First, in Edit>Preferences>Scratch Disks, what is set for your Video Preview files? That is where the Rendered files will go.
Now, Rendering will ONLY be available if one has red lines (or now yellow lines), above their Clips. If there are no lines, or green lines, then Rendering will not take place.
If you have no lines, or green lines, and are getting choppy playback, then we need to know a bit more:
What are the full specs. of your Video Clips?
What Project Preset was chosen, at New Project?
What are the full specs. of your computer?
For more info on Rendering, see this article: http://forums.adobe.com/message/3484339#3484339
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Also, go to Preferences and uncheck the option to play the timeline after rendering.
Then go to Expert view and make sure that the Work Area Bar covers the part of your timeline you want to edit. Premiere Elements will only render what is under the Work Area Bar.
Ok, the preferences for the Scratch Disk are to save it Same As Project, which I believe is the internal HDD. I am storing the original file on an external HDD.
Project specs are 1080p60fps. The video clip is also at 1080p60pfs.
Specs on my computer are a Mid 2009 Macbook Pro 2.26ghz with 8gbRAM. The internal HDD is a 160gb and I just started using a 500gb external connected via USB.
Before when I was working on getting things squared away with RAM and whatnot with choppy video playback for editing I THOUGH I had it working. I was able to playback at normal and high speed for editing. Now, I am not sure. I am also using a full version of PSE11
Those specs don't sound complete, deeve. Is that processor a single-core, dual-core or quad-core.
A single core 2.26 ghz would be WAY underpowered for the type of video editing you're trying to do.
Ok, well it looks like I might have made some headway. Regardless that the video footage is recorded at 1080p 60fps, if I set the Project attributes to force it at 1080p30fps and load it then after redering it seems to work fine. As soon as the video loads and I start to play, PSE asks me to render the video. Playback and high speed playback seem to work fine. Keeping the scratch file on the external 2.0 USB drive does not seem to work as the connection is too slow.
After doing some lighting adjustments to the video I had to render the entire thing again in order for it to play. Would that be normal anyway? Takes about 30-45mins to get the thing to render out.
Oh well, I am hoping after I install a second HDD then things will speed up some, as I can have to separate drives running at 1.5-3 gb.
Any thoughts on my progress?
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Open a new project. On the New Project option screen, click Settings and select the settings for an AVCHD 1920x1080p60. Back at the New Project screen, check the box that says Force Settings on Project. Then click OK.
Try loading some of your footage then and putting it on the timeline in Expert view. If these are the correct specs for your project, you should not see yellow lines above your clips when you add the to the timeline and your performance should improve greatly.
If you're still seeing yellow lines, something is not correct with your source footage specs.
Ok, I just tried that and did not get any yellow lines, but playback was still choppy. I also tried it with a 1080p30fps video I just shot and same result. No colored lines, but choppy playback. hmmm
If you're not seeing yellow lines, this is as good as your computer's performance is going to get with this type of video.
I'm sorry, but your computer isn't powerful enough to edit 1080p video with Premiere Elements. At least not unless you mind the computer lagging as you work.
Thanks. I'll just have to deal with it. Shouldn't be too bad of a deal, I guess, as long as the output is good. Will upgrading to SSD and fast secondary hdd help at all?
.... And thank you for the help! Made my life less frustrating.
On a Mac, the second hard drive won't make much difference -- though it may improve things just a bit.
Your best bet is to keep your segments short. Maybe 5-10 minutes long each. Then combine the finished pieces in a final project.
And, if you want to know just about everything there is to know about this program, you can always check out my book, available at Amazon.com and at the Muvipix.com store.
Just to add an update in case anyone else finds themselves in a similar position. It looks like if I force the PSE Project Properties to be 720p30fps from 1080p then it will play in the edit screen ok. I also found that video shot in 720p 60fps imports just fine at the 720p30fps setting. I think 120fps would too. 720 is close enough to 1080 for what I need, so I will just shoot my videos in that for now. If I end up shooting and editing more, I see a 15MBP with a quad core i7 in my future. Thanks again for the patience and help!