I'm very much a n00b at video editing, so this might be a "well, duh..." question. I have tried to find info in the manual, and I've searched these forums as best I could, but the answer still illudes me.
I use a Sony HDD SR-11 HandyCam, which shoots standard def in mpeg-2. When I try to import one of these files into a project I'm asked to select a frame rate. The Problem is that I can't tell what the frame rate is, and there are no settings on my camera to specify the frame rate of the video. So when I add the file to be imported it shows up in the red fonts, and says "unown" under frame rate. And of course it will fail to import. I've tried all of the frame rate choices and no joy.
What am I doing wrong? What could I do to import these files? Is their an app I could use that could tell me the frame rate of the mpg files, or convert them to a frame rate that can be selected in Lightworks?
Im running Windows XP, 2.6 GHZ Intell, 500MB RAM (yes I know that is not sufficient ram but I dont think that is the crux of this problem). I'd be happy to provide whatever other information, and screen shots.
Thanks Max, I'll check out that app when I get home. I plan on trying HandBrake to convert the mpeg and FPS to something more acceptable for Lightworks, like .MOV at 30fps.
I'm not really interested in editing HD just yet, so I can wait. I have a very simple goal, I just want to record live music with the handycam, strip the audio, and replace it with a seperate higher quality recording of the event, and sync 'em up. Perhaps I'm trying to use a bulldozer for a shovel's job!