Premiere Elements 12 on Windows 8.1 assumed 64 bit. Have you updated 12 to 12.1 using an opened project's Help Menu/Updates.
Please excuse the mentions, but I will mention the following just in case so as not to take anything for granted....
I am assuming that you are working with firewire connection and NTSC set up...
If you are doing DV data capture firewire into the Premiere Elements capture window, your Add Media = DV Camcorder. But before you select DV Camcorder, make sure that the project preset is set for NTSC DV Standard or Widescreen to agree with the DV data recording 4:3 or 16:9. See Edit Menu/Project Settings/General. If not, then you set the project preset manually according to the following before you select Add Media = DV Camcorder.
- 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.
- Back in the Expert workspace, import your source media using Add Media/ choice.
If you are doing HDV data capture firewire into the Premiere Elements capture window, your Add Media = HDV Camcorder. But before you select HDV Camcorder, make sure that the project preset is set for NTSC HDV HDV 1080i30 to agree with the HDV data. See Edit Menu/Project Settings/General. If not, then you set the project preset manually according to the instructions above before you select Add Media = HDV Camcorder.
If for some reason, Premiere Elements captures fail, you can consider capturing in another program and then importing the split clips into the project with the project's Add Media/Files and Folders.
HDVSplit HDVSplit 0.77 beta
Also, please refer to Adobe Premiere Elements 11 * Capture video
Please consider. Any questions or need clarification on the above, please ask.
I'm sorry for not responding to your excellent reply sooner. I had tried all combinations of DV/HDV in project settings and capture, including yours. But I managed to borrow an old DV camcorder and import the clip that way.
Now, I have edited about 40-50 movies of my kids when they were young and realized that one of my video players complains the file format to be corrupt. It appears that Premiere Elements saves .mp4 files incorrectly. Most players do play the files without complains though.
appears that Premiere Elements saves .mp4 files incorrectly. Most players do play the files without complains though.
Saves? You mean plays?
When a file plays in vlc or wmp it does not automatically means it will play nice in PE. PE is not a videoplayer its a video-editor.
Post a screenshot of a clip in MediaInfo Windows in treeview.
On a sidenote: if one want to capture dv or hdv on windows 7 or 8, one usually has to set the firewire driver to legacy.
Changing setting should be done without the camera being attached to pc. Otherwise pc wont see the settings.
Connecting the camera to pc should always be done with the camera off. The firewire on the camera side in not hotswappable.
I'm sorry for my limited vocabulary. By "saves" I meant creating a video file from my project after editing. The final video file in .mp4 format will play nicely in most video players, but at least one (don't remember which though) opened a warning dialog box saying the file was corrupt.
Just stick to the vlc player that is all you need.
Yeah, VLC is a great video player... today. But I'm a little worried about the future. In 30 years when my kids hopefully have kids of their own, will they be able to play the files? Hopefully.
30 years from now imo there will be no vlc, mp4 etc.
We will be watching video (or whatever it called then) in a whole different way.