What model of camcorder is your video coming from and what format and resolution is it? How did you get this video from the camcorder to your computer?
Are all of your audio files WAV files? (MP3s can jam up the program, and music downloaded from sites like iTunes have their own issues.)
How long is your project?
Also note that, prior to version 11, the program required you to manually set up the project to match your video specs. (Since version 11, the program does this automatically.) Look under Project Settings, under the Edit menu, and post also to your reply the settings listed on the General page. A mismatch of project settings and video specs can cause the program to perform very inefficiently.
Hi, Steve. Thanks for the reply. The answers are:
What model of camcorder is your video coming from and what format and resolution is it?
The camcorder is a Panasonic HC-V700. It's AVCHD and has 1920 x 1080.
I've used video shot with it for the last few years on Premiere Elements 10 with no difficulty.
How did you get this video from the camcorder to your computer?
I connect the camera by USB cable and use the "Get media" function.
Are all of your audio files WAV files?
I don't use any separate audio files, just whatever comes with the video file.
How long is your project?
I've tried different files, the shortest just a couple of seconds, but with no luck.
Post also to your reply the settings listed on the General page. A mismatch of project settings and video specs can cause the program to perform very inefficiently.
I choose pre-set settings from the Share menu, under "Computer" and then either "MPEG" or "Adobe Flash Video". I don't use the "Advanced" settings. In the past I've successfully used "HDTV 1080i 25 High Quality" in MPEG and "F4V - HD 1080p (Flash 9 and Higher" in Adobe Flash Video.
The settings on the general page are:
Editing mode: HD 1080i
Timebase: 25,00 frames/second
Frame size 1920 x 1080
Square pixels (1.0)
Fields: No fields (progressive scan)
Display format: 25 fps Timecode
Title Safe Area 20% horizontal 20% vertical
Action safe area 10% horizontal 10% vertical
Audio sample rate: 48000 Hz
Display format: Audio samples
Things seem to be in good order. I assume you've also got the most recent version of Quicktime, per the program's requirements.
When you add an AVCHD to the timeline, do you see a red or yellow-orange line above the clip, along the top of the timeline? Can you post a picture of your timeline with some clips added to it but no effects or transitions added to these clips?
By the way, these clips were added from a folder, not straight from the camera.
You're in Sceneline mode. Can you post a picture of your timeline in Timeline mode?
Once again, all seems in order and there's nothing that would indicate a problem editing or outputting your video.
If you haven't uninstalled/reinstalled the program since installing El Capitan, that might be worth doing.
It's possible El Capitan doesn't like running such an old program -- but that shouldn't be the case.
Still, the program seems set up correctly and I don't see anything that would indicate any problems with the program or your video.
The setting you posted:
editing mode 1080i
That is inconsistent
And export is interlaced.
Could you post a clip properties with MediaInfo Mac in tree view.
Error compiling movie is a tricking error.
Determine at what percentage it crashes. That is usually a spot in the timeline to fix