I had avi files put on an external hard drive. When I go to import into FCP, if I put the import on Show all files the AVI files are not greyed out. When I "choose" the avi file FCP says that
"i file, 0 access denied, 1 unknown" How do I import this file?
Through any compression software. You should invest in some.
However, "Compressor" comes with FCP and should do the job for you.
Also, QT pro will export it to another format if you can open and read the AVI on your system.
After Effects will also do it for you.