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Newbie: PrE 10 Clips will not play (preview) in Monitor

Dec 6, 2012 12:03 PM

Tags: #problem #help #windows_7 #10 #clips #premiere_elements #pre10

I am, I guess, a newbie, as I have not used Premiere at all since v.6 and am mostly familiar with iMovie, Win Movie Maker, and Corel Video Pro. 


I am using PrE10 on Windows 7 computer with 3 GB RAM and three recently defragged or formatted drives with at least 200GB free space. 

I am using clips brought into Organizer as MOV files, and the project settings were appropriately adjusted to DV Standard.  The clips play fine in Organizer. 

In PrE, clicking on the Play button does not "play" the clip, does not show to be working (spinning circle) and doesn't flip back to the Pause button, which can be clicked to return (that is, nothing appears to be frozen). 

Dobuble-clicking on the media thumbnail will launch the preview window, play can be clicked, but nothing happens. 


I am SURE I am missing a step.  Can anyone tell me what that step might be?

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    Dec 6, 2012 12:24 PM   in reply to KateSchw

    1st, what version of Quicktime do you have installed?

    Quicktime errors

    Quicktime X does NOT work



    2nd, 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

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    Dec 7, 2012 10:55 AM   in reply to KateSchw

    It depends on where these AVIs came from and what codec they're using.


    Video captured from a miniDV camcorder, whether it's DV-AVI or DV-MOV, works interchangeably in Premiere Elements.


    AVIs from, say, still cameras can be problems though. And converting them with Quicktime Pro would be a good idea.

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    Jan 1, 2013 8:19 AM   in reply to KateSchw

    It was odd that the previews worked in the Organizer and not in PrE

    There is a major difference between playback in the Organizer (or Source Monitor), and playback from the Timeline. In Organizer, one is using a simple video player, to play the file from the system's HDD, where with playback from the Timeline, they are playing back the files, prepared for editing, and those two operations are very, very different. John T. Smith goes into some of those differences in this article:


    To the user, the differences are not seen - things appear to be the same, but "under the hood," they are very different.


    Glad that you found the solution, and are up and editing.


    Good luck,



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