WMV is meant to be played and not edited. This particular wmv is probably heavily compressed hence the playback issues.
Actually, for editing WMV files, I'd recommend Windows MovieMaker Live rather than Premiere Elements. It fits the workflow much better.
Premiere Elements works best with camcorder video: miniDV, HDV, AVCHD and smartphone video.
Thanks for the suggestion.
I am currently using PE10 to compose/edit an HDV project off my camcorder, which is what its supposed to "good at", right?
The problem surfaced when I tried to paste in a short ~30sec wmv file as a title lead-in clip. It is an "HD" clip created by GoogleEarth, and I did not have much control over the format other than requesting 1920x1080 HD in order to be comparable to other HDV content of my project.
I suspect it is heavily compressed and requires a bit of processing power to decode. What I did not expect was for it to essentially "break" the Elements application. Afterall, it can decode and understand wmv formats. However, it apparently can't figure out how to use my 12-processor cores to accomplish that.
Perhaps I should use the Windows MovieMaker to edit the wmv (shorten it a bit) and save to some other format that Premier Elements can deal with more efficiently?
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You can't use MovieMaker to convert your hi-def footage an editable format that I know of.
But if you have no choice and this is only format it's available in, you can try to load it into Premiere Elements and then output it as a more editable format rather than trying to edit the WMV file.
What settings you use and what you output it as depends on what resolution your WMV footage is in and what you plan to do with your final video when it's edited. (DVD? BluRay? YouTube? etc)