Why are you using Premiere Elements, a video editor, to try and edit pictures?
Are you going to make a movie, or slideshow, from those pictures?
Read Photo Scaling for Video http://forums.adobe.com/thread/450798
-Too Large May = Crash http://forums.adobe.com/thread/879967
-And another crash report http://forums.adobe.com/thread/973935
My Sony camera ( HX200 ) does good photos and AVCHD or MP4 movies. I'm on a Mac and have used iPhoto for all of my pictures. When I try movie clips ( MP4 only ) iPhoto will import them sometimes and will lock up sometimes. It takes a hard boot to get the system back. I have tried iMovie and the results are the same. The specs on PE says "AVCHD and MP4" work.
I want to produce a slide show eventually and include some movie clips. PE seems to be even poorer than iPhoto.
Have you ensured that all of your photos are no larger than 1000x750 pixels in size before you bring them into a Premiere Elements project?
Thanks for the info. My pictures are several times that size. If I had known that was a limitation I would have saved my money. My movies are even 1980 x 1020. I have stills that are 3456 x 2592 and 4912 x 1080. I guess I'll stick with iPhoto without movies.
The limitation on Image sizes in PrE is 4096 x 4096, but each Image takes resources to process.
That is why we normally suggest Scaling them down to ~ 2000 x 1500 for HD (High Def) Projects. The "rule of thumb" is 1000 x 750 for SD (Standard Def) Projects. This relieves the computer having to process pixels, that are not used.
Even with 4000 x 3000, within the 4096 x 4096 limitation, a lot of computing horsepower is used up, and one cannot show more than 1920 x 1080 pixels at a time, with an HD Project, so the extra pixels just take resources, to no end.
Also, Photoshop and Photoshop Elements have more and better Scaling algorithms, than does PrE - they are, after all, Image editing programs.
When Scaled outside of Premiere, I have had Projects with 3000+ 720 x 480 (SD Project), that edited smoothly. On the same computer, a Project with but five 4096 x 4096 Images slowed to a crawl, with the sixth. I had to take the Project to Adobe After Effects, as it handles large Images in a totally different, and better way.
For advice on Scaling large Still Images, this article should be helpful: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/450798?start=0&tstart=0
As I said, I'll stick with iPhoto. It's much better with pictures. Several thousand High def. doesn't slow it down at all. Its just movie clips that cause a problem.
Now, as per Steve's earlier comment, are you editing Video, or Images?
PrE is a Video editor, and not an Image editor.
>If I had known that was a limitation
Grin... what I said, with information and crash report links, back in reply #1
I'm not interested in using it to edit pictures, just select and put in order for a slide show on DVD. I'm done with PE, an almost virgin copy is now for sale. Cheap. :-)