operating system has all the necessary codecs installed, but you still cannot open the file, try converting your AVI files to another file format(e.g. .mov, .wmv, .mpg) and then opening the converted AVI clip in Premiere Elements.
To finish the task, you can adopt this professional yet easy-to-use video converter - EaseFab Video Converter for help. This video app can help you change AVI into Premiere Elements supported file format with least quality loss. By running it, there's no need to set the codec yourself, the program has optimized presets for Adobe Premiere Elements. After the conversion, you should then be able to import the new file into Premiere Elements with smooth editing without any trouble.
If you're using a Mac, simply turn to EaseFab Video Converter for Mac, which allows you to make AVI files compatible with Premiere Elements 13/12/11/10 on Mac OS X (including 10.10 Yosemite and 10.9 Mavericks). Now download the right version and follow the tips below to finish your task.
This quick start guide takes Video Converter Windows version screenshots as an example. The method to encode AVI to Premiere Elements on Mac is the same. All that you should take care is to download the right version according to your situation.
Step 1. Import AVI files to the program
After the program installed you will come to an impressive interface. Now add your AVI video files. Two options:
1. Drag and drop the AVI file to left item tray directly.
2. Click "Add Video" to add AVI files.
Batch conversion is available here, so you are allowed to import several files at one time.
Step 2. Choose the output format
For the next step, you'll have to choose an output format for your .avi video file. The program has three already optimized the video settings for Adobe Premiere Elements. You can select MOV (Entitled Premiere), WMV or MPEG-2 from "Editing Software" as the output format. Here we recommend you choose MPEG-2 which can help you keep the original quality of AVI video and seamlessly fit Adobe Premiere Elements 13/12/11/10.
Step 3. Start converting AVI to Premiere Elements
You should be ready to start conversion at this point. Just click on the Convert button that can be found on the menu. Wait for a while and the video converter will do the trick. You will soon have your .avi video into a format that's recognizable and editable by Adobe Premiere Elements 13/12/11/10 - the .MPG format.