Let us start with the usual drill so that we do not take anything for granted.
Could you post a MediaInfo (tree view) video and audio properties readout for this .wmv file?
Does freeze occur with any other format of video or just this one particular .wmv type from thie "game recording program"? What is the game recording program that is generating this .wmv file. Do you have an option to generate an alternative format from this program?
Have you assured that your video card driver is up to date according to the web site of the manufacturer of the video card? In spite of your impressive computer resources, can we assumed that your computer is optimized, defragmented, and not over run by pile ups of preview files, conformed audio, or conformed video files?
Let us start here. I will follow up on this in the morning and will be watching for further details from you.
Thanks for your response. The file was created with a program called D3DGear. It is capable of recording in other video formats, but I haven't attempted to use any of them yet. This and another .wmv from the same program both fail to import into Premiere Elements 11, both over an hour in length. Other, shorter .wmv files created by the program work fine.
The computer is only a couple of months old, so everything is up-to-date and should be pretty optimized.
Below is what I got out of the MediaInfo program. I've never used it before so hopefully this is what you need.
Complete name : C:\Users\Erik\Videos\games\SaintsRowTheThird_DX11_2013_06_19_224009_0.wmv
Format : Windows Media
File size : 16.9 GiB
Duration : 1h 15mn
Overall bit rate mode : Variable
Overall bit rate : 32.0 Mbps
Maximum Overall bit rate : 32.3 Mbps
Encoded date : UTC 2013-06-20 03:40:09.830
ID : 1
Format : FVFW
Codec ID : FVFW
Description of the codec : D3DGear Hight Performance Encoder
Duration : 1h 15mn
Bit rate mode : Variable
Bit rate : 31.7 Mbps
Width : 1 280 pixels
Height : 800 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 16:10
Frame rate : 30.000 fps
Bit depth : 8 bits
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 1.031
Stream size : 16.7 GiB (99%)
Language : English (US)
ID : 2
Format : WMA
Format version : Version 2
Codec ID : 161
Codec ID/Info : Windows Media Audio
Description of the codec : Windows Media Audio 9.2 - 320 kbps, 44 kHz, stereo 1-pass CBR
Duration : 1h 15mn
Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 320 Kbps
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Sampling rate : 44.1 KHz
Bit depth : 16 bits
Stream size : 173 MiB (1%)
Language : English (US)
What are you or the program setting as the Premiere Elements 11 project preset? Please see Edit Menu/Project Settings/General and readings for Editing Mode, Timebase, and Frame Size? Probably NTSC/AVCHD/AVCHD-LITE 720p30 would be the closest match. You may have to set the project preset yourself if the program sets it to its default 1080i30 if it cannot recognize the properties of that video when first dragged to the Expert workspace Timeline.
At this point, a combo of factors are probably causing system stress which gets magnified by the file size of 16.9 GB.
a. Video Codec = "FVFW"
b. Atypical frame size 1280 x 800 (16:10) instead of 1280 x 720 (16:9)
c. Maybe a mismatched project setup.
Let me back up on this a little. According to the MediaInfo readout, a D3D Gear High Performance Encoder is involved. Is the following what you are using to record your video?
If so, what are you setting now and what are your alternative settings in the D3D Gear Properties dialog/Movie Tab for:
You say that you can import smaller file sizes of the format that you are currently using. Just what exactly is the smaller file size that you say imports OK? So, if possible, can you import the first half and second half of your 16.9 GB and get that to the Timeline OK in that two, rather than one, process?
Please review and see if any of the above helps. Then we can decide what next.
To back up a little, I'm making a video which is a combination of 1080i AVCHD video from a camcorder and video recorded by D3DGear from a game running on my computer. So the project settings are 1080i, but this is the setting I want based on the dimensions of the camcorder-recorded video that makes up most up the project.
My D3DGear settings are:
Frame rate: 30
Video Codec: Fast MPEG-4 Version 2 Codec
As far as I can tell tell there is no option to automatically split recordings.
I'm willing to give up on this specific recorded video, but if you could help me figure out alternate settings that would allow me to get 1+ hour videos recorded with D3DGear into Premiere in the future, I'd appreciate it.
Thanks for the additional information.
Question for clarification...in your video properties readout, it show frame size 1200 x 800 (16:10).
But in your D3DGear settings, you show 1280 x 720 (16:9).
How did that happen?
But fundamental questions are:
a. Can you export a 1080i project successfully with the .wmv completely out of the equation?
b. Can you export a 1080i project successfully with just short segments of the .wmv?
c. If b is possible, what is the maximum total duration of .wmv that the project will tolerate to go to a successful export completion?
My only guess as to the frame size disparity is that the settings might have been different when the recording was made. It's not a recent recording.
The only way to test different sizes of the .wmv would be to cut it up, which I'd need to be able to import it into Premiere to do. I'll try recording new videos of various lengths/file types so I can test them, but that will take a little while as a 30 minute video will take 30 minutes, a 45 minute video will take 45 minutes, etc. I'll get back to you once I've tried a few different sizes.
I think I may have resolved the issue. By changing the settings in D3DGear to export videos as .avi files, the program both produces much smaller files while automatically splitting them. The result is that an hour of video is now two video files of around 2GB each, which I was able to easily add to a Premiere project.
Thanks so much for your help in figuring out the issue.
Bravo. Great job.
Very impressive troubleshooting there.
Thanks for the follow up which is helpful to all.