What operating system are you running it on?
How fast is your processor and how much RAM do you have?
What model of camcorder is your video coming from and what format and resolution is it?
On an adequately powered machine (ie, at least twice the minimum requirements), you should not have this problem.
Core i7 920
6 GB RAM
ATI Radeon HD 5000 series
Not using camcorder. Imported video from mobile phone. HD format 720p
So this is not normal huh? The scaling should be smooth not choppy?
I've never seen it, and I'm working on a computer with less than half your power.
So I don't know what's up. I've only seen it on slower computers. So maybe it's a Windows 8 tune-up thing.
>Imported video from mobile phone
What kind of mobile phone, and what are the video details?
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
Also, there are known issues with iPhone video
Iphone won't easily edit http://forums.adobe.com/thread/881246
-and a fix http://forums.adobe.com/thread/934466
I think there is a bit of confusion about the issue I'm having as it is not related to video playback. The playback is fine, no stuttering. It's just that when I zoom in on the timeline (or zoom out), the screen drawback of the timeline flickers and hickups and sometimes gets frozen all together. Seems like a video card issue to me but I'm not for certain as my video card specs are decent, scored 6.7 on the Windows Experience Index. Is this an inherent problem with Premiere Elements?
>Seems like a video card issue
Could be... what is the exact driver version?
Have you tried a newer (or older) driver from the vendor site?
It is the latest version and no I have not tried an older driver.
Latest version according to what? (a real number would be better... for instance, I have an nVidia GTX285 with driver 296.10)
Do NOT rely on Windows Update... you need to go directly to the hardware vendor site for your brand/model
The reason I suggested an older driver (if you do, in fact, have the current driver) is that it DOES happen that a new driver will fix one thing and break another
Example... back in 2002 I bought a ready made Alienware Pentium3 video editing computer with an nVidia card... which would ONLY work with one specific driver... newer or older caused video editing not to work
So... what is your video driver number? (an actual number may help someone else point out any problems)
Does it help if you disable the display driver from Device manager. Sounds real harmful, but it is not. You can disable the display driver and it will default to the motherboard-in-built display adaptor (In your case it will be an Intel HD graphics). Yes, the items on your screen just blow up in size, but this is only for say 1 min during which you will test Premiere Elements timeline thingy. You can turn the driver back on straight after this test.
If the problem is not seen after disabling the display driver, then we can surely confirm that the issue is related to your card/driver combination.
Thanks for the advice. I'll give it a try. I was reading on another post that disabling desktop composition in the advanced settings of Windows helps. I'll try that as well. But wish I didn't have to go this route.