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Premiere Elements 8 projects setting

Dec 11, 2012 5:08 AM

Trying to edit video in Premiere Elements 8 that is an AVI produced recording laptop screen with Camstudio (codec is DIVX). I have saved the video in MP4 format using H264 compressor since this format will be the one I use for videos imported from camcorder. When I compare the quality of the AVI video with the MP4 there is an evident loss of quality in the MP4. Tried different setting in the "share" section, same codec different bitrate, different codecs and different video size all with no improvement. Also tried different codec to record screen with same result. Reading around it seems that the project setting when opening a new project greatly affect the end result. Problem is I don't know wich setting would be the best for my video. Anyone ready to help?

Video spec:

container: AVI

codec: DIVX (neme: DivX 4 -open DivX)

pic size: 1366 x 768

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    Dec 11, 2012 5:30 AM   in reply to peak3lords

    Unfortunately, version 8 will not edit Divx (which virtually no editor does edit) or MP4. So converting wasn't much help.


    You don't say how you plan to share this finished video  -- DVD or BluRay, online, YouTube, on an iPad or iPod, etc. -- but that would determine the best format to convert to.


    The easiest solution is to convert your Divx file to a DV-AVI, per the FAQs to the right of this forum.


    This will turn your hi-def video into standard definition video, but at least you'll be able to edit it in version 8. And, depending on how you plan to share your finished video and how powerful your computer hardware is, might be the best workflow anyway.

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    Dec 11, 2012 8:50 AM   in reply to peak3lords

    As Steve correctly points out, PrE can very seldom use either the DivX, or the Xvid CODEC's (the latter is the Open Source version of the Commercial DivX CODEC).


    This article goes into more detail on producing and editing material from CamStudio, Camtasia or FRAPS, in Premiere, and might be helpful:


    Good luck, and if CamStudio can output with other CODEC's, like the DV-AVI, that Steve mentions (for SD Video), then that would save having to convert. The use of DivX will result in very heavily-compressed, delivery-only files, so if you can output from CamStudio, with a CODEC, that PrE can use, then your quality will be much higher. I only use DivX/Xvid for delivery, as they are good for streaming Video, but not for editing.



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    Dec 12, 2012 6:21 AM   in reply to peak3lords

    Because the video capture is from a computer monitor, the Frame Size is going to be a limitation in PrE (even up through PrE 11), since it offers only standard video Frame Sizes. PrPro offers a Custom Project Preset, where the Frame Size, and non-standard Frame Rates can be chosen to match the Source Files (no Scaling, etc.).


    Camtasia uses the TechSmith CODEC's, and when properly installed, can be used by PrPro (and I think PrE), but it is not freeware. Jeff Bellune, who provides a lot of info in that article on Camtasia/CamStudio, that I linked to, uses Camtasia and PrPro for all of his tutorials, seen on That workflow is also used by Adobe in the Video2Brain training series, and for some AdobeTV tutorials, so you can judge the quality from those tutorials.


    The limitations of PrE will mainly be the differences between the Frame Sizes, and possibly the Frame Rate, from a video capture program, and then possibly the CODEC's used. For some more reading on CODEC's, see this FAQ Entry:


    Good luck,



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