The original video remains unchanged.
When you import or capture the video from your camcorder, it is saved to your computer's hard drive.
When you import it into a project, the edits, effects, etc., are part of the project. They have no effect on the original video.
Finally, the program uses all of the edits and effects to generate/render a final, finished video. But, again, the original video is not changed or affected in any way.
That's why computer-based video editing is called a non-destructive process.
Right click the PDF link in the upper right corner and select to save to your hard drive
-the page also has links to help pages for previous versions
Project Files http://forums.adobe.com/thread/477920?tstart=30
Timeline too long (orphans) http://forums.adobe.com/thread/652216?tstart=30
Premiere Elements Hang/Crash http://forums.adobe.com/thread/792580
Field Order Reversal = Flicker http://forums.adobe.com/thread/977951
Steve's Basic Training Tutorials http://forums.adobe.com/thread/537685
Premiere Elements Updates http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=101&platform=Windows
Hi all - I read most of the info in the second reply. I think my answer is that the video is stored as the original format that it comes off the camera from. I have footage from a AVCHD camera, (almost 200gb - keep buying cards!) and that will come off as that format and I also have over 50 tapes of DV video which will come off as that format. I also have almost 25 8mm tapes which if I am reading correctly I will have to convert to DV video. For now the most important thing for me is to get the video off the devices onto a hard drive (I bought a 2tb one which may not be enough!) and backed up probaly to another hard drive for now. I am on a mac so I will have to figure out how to use a blu-ray drive - seems like a good way for the alternate back-up
Thanks a bunch
AVCHD requires a STRONG computer to edit... for that codec with Windows, this is what I do http://forums.adobe.com/thread/652694
This is about Premere Pro, but the editing needs are similar for Prelements
This message has a really good graphic about requirements
CS5 Requirements http://forums.adobe.com/thread/810750
About Requirements http://forums.adobe.com/thread/618058
Disk Configurations http://forums.adobe.com/thread/878419
About digitizing old 8mm video...
Old forum discussion, message now gone, but here's the summary
Matt with Grass Valley Canopus in their tech support department stated that the model 110 will suffice for most hobbyist. If a person has a lot of tapes that were played often the tape stretches and the magnetic coding diminishes. If your goal is to encode tapes in good shape buy the 110, if you will be encoding old tapes of poor quality buy the model 300
Both the 110 and 300 are two way devices so you may output back to tape... if you don't need that, look at the model 55
http://www.grassvalley.com/products/advc55 One Way Only to Computer
http://www.grassvalley.com/products/advc110 for good tapes, or
http://www.grassvalley.com/products/advc300 better with OLD tapes