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Error generating movie Adobe Premiere Elements 11

Nov 24, 2012 12:16 PM

Tags: #error #adobe #premiere #elements #11 #movie #compiling


I recently upgraded from Adobe Premiere Elements 8 to 11 (11.0).

My system is Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit, running on Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.5 GHz, 4GB Ram, with 75GB free diskspace.

My input movies are AVCHD 1440x1080 25i video's (MTS files).

Everything is running fine. Editing goes smoothly (even smoother than when I was still using PE8). So in that sense I'm very satisfied and I think my system can handle it well. It doesn't seem to run out of memory, etc.


However, now I want to generate the output movie. The movie is about 10 minutes long and has some music and transitions under it. Previewing the movie goes fine.

I've tried uploading it to Youtube (HD 1440x1080 file). The progress monitor stays at 0% for 5 minutes and then suddenly goes 2 100% in a few seconds and afterwards starts to upload the movie. However, the movie that's actually uploaded contained only the first 4 seconds of the video. When I tried again, it was about 14 sec.


So, then I tried generating movies locally on the PC. I tried:

Adobe Flash HD 720p.

MPEG2 HDTV 1080i 25

MPEG2 PAL DVD Widescreen

and some other formats (can't exactly remember which).


All of them ended with errors: "Error compiling movie", with cause unknown.


So, I haven't been able to generate any movie and I can't find out why it fails.


Any recommendations?




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    Nov 24, 2012 1:03 PM   in reply to Mich165



    Perhaps this article will help with Error Compiling Movie:


    Good luck,



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    Nov 24, 2012 1:08 PM   in reply to Mich165

    >75GB free diskspace


    Does that mean you only have one hard drive?


    You really should have two hard drives for video editing, since PreEl needs a LOT of space for various work files

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    Nov 24, 2012 4:41 PM   in reply to Mich165

    "Multiplexing failed".

    OK, that might well point to John T. Smith's comment on the available free-space on your HDD.


    While that 75GB is within my recommended range for free-space (about 2x what some recommend), let's look first at free-space.


    When on normally gets a measurement of their free-space, they are not doing much of anything else. If one has their Windows Virtual Memory (Page File) set to be dynamically managed, then when the OS needs to use Virtual Memory, that Page File will expand (diminishing free-space).


    Now to "Multiplexing." When one is creating a muxed file (Multiplexed), with both a Video & an Audio Stream, all in one AV file, first the Video segment is created, then Audio segment is created (two separate files), along with two other tiny files, to be used in the next step. Then, those two files are combined, and the segments, plus the "helper files" are deleted. However, at one time, there is the three files - the Audio Stream, the Video Stream, and then the muxed file. That requires a lot of HDD real estate, and especially if the Page File is expanded, to account for that process. The Multiplexing is also used, when one authors a DVD, as the Multiplexed MPEG-2 is created, then there are working files created, to package, and span those through the VOB files.


    Those processes can account for a lot of HDD space, and PrE wants it to be defragmented free-space.


    Especially if your Windows Virtual Memory is dynamcially managed, expanding and contracting, per the need, then John T. might well be onto something there. Also, if you have not defragmented you HDD recently, that would be another step.


    So, the first question is: how is your Windows Virtual Memory (Page File) managed - dynamically, or statically?

    Next, have you defragmented you HDD recently? I do so, after each editing session.


    Good luck,



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    Nov 25, 2012 8:19 AM   in reply to Mich165

    With a 32-bit OS, the Page File will see a lot of work, and the dynamic management of the Page File does take some CPU cycles, as it expands, and shrinks, anticipating the computing needs.


    Especially with video-editing, a statically managed (built at bootup) Page File, several things come into play:


    This depends on many factors, such as which HDD the Page File is located on, what is already on that HDD, etc., but with a statically managed Page File, it will be built at bootup, before other programs start using that HDD, so will be contiguous, and not prone to being fragmented. I create my static Page File, when the computer is brand new, before I load any programs. That places it near the outside of the disc, which is quicker to read/write. With a partially full HDD, you do not have that choice, and it will be built where there is free-space.

    A statically managed Page File only takes CPU at bootup, before one begins any work on the computer, and then it just sits, ready for reads/writes.

    With a 32-bit OS, I like having a Page File that is about 2.5x the installed RAM, so ~ 10GB in size. With 64-bit OS's, and plenty RAM, that 2.5 factor is overkill, so one can usually safely back that size down to about 1 - 1.5x the installed RAM. The more RAM, the lower the factor can go.


    Those are just a few considerations for a Page File.


    Good luck,



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    Nov 26, 2012 11:54 AM   in reply to Mich165

    These are not specifically for PreElements, but since other Adobe products have the same "core" in many instances, worth reading


    As well as the below, right click the program icon and select Run as Administrator, which is NOT the same thing as running the computer with the Administrator account, and which fixes several "odd" problems... To create a two layer DVD (or a BluRay?), you MUST have Encore set to use the Run as Administrator option


    Run as Administrator


    Odd Errors


    Long File Names or odd characters cause problems


    And #4

    And This Message Thread


    Things and Software to AVOID when authoring/burning a DVD... says Encore, but also applies to Premiere Elements and disc burning


    Start -->

    #2 has WHY Explained



    Create an ISO (Encore) or folder on your hard drive (Encore or Premiere Elements) and then use the FREE to write files or folders or ISO to disc for DVD or BluRay (send the author a PayPal donation if you like his program)


    Imgburn will read the ACTUAL disc brand from the disc, which is not always the same as the box label (Memorex is notorious for buying "anything" and putting it inside a Memorex box)


    When you write to disc with Imgburn, use the SLOWEST possible speed setting, so your burner has the best chance to create "good, well formed" laser burn holes... since no DVD player is required to read a burned disc, having a "good" one from a high quality blank will help


    Use Taiyo Yuden single layer or Verbatim Two layer Or Falcon Pro for inkjet printable Two layer

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    Dec 13, 2012 11:31 AM   in reply to Mich165

    Hey Mich,


    Unfortunately I'm experiencing the exact same kind of problems; did you solve them somehow?


    I'm also running a win7 32bits, two hard drives with tons of space, big continuous page file, etc.


    My bet is that PE just run out of memory.. I ended up removing all preview files and rebooting before exporting anything, seemed to help a bit at times.

    Sometimes it works to just try again after it failed, and noticed that the success rate were bigger when using QT output files. I even ended up exporting in uncompressed AVI, huge files, but at least it did work for some HD projects i couldn't even export on DVD, and could compress them afterwards with another tool.


    This is just a bunch of silly problems, I'm extremely disapointed of the very poor stability of PE11 and the totally useless error messages.

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