I've had a great experience using this program through 4 versions over 6 years. I tried a couple others and didn't like them.
I just spent parts of 10 days working on a travel summary from a trip as a Christmas gift for my wife. (She got more important things too!) According to the counter, 480 files were involved and the 23 minute output file was 16GB. It was all in 4K. There were no bugs or hiccups other than a couple of my own mistakes.
1. Set the default duration before you import your photos. After that, it is one at a time.
2. Right click and select, Delete and Close Gap.
3. I've never used the Quick mode. You shouldn't need to close the gap that way.
4. Normally the cause of that is there is a stray clip or sliver of a clip somewhere. Try using the PgDn key to skip from a clip to the next clip. Do it at what you think is the end.
5. Can't explain that without more detail. I've not seen it happen. You may have inadvertently copied an "effect" and pasted it to others.
Video editing is considerably different than anything else I've done with a computer. I spent a year trying to figure it out. One day in frustration I spent $25 on an online course. A hour or so a day, and a week later it all made sense.
My suggestion, tip or work around is to NOT buy the course until you've take a course, read a book or otherwise figured out how it is supposed to work. Intuitive trial and error based on your favorite word processing program is only going to cause confusion and frustration.
There are only 4 or 5 good products that compete in the under $100 market. I would be happy to list them for you if that is where you want to go. They are all about the same in terms of power and complexity. I've not found any of them to have the learning/training resources available that Premier Elements has.
Good luck with your projects!
Cheers, thanks for your reply!
As far as right clicking on a blank space, delete and close gap was greyed out and there were no extra tracks above or below the track in question and it got really annoying quickly. Especially as it happened basically at random.
Thanks for the tip about using page down to find any last piece of clip.
Even after ticking render workspace only and the preview showing that the clip would be 6 mins long, it still rendered at 12 mins long with 6 mins of blank space. No video, no sound!
Thanks for your input though!
Actually I found some purple filled-in boxes on video track 10 & 11 that were up to 12 mins long, while my project was only 6 mins long.
They were really hidden and I did not put them there myself. They were automatically added and look like it was these that were causing my problems. I had no reason to scroll to video track 10 or 11 as I was only using 1 video track and 1 separate audio track.
I'm not sure why they were automatically added without any notification or why they were added to video track 10 & 11 instead of 2 & 3 where they would be more easily spotted!
Just in case this might help someone else in the same situation!