Hi, GredEW2. This is the Photoshop Elements forum, and very few people here use Premiere Elements, which has its own forum. I'll move this over there for you.
Thanks, Barbara. I can't figure out how my query got into Photoshop Elements. "Premiere Elements" was all over the page--even in big headings--and "Photoshop" was (actually is) nowhere to be seen. The cookie trail at the top even said Premiere Elements!
Please give us more details about the media you're using to compose your movie project. They are one of the chief causes of sudden rendering slowdowns.
What model of camcorder is your video coming from and what format and resolution is it?
Which project settings did you select when you started your project? (You can see but not change them unjder the Edit menu.) If your project settings match your video specs, you will not see red lines above your video clips when you add them to your timeline in Timeline mode. Is this the case with your project?
Also, have you added photos to your project and, if so, have you ensured that they are no larger than 2000x1500 pixels in size? Oversize photos are the chief reasons for out of memory issues, slow rendering and even program crashes.
I'll take your questions in order.
1. The video I received was shot professionally in a studio at Harvard University, and I don't know what image acquisition equipment was used (although I could find out if necessary). I didn't choose any settings when I dragged the video into PE10 (I'll never do that again!). The 33-minute interview has always been red above my timeline video clips.
2. The Properties of the 33-minute interview (which I never edited--I only added head and tail title/credit matter) says the following:
Type: MPEG Movie
File Size: 395.9 MB
Image Size: 854x480
Frame Rate: 29.97
Source Audio: 48KHz-compressed-Stereo
Project Audio Format: 48KHz - 32- bit floating point - Stereo
Total Duration: 00:33:49:07
Average Data Rate: 199 KB/second
Pixel Aspect Ratio: 1.0
The Project Settings:
Editing Mode: HDV 1080i
Video Frame Size: 1440-h 1080-v
Pixel Aspect Ratio: HD Anamorphic 1080 (1.333)
Fields: Upper Field First
Display Format: 30fps Drop-frame Timecode
[title safe & audio stuff]
Maximum BitDepth unchecked
File Format: I-Frame Only MPEG
Compressor: MPEG I-Frame
Optimize Stills is checked.
3. I have no photos in the project, except for one brief freeze-frame after one of my Title shots and after my closing credits roll.
So, Steve, can you tell from this information what the problem may be? You know, this show is so simple that I could save my 30 seconds of opening titles and 30 seconds of closing credits (where all my post-production time has been invested) and bring them into a properly configured NEW project, if you thought that would be my best course of action.
If this is standard, consumer HDV (tape-based video captured over a FireWire connection), it should work just great in Premiere Elements. (Assuming you've got an well-tuned, adequately powerd computer and the most recent version of Quicktime.)
Just start a new project, and make sure to select the project settings for HDV video.
When you place your video on your timeline, you should not see any red lines above the clips in Timeline mode. And the program's performance and output results should look terrific!
I'm not sure if there's a way to salvage your current project. That's why I created my free Basic Training tutorials, so that folks wouldn't get too deeply into a project and then realize they'd missed a crucial first step.
Bill Hunt, on this forum, might be able to show you how to hack the project file in Notepad so that you can change the project properties. Otherwise, you may be able to use a program like Clip Mate to cut all of the media clips on your timeline from your current project and past them into your new, properly set up project.
Thanks again, Steve.
Pardon my ignorance, but where can I find your Basic Training tutorials? I've gone through the Lynda.com ones, found a couple useful ones via tv.adobe.com, and a couple more via YouTube, but I don't know if you were associated with any of those. Please provide a link or directions where to find yours.
With regard to dragging my source video onto the Timeline, it immediately indicates red, not green, with project settings either at HDV 1080i or DV NTSC--so is that an indication that something is amiss?
Finally, I'd like to read some discussion about what the minimum, and recommended, hardware I should be using (my PC Windows 7 64 bit desktop specs are Intel i3-2120 CPU @ 3.3GHz with 4 GB RAM, with an NVIDIA GeForce GT 520) I now suspect that I should probably have an i5 or i7, and maybe a better graphics card.
If you are editing true consumer HDV files, captured from a tape-based camcorder over a FireWire connection, then your hardware should be adequate. But then, again, if you were editing true consumer HDV, then you should not see red lines above your clips when you add them to the timeline. So I'm not sure what's up.
Although, you DO say that these files were from a "professional" HDV camcorder, so it is possible that they're not compatible with Premiere Elements. Hard to say without know the specific model of camcorder and how the video was captured to a computer.
Meantime, my Basic Training tutorials can be found in the Premiere Elements FAQs. There's on the right side of this forum page, and there's a whole library of great information there.
Here's the FAQ about my tutorials.
Just noticed something in the MediaInfo data you listed above.
Your frame size is listed as 854x480!
This could definitely be at the root of your problems. Somebody has converted this video to a non-standard video format -- square pixel wide-screen MPEG.
I guess I misunderstood when I saw HDV. Your project was set up for HDV. Your video is square pixel, standard def widescreen.
You can try setting up a project for Hard Disk Camcorder, widescreen, and you may be able to edit your video in it. Since it's a non-standard format, you'll need to render your timeline whenever you see red lines above your clips in order to keep the program stable -- but you should be able to produce a decent-looking DVD out of it.