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Can't import high def footage

Posted: Sun, 5th Apr 2009, 7:18pm

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Venture

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I have Effectslab Pro, and can't import high def footage that I've exported from Premiere as Uncompressed Microsoft AVI. Upon loading the footage, I get the "Director Player Error- String expected. [#hack: #exit_lock_true]" error I've seen in other posts.

Standard def footage exported from Premiere works OK.

I've done all the steps in the Clean Reinstall topic (uninstalled, deleted folders, made sure I have latest Quicktime and DirectX, etc.), and the error persists.

Because standard def works fine, I assume it is probably a setting I'm using upon export from Premiere. I've tried a few different settings, though, all with the same error.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.
Posted: Sun, 5th Apr 2009, 7:40pm

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Venture

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To clarify, when I say "import", I mean start a new project, and selecting the high def clip as the starting footage.
Posted: Mon, 6th Apr 2009, 6:09am

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Axeman

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If you start a new project with a blank timeline, then import the footage, does it work?

If you could, try exporting as an uncompressed .mov file and see if that works.
Posted: Tue, 7th Apr 2009, 11:05pm

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Venture

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Thank you for the reply. I get the same error when starting with a blank timeline, and importing. When I export from premiere as a .mov, and then import, I don't get the error, but where the footage would be in EffectsLab I see a blank white canvas.
Posted: Tue, 7th Apr 2009, 11:06pm

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Are you sure that you have the latest Quicktime and DirectX installed on your system?
Posted: Tue, 7th Apr 2009, 11:17pm

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OK, I think I just figured this out, or at least I got it working. The default uncompressed setting in Premiere was exporting at 10 bit YUV. I stumbled upon a post in the forums here that mentioned that VisionLab only works with 8 bit, so I took a guess that might be the case with EffectsLab. I switched the export to 8 bit YUV, and now it works. Thanks for taking a shot at helping me, Axeman. Much appreciated.
Posted: Wed, 8th Apr 2009, 2:19am

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Axeman

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Sure thing, glad you got it figured out. I'll try to remember the 8 bit/10 bit issue in case this comes up again in the future.