2 Replies Latest reply on Jul 21, 2015 11:45 AM by A.T. Romano

    Video quality is transferred poorly from AVCHD camera to Premiere Elements 8


      Hey there!


      So I have a certain problem with Adobe Premiere Elements 8 that I would like to ask about. See, I have a Sony Handycam HDR-PJ810 that I record in HD quality with. Two weeks ago I recorded my brothers wedding in high definition, and just recently I started trying to transfer the recorded data from the camera to Premiere Elements, in order to try and edit the footage. The problem, however, is that the video that shows up in Elements after the transfer is done is of substaintially worse quality than anything recorded in high definition. When I try transferring the footage from the camera to another program I have installed on my computer, called PlayMemories, the footage is transferred flawlessly. Though seeing as Adobe Premiere Elements 8 is of obvious higher quality as an editing tool, I suspect that I am doing something wrong when I transfer the footage from the camera to Premiere Elements.


      If I were to describe the kind of look the washed down footage seems to get in Premiere Elements, I would say that it looks smudgier, blockier and blurred out. Just overall bad quality.


      Does anyone have an idea of what I might be doing wrong?


      Thanks in advance!



        • 1. Re: Video quality is transferred poorly from AVCHD camera to Premiere Elements 8
          Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

          You don't say how you're judging the quality of Premiere Elements' video -- whether you're just playing the timeline or you've output and, if the latter, what output settings you're using and what media player you're using to view it.


          But the biggest challenge is that version 8 of Premiere Elements does not interface well with AVCHD. That didn't happen until version 10 (and then got even better in version 11).


          But that said, this workflow will give you the best possible results:

          1) Make sure your camcorder is set to record 1920x1080 AVCHD.

          2) Start a new Premiere Elements project and ensure that you've selected the settings for Full AVCHD 1920x1080. (You can't change your project settings mid-project, so you need to do this when you first start your project.)

          3) Connect your camcorder via USB and use Premiere Elements' Get Media/From AVCHD or Other Hard Drive Camcorder to get the video from your camcorder to your computer.

          4) Once you've finished editing your video, output your video using Share/Personal Computer/Windows Media using the HD 1080 30 preset. Play your output video on the excellent, free VLC Media Player.


          As I've said, the biggest problem is that version 8 was built back before anyone knew how to edit AVCHD video. There's not an AVCHD Share output setting! But this is will give you the best possible throughput from version 8.


          My advice? Upgrade to, at the very least, version 11. Current versions of the program work much more effectively with AVCHD -- and, in fact, even set up the project settings automatically, based on the footage you feed into it.


          Otherwise, you'll be living compromised video. Premiere Elements 8 is unfortunately ancient history, video-wise.

          • 2. Re: Video quality is transferred poorly from AVCHD camera to Premiere Elements 8
            A.T. Romano Level 7



            In replying to your other thread just now

            Re: Adobe Premiere Elements 8 - Adobe Photo Downloader freezes!

            I have included comments about you using Premiere Elements 8.0/8.0.1 to edit your AVCHD video.


            I believe that Premiere Elements 8.0/8.0.1 can be used successfully for your current video project provided we factor in the way the program is setup and

            certain computer resources issues associated with the high resource demands of editing the AVCHD format. And, if you are going to export your Timeline content to a file saved to the computer hard drive, I would go with Share/Personal Computer/MPEG instead of Share/Personal Computer/Windows Media in spite of the smaller file size that you would expect to get from the Windows Media choice.


            If computer resources proves an issue, many using 8.0/8.0.1 convert the AVCHD to MPEG2.mpg (a less resource demanding format) before the file is imported into Premiere Elements 8.0/8.0.1. Burn to disc in 8.0/8.0.1 needs more considerations when it comes to larger projects and burn to Blu-ray disc format on Blu-ray disc.