What version of Premiere Elements do you have? What computer operating system is involved?
Generalizing for now...
There are two types of rendering in Premiere Elements.
1. Timeline rendering which you use to get the best possible preview of your Timeline content as it plays back in the Edit area monitor.
This does not fix problems, but it is your window of opportunity to catch a problem sooner than later. It is especially useful when working with effects, transitions, titles, and non native video formats. Longer story for next time.
a. If you have an orange line over your Timeline content, Timeline rendering is indicated to get the best possible preview.
b. You do that by hitting the Enter key, going to Timeline Menu/Render Work Area, or hitting the Render button above the Timeline.
c. You do not have to do this type of rendering. The program lets you continue without doing it. But, as I said, consider "window of opportunity".
2. Exporting (sometimes referred to as rendering) the project's Timeline content to a file saved to the computer hard drive or a burn to disc (DVD-VIDEO on DVD disc, AVCHD on DVD disc, or Blu-ray disc format on Blu-ray disc. Important. "1" and "2" are two different processes.
a. The export opportunities are in the sharing section of the version - in Premiere Elements 14, Export & Share, in Premiere Elements 11 to 13/13.1, in Publish+ Share.
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I am using Premier Elements 12 and the OS is Windows 7.0.
does "render" work for only the current clip? or for all the video?
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When you have Premiere Elements 12/12.1 opened to the Expert workspace, look to the Timeline and the tracks. Let us focus on Video 1/Audio 1.
Above the Timeline is a gray horizontal strip called Work Area Bar which is associated with two gray tabs. These gray tabs are in a default positions before you add media. After you add media, the right gray tab automatically goes to the end of the last file that you have taken to the Timeline. The left gray tab stays at the beginning of the Timeline. In this setup of gray tabs, you have the gray tabs spanning the duration of the Timeline content (1 clip or more).
If there is an orange line over the Timeline content (indicating that it needs Timeline rendering to get the best possible preview), the Timeline rendering will apply to whatever is between those two gray tabs.
If you decide to Timeline render just a portion of the whole, then you place the gray tabs to span just that section.
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