moving to the Premiere Elements forum.
The Lumix Bridge is a multi-format camera that shoots video in a number of different formats and resolutions. Matching your project settings to your source format is vital to optimum performance of the program as well as getting the best quality video.
You don't say what format you're shooting your video in, but you should ideally be shooting in HD 1920x1080 50i or 60i. (Do not shoot in 50p or 60p if you plant to edit in Premiere Elements.)
Then start a Premiere Elements project using the settings for AVCHD 1920x1080 stereo.
When your project settings match your source video, you will NOT see red lines above your clips when you add them to your timeline.
Then, if you plan to output to YouTube and you want the highest hi-def quality, use these settings, per the FAQs forum to the right of this forum.
Of course, your editing performance is also related to your system hardware. So, if you plan to edit AVCHD, you should, per my book, have a minimum quad core or i7 processor with 4 gigs of RAM for best performance.
Thanks Steve. I'm not sure what resolution I'm shooting in, actually. However, the thing is that when I make these compilations, I like to go back to source videos I've made in the past sometimes. Sometimes these videos come from a Canon camera, and sometimes they even come from my Samsung mobile telephone. I like being able to creatively combine historic moments, and these moments might have been recorded without any intention at the time of making a compilation video. Is it not possible to combine several kinds of video sources?
I'm uploading an example of a compilation with mixed source videos from various kinds of cameras. It's 710 Megs so it will take a while, but when it's finished you will be able to see it at http://youtu.be/CslpULRe4LU.
I opened up the file for the compilation of the four girls on the beam (video posted in original message), and I do indeed see those red lines in the timeline. Is there anything I can do now about that, or do I have to start the project all over?
I'm confused about the processor requirements. Even if I can see my video perfectly in PE 9, the actual export process will be affected if my system is not up to par? If so, that's a bit disappointing! I'm not sure what my processor details are, but I will find out and let you know.
PrE does not handle mixed sources in a single Project very well.
The ideal would be to either edit each source in its own Project, then Export/Share to a format that will match the bulk of the material, or to convert those other source files, to match, as closely, as is possible, the bulk of the video. Then, you can combine the other footage in the one larger Project.
Having a match, between the source files and the Project Preset, as Steve points out, is essential to not having problems, and to get the best output.
As for the CPU, that will not affect quality, but WILL affect how smoothly the editing goes, and also how smoothly the Timeline plays back. I agree with Steve on having an i7 (ideally) CPU, when dealing with any H.264 CODEC material, such as AVCHD.
If one matches everything properly, then editing will be easier, and output will be the best possible.
With Premiere Elements 9, it's vital that your project settings match your source video in order to get the best performance and quality. This is why we highly recommend mixing sources (a still camera, a camcorder, a phone) in the same project: It's impossible for all video sources to share the same project settings.
If you follow the instructions in my first post, you should get excellent quality and performance. Do a test project and you'll see.
But mixing sources and not matching your project specs to your source video will definitely cause the problems you're experiencing.
Thanks very much. I've run a few tests and can't seem to avoid the infamous red line in the timeline. I see that my source videos are 480 x 848. I don't see those dimensions as an option in opening a new project. Is this a problem?
No. That setting is not available.
Have you tried to work with the 1920x1080i footage from your Lumix using the project settings I suggested?
Unfortunately I do not see any way of changing the settings on my Lumix. It's from 2009; I hope that's not too old.
My goal is not, of course, to make high-definition videos that will be beautifiul on a large screen TV. I just want to maintain the same medium quality that I start with.
And above all, I'd like to be able to use existing footage because I obviously can't go back and refilm all these old scenes. What can PrE 9 do with my existing 480 x 848 source videos? Surely the answer is not "just poor-quality videos."
I am beginning to wonder if PrE 9 is right for creative amateurs like myself. I'm certainly not looking to make a career out of this, nor do I want to invest in expensive camera equipment; I just want to make nice medium-quality compilation videos with the medium-quality sources I have available. I love the creative features of PrE 9, and I master them pretty well. Surely there is a way to make this work with my existing videos....
Maybe you haven't got the camera I thought you had. This is what comes up when I do a search on Lumix Bridge.
If you have another camera, please provide the model number so that we can see its specs.
It's a Lumix DMC-FZ28
From this review:
The new DMC-FZ28 even records dynamic HD motion pictures in 1280 x 720p at a smooth 30 fps, in addition to WVGA (848 x 480) and normal VGA (640 x 480)***.
So it sounds as though your current setting is WVGA which PRE will not handle well. For the future I suggest you switch to the 1280x720p mode. PRE should handle that with either the DSLR 720p or the HDV 720p project setting.
For your existing clips the camera probably came with software that can be used to edit the video. To start with (assuming it did) load your WVGA clips into it and see if it has any 'save', 'export', 'output', 'share', 'convert', or similarly sounding names that may create a file more suitable for PRE.
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