I am new to adobe after effects and my first problem seems to be importing a video. I have attempted to import videos from a FlipVideo camera and a Samsung DV. After giving up on the flipvideos I moved on to the Samsung. The videos from this camera are AVI and I believe should play, but the After Effects program seems to be reading them only as a still image. I am in the process of thinking about purchasing the QuickTime Pro, but would rather not take the chance before hearing others opinions on my situation. Any help would be grand. Thanks
You're not supposed to import the files from your camera (That's called capturing footage). You need to capture your footage from your camera with a capturing program like Adobe Premire Pro or even Microsoft Movie Maker if you use windows.
After effects imports files that already exist on your hard drive, I've never heard of anyone importing from a camera or other device.