Working with DVR footage is tricky business. Espeically since you're apparently "capturing" this video over an AV cable.
What device or software are you using to capture it? Premiere Elements won't capture MPEG video from a non-FireWire connected device.
I use (and have used since I installed PE9) AVer MediaCenter. This has worked fine until a few months ago. The only updates have been to Windows.
The capture software has not changed and the settings for the mpg files have not changed except to try 720 vs. 1080 to see if that helped.
This was working fine then just stopped.
I did not plan to upgrade PE and if that is what it takes, then I would consider other options as well as the cost would be the same.
If the other option is to convert to wnv with Windows Movie Maker, then I would just stay with that as it works and if free!!!
I am looking for ideas on how to fix this and have limited time frame as I have a real just and this is just a hobby now.
Please let me know what I can do.
The challenge is that you're using a workflow that doesn't really fit Premiere Elements. I know it's worked in the past, but Premiere Elements is going to have trouble with MPEG files created by a third-party software. And, unfortunately, converting the files to WMVs is only going to make things worse.
In the interest of time, I'd recommend you just do all of your editing and output your finished video from MovieMaker. Then, if you're interested in long-term solutions that will help you avoid these kinds of issues completely, we can certainly recommend them.
I'm sorry I can't help you more with your current workflow.
I have used this (or a similar ) workflow for many years. Even when I started with PE4, I was capturing composite AV in mpg and re-encode with PE to AVI to edit.
This current workflow had work corretly for almost 2 years now.
Given that PE will not capture with my capture card, what workflow would you sugest?
I have no intent to use just MovieMaker only and if it was that easy, then Adobe would be out of business as MovieMaker is free so why buy anything.
I have been a long time user of Adobe products (started with Premiere more then 15 years ago, just stopped when it became expensive).
What do you think the intended work flow for PE is?
I used this workflow as there are times I need to leave things in AVI and MovieMaker is only wmv output.
If you cannot that the time to explain why this wirkflow is wrong, then maybe you should not answer at all.
Is ther anyone from Adobe on this forum that can help?