That camcorder is an AVCHD camcorder and you should be able to edit it in Premiere Elements 11 (assuming you shot in HA or HG mode).
Are you shooting in 60i or 60p? When you go to Edit/Project Settings, what settings does it show? In Expert mode, is there a yellow line above the clips on your timeline?
The biggest challenge may be that your computer isn't fast enough to edit AVCHD footage. MacBooks are designed for portability, not power. A MacBook Pro would have no problems. But MacBooks are generally underpowered for high-end work.
Which version of OSX do you have? How fast is your processor and how much RAM do you have?
>I'm a newbie
Online User Guide http://help.adobe.com/en_US/premiereelements/using/index.html
-Page to download current PDF http://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements.html
Importing Video http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1065281
-and project settings http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1112086
Saving & Sharing http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1051093
Sharing for Computer http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1058237
Steve's Basic Training Tutorials... steps are the same for several versions
Another help site http://muvipix.com/ or http://muvipix.com/phpBB3/
Elements and AVCHD http://forums.adobe.com/thread/947846
AVCHD to DVD http://forums.adobe.com/thread/862611
Thanks so much for your help!
Below are the specs of my laptop and pics of what I find in settings of my Elements...
Model Name: MacBook
Model Identifier: MacBook7,1
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
L2 Cache: 3 MB
Memory: 8 GB
Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz
Boot ROM Version: MB71.0039.B0B
SMC Version (system): 1.60f5
Thank you. You are at the lower end of he requirements for editing high-def video.
When you answer the rest of my questions, we may be better able to help.
For the most part I've been recording with 1080/60p.
OS X - 10.6.8
Yup, there's a yellow line above the clips.
If there is a yellow line above your clips when you add them to your timeline, your project is not set up properly to work with this type of video.
Is a clip from this video the first clip on your timeline? If you go to Edit/Project Settings, which settings are displayed?
Your project is clearly not set up for 60p.
Start a new project and, on the New Project panel, click Settings and then select the setting for Full AVCHD 1920x1080p60. Then, back at the New Project panel, check the option to Force Settings on Project.
If you are still getting yellow lines above your video clips when you add 1920x1080 60p footage to your timeline, then something isn't right somewhere. Are you absolutely sure you are shooting 1920x1080 60p and that you're using Premiere Elements' Add Media/From Flip or Camera to open the Video Importer in order to get the video from the camcorder to your computer?
I'm getting the MTS files from the memory card which is plugged into a converter via USB, and go into Add Media/Videos From Flip or Cameras. I've also tried by puting the MTS files on my desktop and then Add Media/Photos from Cameras of Devices.
When I record with the Panasonic HC-X900, there is a button that automatically makes it 1080 60p, so I think that's ok.
I started a new project and redered the clips, and the yellow line is not there, so I guess that's a good sign, however, the playback is still super sluggish and although the audio seems ok, the video is choppy.
That may be as good as you'll get out of your hardware, Vidis. If you've rendered your video or, even better, if you're not seeing yellow lines above your clips, you're operating at maximum efficiency.
If that's too sluggish, you may want to start shooting in 60i rather than 60p. It takes a lot less computer power, and the results are virtually indistinguishable -- especially if you plan to output your video like a DVD or a video for YouTube or a web site, in which case your results will be identical.
Ok, I'll try 60i. Thank you very much for all your prompt responses and help!
I just did a test, and the 60i does flow better in playback in Elements.
Great news, vidi!
How do you guys usually work with the files?
Meaning - I have 30 MTS files (2hrs) that need to be edited into a 2 minute piece. Do you just add them into a new project, render the footage and then cut away?
What happens to the scraps as they're chopped off?
PPro and Premiere Elements are 'non-destructive' editors... meaning they do not change your original video
You do your work on the timeline... and when you share to a new file, only what you want in the output is put in the output
There are basically two simple ways to do what you describe, and neither involves outputting, until all editing has been done.
John's method of using the Source Monitor to Trim the Clip, by setting the In & Out Points. * Then, when those In & Out Points have been set, one would just drag the Instance of that Trimmed Clip to the Timeline.
The next is to drag the Clips, in order, to the Timeline, and then click+drag on the Head, or Tail of a Clip, to shorten it. That is also setting the In & Out Points, just in the Timeline, rather than using the Source Monitor.
The choice is yours. Depending on the exact Project and the Assets, I might use one, or the other.
* Note: one can have any number of Instances of a Clip. They could be identical, or they could have different In & Out Points.
PS - As John T. points out, the actual original Clip has NOT be altered in any way. All one has done by setting those In & Out Points is to tell PrE, that when it is directed to output a Video, it will gather the data from the original Clip, between those In & Out Points. They are but instructions.
Thanks guys! What about rendering? As soon as I add clips to the Timeline I have to render them in order for them to play back (and it's taking almost an hour to do so), and then each time I edit I have to render it again.
Also, when trying to import )let's say) files 0001.MTS and 0002.MTS it will tell me that the files exist already, and I have to go back to the specific location where they are and rename them all differently "FEB0001.MTS and FEB0002.MTS". Anyway to expedite that?