8 Replies Latest reply on Jan 6, 2013 10:11 AM by Sigmund Smith

    How to Fix Video Quality Problems in Premiere Elements 10

    Sigmund Smith

      I am running Premiere Elementrs 10 and when I upload a file into the program from a camera, it appears grainy and verticle lines are pixelated when the video is viewed in the editor or after exporting the video from Premiere.  When I view the original video on a camera or using other software, however, it looks fine.  I am using a Canon Vixia hf r20 camera.  What preset would be the best to use with this camera (which is AVCHD and full HD).  Also, the video (in premiere) appears grainy and the frame rate is not as good as the original video.  Am I doing something wrong?   I just began having this problem recently and past videos were fine.  Also, the computer I am using is sufficiently powerful for the program and the video.  What should I do to make the video look better in the program?

        • 1. Re: How to Fix Video Quality Problems in Premiere Elements 10
          Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

          Sigmund, we were already covering this topic in your previous thread, but you never responded.

          http://forums.adobe.com/message/4955396#4955396

           

          Please don't start up a new topic on the same subject, as it can be confusing keeping track of what we have and have not already discussed.

           

          Have you set up your project using the settings for AVCHD Full 1920x1080 HD?

           

          Did you use Premiere Elements' Video Importer (under Get Media/From Flip or AVCHD Camera) to get the video from the camcorder to your computer? (This is as opposed to putting the SD card in your card reader and using Windows Explorer or Finder to copy the video over.)

           

          Before you assume that your computer is powerful enough to edit video, please provide information on your processor speed and RAM load. AVCHD, in particular, can require a lot more horsepower than Adobe's listed "minimums".

           

          Finally, please tell us, per your other thread, where you're seeing the graininess and vertical lines? Is it on Premiere Elemenets' Monitor panel or on your output. If your output, which Share settings did you use?

          • 2. Re: How to Fix Video Quality Problems in Premiere Elements 10
            the_wine_snob Level 9

            With the AVCHD Project Preset, your Canon footage should be almost 100% identical to the original footage.

             

            Now, as for the "frame rate," AVCHD material is very CPU intensive to process and play back. What are the specs. of your CPU? I recommend a fast i7 as the minimum with AVCHD (or any H.264 footage), but some can get by with an i5, if they Render the Timeline, by hitting Enter/Return. Depending on your CPU, what you see might be as good as it gets, when editing, but the smoothness of playback should be perfect, with the Exported/Shared file. Just harder to judge the smoothness, if one has a weak CPU.

             

            Good luck,

             

            Hunt

            • 3. Re: How to Fix Video Quality Problems in Premiere Elements 10
              Sigmund Smith Level 1

              Bill, I set up the project using the AVCHD Full 1920x1080 HD setting.  I imported the video in Premiere from files on my computer.  I put the video on the computer from the camera using Adobe Organizer.  This meathod has worked fine in the past on the same computer.  The computer itself has 8 GB of RAM and an i5 processor.  It has funtioned very well with Premiere 10 and AVCHD video up to this point.

               

              Also, I am indeed seeing the grainyness and pixelated verticle lines both in the Elements monitor panel and on output video (using AVCHD 1920x1080 settings).  If I watch the original viedo, however (without putting it into Premiere) it looks fine.  Also, what I meant by "frame rate" was that motion in the video was choppy.  The only other time I had this type of problem was when I accidently set the video to PAL instead of NTSC, but that is not the case now.

               

              I am 99% sure this is a Premiere issue and not a computer issue because the computer on its own handles the AVCHD video splendidly, and Premiere on the computer has done likewise in the past.  It is just recently that this problem has begun.

               

              Thanks for your help

               

              Sigmund

              • 4. Re: How to Fix Video Quality Problems in Premiere Elements 10
                Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

                Sigmund, what happened between when it used to work and when it stopped working well?

                 

                Have you tried following the instructions in my post above?

                 

                And can you post a short sample to YouTube and post the link here so we can see the issues you're describing?

                • 5. Re: How to Fix Video Quality Problems in Premiere Elements 10
                  the_wine_snob Level 9

                  Also, since it did work, and suddenly ceased, this article might be of use: http://forums.adobe.com/message/3787986#3787986

                   

                  Good luck,

                   

                  Hunt

                  • 6. Re: How to Fix Video Quality Problems in Premiere Elements 10
                    Sigmund Smith Level 1

                    I attempted to render the footage, which did not improve the video.  Also, the problem began happening after I created a seperate Project with Flip Video footage and the appropriate presets.  The next time I used the AVCHD video with the AVCHD presets, the issue began.  I feel like this change to Flip video shouldn't have caused the problem, but that was the only change that was made to the program or computer.

                    • 7. Re: How to Fix Video Quality Problems in Premiere Elements 10
                      the_wine_snob Level 9

                      What are the specs. from the Flip Video? MediaInfo should be able to tell you everything about those files.

                       

                      This FAQ Entry covers some Flip Video, but there were some variations: http://forums.adobe.com/message/1986738#1986738

                       

                      Good luck,

                       

                      Hunt

                      • 8. Re: How to Fix Video Quality Problems in Premiere Elements 10
                        Sigmund Smith Level 1

                        Bill,

                         

                        I do not have a problem with the Flip video (it works fine).  It is simply the point from which the AVCHD (in other projects) stopped working.  IF I work with the flip video now (with the proper settings) it functions fine.