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Joining AVCHD clips into a simple MPEG output file

May 23, 2013 3:02 PM

I'm using PE 10 and just tried joining AVCHD 5 clips using the Instant Movie sequence. I saved it as a file for use on a computer. It took nearly an hour to render the file and when it was done, I emded up with an F4V file which requires conversion to something else to view it  or to be able to email the file to others and have them view the movie.   Is there any way in PE to create a simple MPEG or AVI output file?


I don't want to create fancy Projects, just want to be able to merge a sequence of files so anyone with a simple PC or Apple computer can watch the home videos.

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    May 23, 2013 3:16 PM   in reply to Fred39OB

    The Flash choice was probably the default for Share in PrE 10. When you choose Share to Computer, you have several options, BUT some appear farther down the list, and the scroll bar is not all that obvious. Look to the far-right of the Share Panel, and scroll. Then, you will see MPEG, AVI and other options. Choose the one that you want, and adjust it, as needed.


    Good luck,



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    May 23, 2013 3:26 PM   in reply to Fred39OB



    From what you wrote it looks like you stopped at Adobe Flash Video at the top of the list for Share/Computer in your Premiere Elements 10.


    Have you scrolled down that list to see categories for MPEG, AVCHD, AVI, Windows Media, QuickTime? For each of those choices, the presets should have Advanced Button and Video and Audio Tab for further export settings.


    For your consideration...

    Share/Computer/AVCHD and MP4 H.264 1920 x 1080p 30 or 25 depending on whether you are NTSC or PAL. That will give you an AVCHD.mp4 file

    Share/Computer/QuickTime with presets = NTSC or PAL DV 16:9 and the customizing your settings to a H.264 video codec and appropriate frame size, frame rate, etc. That will give you a file

    Lots of possibilities.


    Do you want to maintain the HD aspects (1920 x 1080) aspects of your project in the export or do you want to go SD widescreen 720 x 480 (NTSC) or 720 x 576 (PAL) each with a 16:9 flag to scretch the video for widescreen display after encoding.


    If you supply a bit more detail, we can suggest some settings for any of the routes that are interest. Note that the choices all come with little Adobe notes, such as recommended for playback on this or that.


    We will be watching for your follow up.





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    May 25, 2013 10:12 AM   in reply to Fred39OB



    Will your MP4 not play in Apple's QuickTime Player?


    Have you tried playing it in either VLC Player, or MediaPlayer Classic HC (both free)?


    As for the "Title Goes Here," perhaps this thread on Titles will be useful:


    Good luck,



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