Something for you to try.
The quick and very rough way to troubleshoot this...
Before you import your media into the project, set the project preset manually for
Full HD 1080i25 5.1 channel
To do manually set project preset
- Open the project to the Expert workspace, and go to File Menu/New Project and Change Settings.
- In Change Settings, set the project preset to match the properties of the source media. OK out of there.
- In the New Project dialog that opens, rename the project and make sure to have a check mark next to "Force Selected Project Setting on This Project". OK out of there.
Then import your source files into the project by the various means you have tried and found not to work for your purposes.
If that works, then the real workaround...
Premiere Elements does not come with a project preset for PAL AVCHD AVCHD 1080p50 5.1 channel.
But, you can create one for use if the rough way suggests that you need a project preset with 5.1 channel included in its description. Please see details
Please let us know the outcome and then we can decide what next.
Self made preset works.
Is it possible to change old existing projects to this new preset?
Great news. Thanks for the follow up with the outcome.
The Adobe perspective is that you cannot change project settings once they have been established for the new project.
But, I have described a way to do just that in some cases. It involves the editing of the Notepad document of the saved closed project file (.prel).
The approach works in versions earlier than 13.
I would need to adapt what I have done previously to changing your 1080p50 project into a 1080p50 5.1 channel project. I will give that a try to determine if it is a can do task and report back later today.
My first attempt at changing an existing 1080p50 project to 1080p50 5.1 channel project was unsuccessful when I approached it from the Channel Type perspective.
It would probably be best for you to use your new custom 1080p50 5.1 channel project preset to create a new project rather than try to change the old 1080p50 project to 1080p50 5.1 channel using the Notepad editing of the saved closed project file way.
But I will give this another try and report back if there is a key to doing this.
I think it's not a good idea to direct edit project xml. There are many other relations...
I don't understand why no such option as import a project into other one?
If you are using a Windows computer, there are at least two possibilities for the transfer of Timeline content between projects.
1. From project 1, export the Timeline content to file, and then import that export into project 2.
2. Using ClipMate in conjunction with Premiere Elements, do a copy/paste insert between projects.
It has always been the case that the user cannot import one Premiere Elements project file (.prel) into another.
If I am ever successful in isolating the 5.1 channel component in the Notepad edit, I will post the details.
Thanks for exploring the troubleshooting suggestions.