You haven't said which version of the program you're using. But, if you're using version 11, you should use Add Media/From Flip or Camera to get the video from the camcorder over a USB connection. This will also set up the project automatically for Full AVCHD 1920x1080p.
If you are using a different version of the program or you've used another method to copy the video from your camcorder to your computer, this auto-setup may not work and you'll need to set the project up manually.
What version of Premiere Elements are you using and on what computer operating system.
For now, I will assume Premiere Elements 11 Windows, using your 1080p50 footage.
If you are transferring the AVCHD 1080p50 from "camera with memory card inserted" to computer and saving it to computer hard drive..then for Premiere Elements 11:
Add Media/Files and Folders/and into Project Assets from where you drag the 1080p50 to the Expert workspace Timeline.
At that point, the project is supposed to set automatically the right project preset based on this first drag video to the Timeline. In this case it should be setting
Check it out via, Edit Menu/Project Settings/General and the readings for Editing Mode, Timebase, and Frame Size.
If the project has not done it correctly, then you set the project preset manually to the setting that I cited. To do that
Make sure to have a check mark next to Force Selected Project Setting on this Project.
Then import your 1080p50 via Premiere Elements Add Media/Files and Folders/Project Assets and then to the Timeline.
If you are transferring the AVCHD 1080p50 from "camera with memory card inserted" to Premiere Elements...then
open Premiere Elements 11
set the project preset manually as described above
then, with your camera connected to the computer via USB,
Add Media/Video from Flip or Camera/Video Importer and its "Get Media" button to put the 1080p in Project Assets and
on the Expert workspace Timeline.
There should be no orange line over the Timeline content in either case when the video first arrives on the Timeline. After you edit, yes, but
then you Render the Timeline to get the best possible preview of what you are seeing on the Edit Mode Monitor screen.
Please review and then we can plan any troubleshooting strategy accordingly.
Add On...I did not see SG's post until after I have posted mine.
>previewing imported movies seems jerky and editing clips very hit-and-miss
As well as the other 2 questions, please give hardware details... editing AVCHD requires a "strong" computer with at least 2 7200rpm hard drives... one for Windows and all software and the 2nd hard drive for video and project files
A couple past discussions that may help
Elements and AVCHD http://forums.adobe.com/thread/947846
Jerky or slow playback http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1071217
Also, the Help-and-Tutorials page http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1275830 may help
Thanks for the added details, ATR.
Although I do want to note that Premiere Elements often has trouble with automatic project setup when MOVs are used as the source files. So your suggestion to manually set up the project and force the settings is an excellent one!
Thanks for all your efforts. In fact I'm using Premiere Elements 10. I have been removing the SD card from the camera and inserting it into the card reader built into the computer and then going through the get media command etc. However, there isn't a choice for 1080/p50 as such in the list of settings, but rather :
Full HD 1080i 25
Full HD 1080i 25 5.1 channel
HD1080i 25 5.1 Channel
I'm using a Windows 7 64-bit Samsung laptop with 1Tb of memory.
For me, the automatic project setup cannot be counted on for a variety of formats, not just the QuickTime .mov.
The situation is not helped when no message is given to the user when the program defaults to its default (1080i) when it cannot establish the project preset based on its criteria and the properties first drag to the Timeline.
Looking forward to Stephen_George's results from what we all have offered.
As always thanks,
>Windows 7 64-bit Samsung laptop with 1Tb of memory
That would be 1T of hard drive, not memory... how much Ram memory do you have?
Being a laptop, is that a 5400rpm hard drive, or 7200rpm?
Does that laptop have an i3 or i5 or i7 CPU?
That is correct. Support 1920x1080p was not added until version 11.
For best performance, I'd recommend you either set your camcorder to shoot in 1080i or you update to version 11. Otherwise, version 10 is going to step-down your video to 1080i anyway and you'll need to render often as you work (whenever red lines appear above the clips on your timeline).
The RAM is 8GB
The processor is i5
I'm afraid I don't know the speed.
Here is what I would like you to consider for your Premiere Elements 10 Windows 1080p50 project.
Open Premiere Elements 10 and set the project preset to:
Then in the opened project, and, if you have your camera connected to the computer via USB,
Flip, AVCHD, Cameras, Phones or Removal Drive
Video Importer with its final Get Media command
If you want to export this 1080p50 as 1080p50, then
AVCHD with Presets = MP4 - H264 1920 x 1080p25
and under the Advanced Button/Video Tab, make sure the settings are as follows:
Later you could experiment with VBR, 2 Pass and other Bitrate Settings if necessary.
Please check it out and see if any of the above works for you. Remember, be looking at the Rendered Timeline before any judgments of monitor playback quality.
Many thanks for your help.
Will do as you suggest.
Looking forward to your results.
I had forgotten to ask about the audio on your 1080p50. But from what I have read, your audio is AAC 2 channel. So, that does not force us to bring in any 5.1 channel aspects to import or export.
>The RAM is 8GB...The processor is i5...I'm afraid I don't know the speed
A single hard drive, even if it is 7200rpm and not the "usual" laptop speed of 5400rpm, is less than optimal for video editing
If you find that your video editing is still "jerky" you might want to consider an external hard drive, but only IF you have a USB3 or eSata port
External eSata or USB3 are both fast enough for video editing... eSata may be better - http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1117813
ONE possibility is this $47 USB3 dock with fan http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-SuperSpeed-Docking-Station-Cooling/dp/B0055PL2YI
I can't thank you enough for your advice, help and interest.
Thanks for the opportunity to try to help.
Please update us on your progress when you get a chance.