Welcome to the forum.
What are the full specs. of those AVI files?
You list "secondary HDD's," but I am not sure what you full I/O sub-system is, and how you have the HDD's allocated. Can you elaborate?
For a general checklist of things to insure that PrE and the system are turned, see this ARTICLE. Also, it then goes into detail on tuning the system even more, plus the OS. Last, there are links for troubleshooting.
Thanks for the reply.
The AVI files range from 1 - 7 Gbytes. The are downloaded from a Cannon Optura 300.
I didn't do anything special, just read in the media using Elements file input.
I don't understand what you mean about the I/O subsytem. I just have a couple of 1 TB of SATA disks plugged into the mother board.
I've installed the software on the SSD, and I have all the media on the other disks.
In the meantime I will go through your Ariticle to make sure all is up to standards.
For those AVI's, what is the CODEC inside them? This ARTICLE will give you more info, plus tips on how to "peak inside" the AVI "wrapper."
Thank you for the info on the I/O, as that was exactly what I was asking. So you have an SSD for the OS and programs, and then a pair of 1TB SATA HDD's for Projects, media and the Projects' Scratch Disks. Is that correct?
Read Bill Hunt on a file type as WRAPPER http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037
What is a CODEC... a Primer http://forums.adobe.com/thread/546811
What CODEC is INSIDE that file? http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037
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
My 3 hard drives are configured as...
1 - 320Gig Boot for Win7 64bit Pro and all program installs
2 - 320Gig data for Win7 swap file and video project files
When I create a project on #2 drive, the various work files follow,
so my boot drive is not used for the media cache folder and files
3 - 1Terabyte data for all video files... input & output files (*)
(*) for 4 drives, drive 3 all source files & drive 4 all output files
Search Microsoft to find out how to redirect your Windows swap file
This ARTICLE might be helpful, when beginning the task of learning about CODEC's. It gets to the "meat" of the subject, but should not bore you too much with the esoterica of the subject. Also, rest assured that almost no one knows everything there is to know, about CODEC's - things change too quickly in the marketplace.
[Edit] Oops, John T., has already posted that link to the CODEC a Primer article - still, "I approve that message... "
Did you capture the video from this miniDV camcorder with Premiere Elements, over a FireWire connection?
If so, editing should fly on your system!
It could be that your hard drives are not properly set up, and that is affecting performance. Restart your computer and go into your computer's BIOS (press F1 or ESC or whatever it says on the logo screen, before Windows starts to boot up) and make sure your drives are set up properly in your BIOS as well as in your operating system.
I assume your project file is in a folder (not in the main directory!) on your second SATA drive, right?
And are you running version 10 64-bit of Premiere Elements on a 64-bit operating system?
Wow, I'm pretty overwhelmed with the "codec" tutorials, but I think I'm making progress...thanks for your info.
I think my disks are set up ok. (Not sure any other way to set them up)
My project is in a seperate folder.
I'm running Premiere Elements 8.0 on Windows 7 64 bit.
It looks like my Codec is H264/Mpeg-4 AVC. This is the file I am having trouble with. It was an analog video from my old camcorder.
Now that I've identified a problem file, what do I do with it? Is there an easy way to convert it to a file that Premiere likes, or do I try and find the Codecs?
Once I find them, is there a way to install them into Premiere?
Something is terribly wrong! You said your camcorder is a Canon Optura 300. The specs I've found online call this a tape-based miniDV camcorder.
Is that not right?
If you are capturing miniDV over a Firewire connection, you should NOT get H.264 video. You should get DV-AVIs, the ideal format for editing in Premiere Elements.
Am I misunderstanding something? Or are you not recording to tape? (The cam also shoots in DigiDV, which I recommend against. Shoot to your tape and capture your video over a FireWire connection and you should see amazing performance with this program!)
Very sorry for the confusion,
The inital problems I was having were in fact codec "dvsd". After following your instruction on how to tune my PC I am no longer having troubles with those AVI files.
The previous screenshot is from AVI's that wnet through a fairly tourtous path. They were originally recorded analog and converted to DVD using "VHS to DVD" software from honestech. I then converted them to AVI using "AVS video converter" They continue to be a problem.
Can you suggest a better way to get those analog video available for editing?
If this is the best way do you have any suggestions on how to convert them to a format that can be edited by Premiere?
Finally I have some other AVI files with the following Codec. "DIB (_RGB". See screenshot below.
Any ideas what to do with them? Is there a general strategy for unfamiliar Codecs?
Thanks again for your patience!
When I encounter a new/unknown CODEC, the first thing that I do is Google. In the case of "DIB (_RGB" I found a lot of discussions, but none with a lot of details - just people having issues with files, that G-Spot reports with that CODEC.
I would try MediaInfo, to see what it says about the files.
"AVI's were originally recorded analog and converted to DVD using "VHS to DVD" software from honestech. I then converted them to AVI using "AVS video converter"
Unless the AVS Video Converter includes the option to output DV video, I'd stay away from it. All you're doing is converting to a format that the program STILL can't work with without converting itself.
Does the AVS include the option to output 720x480 DV?
Though actually this is a pretty convoluted method to get your media anyway. Why not open a project set up for Hard Disk Camcorder 720x480 and then use the Premiere Elements Get Media tool to rip the video directly from the video into your project?
At least you'll save yourself a couple conversions. And, after you render your timeline, the DVD video should output a very nice DV-AVI using Share/Computer/AVI, and you can use this DV-AVI in the same project with video from your miniDV cam.
I just checked, and the AVS Converter does not have the DV output option, so it's probably not the best choice for converting your video.
If you still want to try converting, use one of these options at these settings.
But it might be just as easy to just go directly from DVD, as I described above.