I could find no specs on a Panasonic SDR-H100 camcorder.
How did you convert the video from MPEG to AVI? That can be tricky business unless you know what you're doing. There are literally thousands of types of AVIs and lots of different PARs, and converting a video can often make it LESS rather than more compatible with the program.
That said, you're using a fairly primitive version of Premiere Elements. Versions prior to version 11 require you to manually set up your project for your video -- and the program wasn't very forgiving about allowing you to change the settings you do.
Unfortunately, because you've started with video that I can't find any specs on and you converted it to a format that may or may not be using a compatible codec and PAR, I'm just not sure what to recommend.
Thanks for the quick reply - sorry I was away. The Panasonic Camcorder is
also a bit old but it works. The manual says the videos produced are
Compression MPEG-2. The files when transferred to the computer have four
parts for each scene shot- they are labeled xxxxx.cont, xxxxx.mpg,
xxxxx.pmpd, and xxxxx.tmb. I have no idea what all this means. The
converted files are just one file, xxxxx.avi. Converter software is
Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate(Build188.8.131.52).
Now I am willing to start over (original video files are still on the
Camcorder hard drive).if you can suggest what I should do. My sole purpose
here is to import the files into Photoshop Premiere Elements so I can edit
and put on DVD. I plan on shopping for a new camcorder and expect it would
be wise to upgrade Photoshop also. I just want to be sure that whatever I
do will help me work with the existing files as well as improve future
situations. By the way, can I purchase an upgrade for my existing
Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements programs or must I just purchase
Can you provide me a step by step procedure to get the existing MPEG files
into Photoshop Premiere even if it includes new Premiere Software? In
addition to still being on the Camcorder, they are on my computer hard
drive as MPEG files. Computer uses Windows 7
On Sun, Oct 23, 2016 at 5:59 PM, Steve Grisetti <firstname.lastname@example.org>
What's odd is that that old style camcorder produces MOD files at 704x480 rather than traditional 720x480. There's just way to get that format of video to fit in a 4:3 or 16:9 video frame.
And, as i said, the challenge with working with version 7 of Premiere Elements is that it required you to manually set up your project and then would not allow you to change it after you did. So if you didn't get it right the first time, your project would give you all kinds of problems.
You can try starting a new project and, for your project settings, selecting the option for Hard Disk Camcorder, Standard 48khz 720x480, and seeing what it does with that video. It may work -- or it may not. But that's probably as close as you can get.
As for converting the video, I still very much recommend against it unless you truly know what you're doing and you know how to get the video to come out as 720x480 0.9 PAR at 29.97 fps. using the DV-AVI codec. Otherwise you'll be worse off than just using the footage directly from the camcorder.
You're kind of double-handicapping yourself here, Ron. You're using a camcorder that shoots in a difficult to work with format in a version of the program that is difficult to set up and isn't very forgiving when you get it wrong.
Well thanks for your insight. I tried importing to Premiere version 7 as a
new project using the project settings you suggested but it still wasn't
accepted. I also downloaded a trial version of Premiere version 15 and
tried to import the file but it also said the file could not be imported.
So I don't have any further hope of using Premiere for editing. Thanks
again for your efforts.
On Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 12:40 PM, Steve Grisetti <email@example.com>