Your computer is not nearly powerful enough to edit AVCHD video.
Which version of Premiere Elements are yo using?
I agree with Steve. With highly-compressed HD material, I recommend an i7 CPU, but some have been able to get by with a very fast Quad-core. A Core-Duo will likely struggle with almost any HD material.
Sorry for the bad news,
PS - the reason that the footage looks OK in the Source Monitor, or via a software player, like WMP, is that they are accessing the original file, and are only playing it back. When one goes to edit, that material must be decoded on the fly, and that takes many, many CPU cycles to accomplish - playing vs editing are two totally different situations.
it is elements 10. thanks for letting me know- so essentially i need to upgrade processor?
Yes. Although making sure your project settings match your video specs might help.
When you started your Premiere Elements project, which settings did you select?
What project settings are listed under your Edit menu?
Thanks for your reply- I think the project settings match:
Editing Mode- HDV 1080i
Time base - 25.00 frames /sec
frame size - 1440 x 1080
pixel aspect ration - HD anamorphic 1080 (1.333)
Fields - Upper field first
display format - 25fps timecode
Under VIDEO RENDER
file format - I-Frame only MPEG
Compression MPEG I-Frame
I remember ticking 'match project' when asked at start if this is related to these settings.
Your project specs don't match your video even remotely.
Try starting a new project set up for Full AVCHD 1920x1080 stereo and see if video in that project plays more smoothly.
thanks- i created a new project with settings PAL-AVCH-Full HD 1080i 25 and stil the same issue. So I guess will be upgrading to fix this....
1 person found this helpful
Do some reading in the Hardware forum... mostly for Premiere Pro, but you will get some good ideas
For editing AVCHD, you need an i7 CPU with 16Gig ram (64bit Windows and PreElements) and MINIMUM 2 hard drives
Buy a Desktop Video Editing PC
-ADK Kudos http://forums.adobe.com/thread/877201
Build a Desktop Video Editing PC
Laptop Video Editing PC http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1069742