Welcome to the forum.
First, some questions please:
What are the full specs. of the files from the Sony? If you do not have that info handy, you can download and install either of the great, free file info utilities: MediaInfo, or G-Spot.
What is your Project's Setting, the one you chose at New Project?
Good luck, and let us know a bit more please,
Thanks for the reply. Attached is the screenshot from MediaInfo. Project settings are default I believe. When I go to the settings in Premiere it says DV NTSC 29.97 frames/second. 720 horizontal 480 vertical 4:3 . Pxel Aspect Ratio is D1/DV NTSC. display Format is 30fps Drop-Frame Timecode. Let me know if you need more information. Thanks again!
Yes, and the red line changes to green as it background renders.
I am in the process of preparing to test a sample from your brand and model camera in my Premiere Elements 8.0/8.0.1 on Windows 7 64 bit. I will have the results probably tomorrow morning.
For now I just want to put you through the drill that I do for anyone who says he/she is using Premiere Elements 8.0/8.0.1.
1. Are you working from the 8.0/8.0.1 Update of the program?
2. Do you have the automatic Background Rendering and AutoAnalyzer features turned OFF.
For Background Rendering option. See Edit Menu/Preferences/General.
For AutoAnalyzer option. Click on Organizer in the row below the blue active Organize header in order to open the Elements Organizer. In the Elements Organizer workspace, go to Edit Menu/Preferences/AutoAnalyzer Options and disable all the AutoAnalzyer options. To return to the Premiere Elements workspace from the Elements Organizer workspace, in the Elements Organizer workspace, go to File Menu/Exit.
Is your computer optimized in spite of the fact that you have a high end laptop? I presumed so but always go to verify, no pile ups of preview files, conformed video and audio files et al.
Looking at the properties of your source media, I see:
video compression = MPEG1
audio compression = MPEG-Layer1 (.mp2)
Frame Size = 640 x 480 (4:3)
Pixel Aspect Ratio = 1.0
Frame Rate = 30 progressive frames per second
With properties like those you are sure to get a red line over that content since there is no project preset with that description.
But, your choice of the default NTSC DV Standard would have been mine also.
I am heading to try to get a quick look at the behavior of the sample video here in my Premiere Elements 8.0/8.0.1.
To be continued.
Please follow through on using 8.0.1 update and making sure Background Rendering and AutoAnalzyer are OFF. Then go straight to the following which I believe will be the answer, I said optimistically.
Please put a hold on all other of my questions until you try and following and get back to me with the results.
Really a wild fix if it does the job.
Import your MPEG1.mpg with .mp2 audio into the Premiere Elements 8.0/8.0.1 project set for NTSC DV Standard. When you get the video to the Timeline, it will have a red line over it. Render the Timeline to verify that the jerky clip problem still exists. It probably will.
If so, right click the video clip on the Timeline, select Field Options and then in the Field Options dialog select the option Reverse Field Dominance as well as "Interlace Consecutive Frames". If red line over TImeline content, render the Timeline content and then let us know how the rendered Timeline plays back in the Edit Mode Monitor.
I will check in the light of day to learn of your results.