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Apr 11, 2012 10:17 AM

I am about 25% into a project (my son's wedding).  Following the recent purchase of Steve Grisetti's excellent book, "The Muvipix Guide to Pr. Elemnts" I am now a little confused regarding the video file format to use.  Most of the clips saved to my PC from my Camcorder (Panasonic SDR-S15)  appear as MOV.MOD files, some as MPEG and one as a WMV file.


When I first started this project (my first with Pr.El 7.0) I didn't realise the importance of using the best format so simply imported the files as they were.


My question therefore is can I use all of these without having to convert to say AVI files.

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    Apr 11, 2012 11:08 AM   in reply to rode40

    Glad you're finding the book helpful, rode!


    Your camcorder shoots in standard def and saves your files as MPGs. Your video from this cam should not be in any other format.


    Make sure that when you start your Premiere Elements project, you select the option for Hard Disk Camcorder/standard definition.


    Then plug your camcorder into your computer with a USB plug and use Premiere Elements' Get Media/from Flip, AVCHD and Hard Disk Camcorder tool to import the files from the camcorder to your computer and your project.


    Don't capture the video using any other software (such as Windows MovieMaker) or you'll have problems using it in Premiere Elements.

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    Apr 11, 2012 11:10 AM   in reply to rode40

    PrE does not do a good job with many mixed format/CODEC Projects.


    If you are doing an SD Project, for say delivery via DVD-Video, I would convert all formats to DV-AVI for the ultimate editing experience.


    However, if you have a majority of material, in one particular format/CODEC, especially if you are doing an HD Project, for say delivery via BD (Blu-ray Disc), then I would settle on using a Preset for that material, and converting the rest to that format, or as close, as is possible.


    One can mix some formats/CODEC's, but the less of that, the better. The closer those files are to each other, the fewer potential problems down the road.


    Good luck,



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    Apr 19, 2012 12:11 PM   in reply to rode40

    >Are the clips on my PC


    Read Bill Hunt on a file type as WRAPPER
    What is a CODEC... a Primer
    What CODEC is INSIDE that file?
    Report back with the codec details of your file, use the programs below... a screen

    shot works well to SHOW people what you are doing
    For PC or
    . n-render-

    If you have a red line over the timeline after importing a video and before adding any

    effects... your project is wrong for your video... read above about codecs
    Once you know exactly what it is you are editing, report back with that information...

    and your project setting, and if there is a red line above the video in the timeline,

    which indicates a mismatch between video and project


    >correct settings for my current project


    See above about red line over the timeline... NO red line = correct setting

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    Apr 20, 2012 4:48 AM   in reply to rode40

    Your screenshots don't show up in this topic. If you browse the Tips & Tricks sub-forum Bill has written an article on taking, annotating and posting screenshots.


    PRE performs best when its project setting matches the clips you have. Some other products suggest you set a project setting matching output format - do NOT do this.


    To create the project as Steve suggests in Reply 1:

    • Open Premiere Elements.
    • Select File> New> Project.


    • Click 'Change Settings'.


    • Pick the Hard Disk option Steve described (use PAL rather than NTSC if your TV systems are PAL).



    If you now put your clips onto the project timeline they should not show any red lines until you start working with them (e.g. adding titles, transitions, effects).





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    Apr 20, 2012 7:15 AM   in reply to rode40

    For others, here is the link to Screenshots - a Photoshop Workflow.


    Personally, I like doing a Save_As PNG, as there is no compression, so not artifacts. As with screen-shots, we are often trying to read small text, having things sharp will be appreciated, and especially with people having "tired, old eyes," like me.


    I also like to Crop the screen-caps, to just the important areas of the screen, as that gives the viewer a slightly larger image (when you click on it) to view. Just like Neale did above, I use rather bright colors for annotations, and also try to use colors that are not common in the screen-cap, so I use a bright lime green, and a bright orange, or red.


    Good luck,



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    Apr 27, 2012 1:02 PM   in reply to rode40

    Actually, you want to have Gspot analyze your video file for information about that file

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