I know first hand that Premiere Elements 11 does work well on my Lenovo laptop which had Windows 8 and now has Windows 8.1. Premiere Elements 12 is another story for another time.
Let us go through the drill.
1. Do you have the latest version of QuickTime installed on the laptop along with Premiere Elements 11? What are your computer resources?
2. What are the properties of these .mov files. MOV is just the file extension. What is the video and audio compression, frame size, frame rate, pixel aspect ratio. What brand/model camera did these .mov files come from?
3. If you have not already, import the video into the project by way of the Premiere Elements 11 Expert workspace (with a project preset set by you or the program to match the properties of your source media). When you do that, a copy of the file is automatically placed in the Elements Organizer 11. Not Elements Organizer, first.
The keys are:
1. Know the properties of your source media? Use a MediaInfo properties readout if you do not know. Work from an optimized computer.
2. Set the project preset to match the properties of your source media.
3. Then import your file with Add Media/Files and Folder/Project Assets. If you are using the SD card, are you using Add Media/DVD camera or computer drive?
4. Do you have an orange line over that Timeline, if so stop and report back.
Let us start here and decide what next. Details are important.
1. I believe I have the most recent version of Quick Time installed and Premiere. I just got that. Here are my computer resources:
AMD E-300 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics and 1.30 GHz
3.60 GB of useable Ram
640-bit Operating System, x64-based processor
And I'm sorry, I actually have an HP Laptop. I have no idea how in the world I got them confused! Haha!
2. I believe the brand of the camera was a Canon, my friend was the one who took the videos and he lives 4 hours away, so sadly I don't have them on hand, my apologies! Here are the properties of one of my .MOV files:
Frame width: 1280
Frame height: 720
Data rate: 30340 kbps
Total bitrate: 31113 kbps
Frame rate: 25 frames/second
Size: 52.0 MB
Those are all the details that the file showed me when I went to details in the properties. I also don't seem to have an orange line on the timeline.
I have done that, I actually started in Premiere Elements first and added media in the way you said, I tried adding it in Organizer first after my beginning attempt. And I originally started with a memory card and thought that was my problem to the choppiness, so I did put the videos on my computer and added them using the files option.
I think that's my problem, I haven't really gone in and changes the presets...I tried after reading this but couldn't find it. I'll have to look harder, you have been extremely helpful! Thank you for your time and detailed instructions!!
Thanks for the additional information. Based on what you wrote:
1. Set your Premiere Elements 11 project preset manually (for now, just to make sure it gets done correctly). Based on the properties of the source media that you described, the project preset should be:
AVCHD LITE 720p25
To set the project preset manually
a. Open a new project
b. Go to the File Menu/New/Project
c. In the New Project dialog, set the project preset to
AVCHD LITE 720p25
d. Before you exit the New Project dialog, make sure to have a check mark next to "Force Selected Project Setting on This Project".
e. Then back in the Premiere Elements 11 workspace, import your 720p25 file into the project via Add Media/Files and Folders/Project Assets from where you drag your 720p25 to the Expert workspace Timeline.
Do not bother importing the 720p25 into the Elements Organizer 11 first. Let it get into the Elements Organizer 11 automatically when the 720p25 is imported into Premiere Elements workspace.
There should be no orange line over the Timeline content. (Note: I am not referring to the orange line that runs horizontally across the middle of the Timeline content. That is called the rubberband and typically represents the video Opacity.)
Key to project preset phase of the workflow is to set it to match the properties of your source media. There is only one project preset per project. Consequently if you have a mix of source media each with different properties, then the moment of deciding on priorities pops up.
We will be watching for your results.