7 Replies Latest reply on Feb 24, 2013 2:17 PM by Steve Grisetti

    Problems with avi files.


      I cut together various programs in order to make a dvd with a menu.  I cropped and repositioned images.  I asembled quad splits and each of the four pictures comes into the frame at different times.  Once finished, I then converted the programs to avi files.  But all of those cropped and repositioned images; all of those quad splits are out of registration in the avi files.  The images are not where I put them.  Does anyone know why, and more importantly, what can I do about it?  Help, please. 

        • 1. Re: Problems with avi files.
          Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

          What version of the program are you using?


          When you set up your Premiere Elements project, which settings did you select? (You can see your current project settings listed under the Edit menu.)


          Have you ensured that all of your photos are no larger than 1000x750 pixels in size?


          Do you get the same results if you output a WMV file?

          • 2. Re: Problems with avi files.
            JohnUCLA Level 1

            First off, thank you for looking into my problem.  I appreciate your time.


            I.  I am using the latest version of Elements, version 11.


            II.     Project settings:

            I am not sure which of the settings you are referring to, so here goes.  There are three tabs of settings, General, Capture and Video Rendering.  Some of the fields were grayed out, some were dark black.


            GENERAL TAB: 

            Editing Mode:  HD 1080i

            Time base:  29.97 frames per second

            Playback Settings:

            Realtime Playback

                 The box next to "Desktop video display during Playback" is checked.

                 External Device:  None

                 Aspect Ratio Conversion:  Hardware (if supported)

                 Desktop Audio is selected


                 External Device:  none

                 The box next to "Disable video output when in background" is checked.



                 Frame Size 1920 horizontal     1080 vertical

                 Pixel Aspect Ratio:  Square Pixels (1.0)

                 Fields:  Upepr Field First

                 Display format:  30 fps drop-frame time code

                 Title Safe Area:  20% horizontal         20% vertical

                 Action Safe Area:  10% horizontal                10% vertical



                 Sample Rate 48000 hz

                 Display Format    Audio Samples



            CAPTURE TAB:

            Capture Format:  HDV




            The box next to "Maximum Bit Depth" is not checked


                      File format:  I-frame only MPEG

                      Compressor:  MPEG I-frame

                 The box next to "Optimize Stills" is checked



            (Note:  Just asking.  How is the novice supposed to know what settings are best for a particular project?)



            III.  The photos I used as pictures are actually freeze frames from the videos I shot for footage.  So the "photos" are whatver size they are because of that.  (I don't know how to find out what size they are, nor do I know how to change the size.)


            IV.   I don't mean to sound dumb, but I don't recognize WMV.  Do you mean Publish/Share > Computer > Windows Media?  I did convert a file to that format and checked it out.  The converted file does seem to work fine and all of the images playback properly positioned and formatted.


            Again, I appreciate your help.


            Thank you.



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            • 3. Re: Problems with avi files.
              Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

              This happens sometimes when working on a project in MPEG format (as yours).


              I'm sorry but I don't have a solution. The usual workaround is to output an AVI of your file -- but in your case the AVI also exhibits this problem.


              Have you tried starting a new project, set up for DV?  I know DV is standard resolution, but working in DV format you will unlikely have this problem. And, since you're going to output AVI anyway, working in DV just makes sense.

              • 4. Re: Problems with avi files.
                the_wine_snob Level 9

                To date, I have not seen such behavior with a DV-AVI, but only MPEG Source Files (as Steve mentions). This is an oddity. I also have no tips on correcting things, as I have never encountered such, nor read of it from others.



                • 5. Re: Problems with avi files.
                  JohnUCLA Level 1

                  I appreciate your quick response.  I want to be clear though.  The problem I experiencethe cropped and repositioned shots going out of registrationonly occurs when I convert to an AVI file, which I am doing to create a dvd with a menu.  I originally cut the programs together through Elements.  I successfully converted to both MPEG2 format and the Windows Media formats.  Matter of fact, the only reason I was converting to AVI was to build the dvd and menu.  Is there another way to build a dvd and manu without AVI? 


                  Again, thank you.

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                  • 6. Re: Problems with avi files.
                    JohnUCLA Level 1

                    Admittedly late to be asking this, but what should the project settings have been to work in the DV format?





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