Is all of this footage from a camcorder? You're not using footage downloaded from the internet or ripped from a commercial recording (like iTunes), right?
That said, what are your Project Settings, as listed under the Edit menu? What is the frame rate and resolution of your source video?
Prior to version 11, Premiere Elements needed to be set up manually to match the specs of your source media -- and it did not mix different formats of media well.
But try using Publish & Share/Computer/MPEG with the DVD Widescreen preset to output your video. If it's possible to output this way, I can show you a workaround that will get your DVD burnt.
But my initial thought is that this combination of clips is simply not going to work in version 9. But it's worth a try.
Thanks Steve. The footage is from a camcorder and two different iPhones, hence the different clip formats. There are no internet or ripped clips. I use the default project settings and I can't answer your question about frame rate and resolution. What I can tell you is that I have made successful DVDs from the same three source cameras in the past and they have all burnt just fine. I've already tried what you suggest (ie save to computer as MPEG) but it crashed at around 60% done.
There are not default settings, Nicholas. So please let us know what the Project Settings are under the Edit menu. That's vital information for troubleshooting this project.
Also, please open each of your source videos in the free download Media Info and then post to this forum the resolution, frame rate and audio and video codecs listed.
As I say, you're biggest challenge is that version 9 just doesn't do mixes of video well, particularly when those video specs don't match the project settings. I don't know why it worked before, but that's certainly why it won't now.
You'd likely have better success with a post-version 11 version of the program. Though, even still, those Mac formats might confuse the program a bit so you may have to set up your project manually. But at least in newer versions of the program you'll have much more success mixing formats.
Hi Steve - thanks agin for your time and understanding. Here are the Project settings I used:
Editing mode: Quick Time DV PAL
Timebase: 25:00 frames/sec
Frame size: 720 horizontal, 576 vertical
Pixel aspect ratio: D1?DV PAL Widescreen 16:9
Fields: Lower field first
Display format: 25 fps timecode
Title safe area: 20% horizontal; 20% vertical
Action safe area: 10% horizontal; 10% vertical
Audio sample rate: 48000 Hz
Audio display format: Audio samples
Capture format: DV
Previews: File format – QuickTime DV PAL
Compressor: DV25 PAL
Optimize stills - ticked
The other info you asked for from Media-Info analysis is:
For the MOV files: Stream 0 Codec: h264; Stream 1 Codec: aac; frame rate 23.99 fps; the analysis does not show anything for 'resolution' but shows Pixael format: yuv420p
For the mp4 files: Stream 0 Codec aac; Stream Codec: h264; frame rate 25 fps; resoltuion: Pixel format: yuv420p
For the m4v files: Stream 0 Codec aac; Stream 1 Codec: h264; frame rate: 50 fps; resolution: Pixel format: yuv420p
I'm not sure that I've got all that you need but I hope this helps!
Those files will DEFINITELY feel a whole lot smoother through version 11, 12, 13 or 14 of Premiere Elements, Nick. In fact, as I've said earlier, I'm really surprised all of your version 9 projects haven't choked on them. So I'm not sure what to recommend to get the program to work on this project.
Although the absolute BEST solution would be to purchase Quicktime Pro from Apple.com. If you regularly work with these types of files and you want to edit them in Premiere Elements, it will be the best $29.95 you've ever spent.
Quicktime Pro will convert these files into DV-MOV or even DV-AVI files, the easiest format to edit in Premiere Elements. (DV-MOVs and DV-AVIs are virtually identical files.) The conversion won't affect the quality of the video, and in fact should improve the quality of the output you get from Premiere Elements.
Although I don't see any indication of the resolution of your video files. (Are these 720x576 standard resolution or 1920x1080 high-def?) So there may be a file format and Premiere Elements project setting that's more apt for your video.
Thanks Steve. I will definitely go the Quicktime Pro route and take it from there. I really do appreciate all the time and good advice. Thanks again!