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Trade in your computer for one with dual core processors. No kidding. You won't be happy no matter which video editing application you use.
Windows Movie Maker plays the video OK (however, it doesn't have sufficient features for this project, otherwise I'd use it!) And as mentioned before, Windows Media Player has no trouble either. Is Premiere Elements really so resource-intensive that I'd need a dual-core processor just to play HD video with it? If so, any ideas why Adobe doesn't convey this in the system requirements?
Alternatively, is there any way to degrade the playback quality? I really don't care how high-quality the preview playback is (as long as I have high-quality output); all I want to be able to do is see what footage I'm working with.
Or, would it be possible to help offload CPU usage by getting a better graphics card? Does Premiere Elements take advantage of GPU processing power for playback/rendering/encoding?
Did you render the clip by hitting the Enter key before playing it back?
After hours and hours of searching, I finally figured out the solution shortly before Paul replied: just hit the Enter key!
I was sure it had to be SOMETHING else besides computer hardware, since my computer met all the system requirements. Since there weren't any effects applied, I didn't see what good rendering would do, but I guess I was wrong! :-)
Thanks again Robert and Paul.
Needless to say, editing HDV clips in WMV format is a terribly inefficient way to work. You're essentially asking Premiere Elements to uncompress, assimilate and ultimately convert, on the fly, 1 1/2 million pixels of video information (plus audio) for every frame of your project.
What not work in the native HDV format from the camcorder?
I can't use the camcorder's native HDV format because Premiere Elements doesn't support AVCHD! (ugh!)
And I can't use AVI because it won't show the video in proper widescreen format (the video is squished into fullscreen).
I know it's inefficient, but WMV is the only format I've found that actually works.
I really think this workflow is going to come back to bite you, John. If not during editing, when you try to output your BluRay DVD.
Better solutions? Convert the AVCHD files to MPEG2s.
If you've got Nero, it will do it for free.
Otherwise, here's a great converter.
Thanks for the links. I already purchased a program to convert AVCHD to WMV though ... Why could WMV pose such a problem? Is there a reason why MPEG compression is significantly better than WMV compression?
Premiere Elements, in HDV mode, reads and uses MPEG2s natively. It's part of the program's design and workflow.
With WMVs, the program is constantly uncompressing, converting, recompressing -- and those 1.5 million pixels that create each frame will need to be ultimately redrawn, one frame at a time, when the program creates the final MPEG files for output to disk. This will require massive amounts of unfragmented disk space, take a very long time and, quite possibly, will lock up and crash the program.
MPEG2s, on the other hand, will flow through the program with minimal recompression/recreation.
OK, so does rendering the clip in P.E. convert it to an MPEG? Or does the original clip need to be MPEG for optimal performance?
No. This rendering just pretty much creates a preview file.
There's no substitute for feeding Premiere Elements the optimal source files format.
There is a free utility that will make your AVCHD video compatible with Premiere Elements 4.0 without rerendering it. It will still be AVCHD. It's called tsremux.exe.
But even when you get it into Premiere Elements, AVCHD just isn't suitable for editing and needs to be converted to something else. AVCHD seems to be ahead of its time.
OK, so I spent $50 on Vasst AVCHD UpShift at grisetti steve's suggestion, but when I try to convert my widescreen HD video, it's squished into fullscreen mode. Am I doing something wrong?
Right click on the clip in the Media Bin and select "Interpret Footage", then "Conform To" and select the "HD Anamorphic 1080 (1.333)" preset.
Awesome, thanks Paul LS. This also means I can use AVI now (since those were squished too, but now I can fix that thanks to your tip).
So now the question I have is -- which is the better input source: AVI or MPEG?
For standard definition the best input source for PE4 is DV-AVI, but as DV-AVI does not support high definition resolutions then for high definition HDV MPEG2 is the best input source for PE4.
@Paul LS: Hmm... if AVI is DV only, then why is it that Voltaic HD (my other converter software) can convert my AVCHD footage to 1440x1080 AVI?
@grisetti steve: When I convert the MTS to M2T using Vasst AVCHD UpShift, the last 2 seconds of audio is cut off. I didn't have this problem when using WMV. Do you think this problem is caused by AVCHD UpShift or Premiere Elements?
AVI is a container... you can have many different AVI types. DV-AVI is standard definition. You are refering to Voltaic HD which allows you to convert AVCHD into a HD AVI or WMV. PE4 could well handle the Voltaic HD AVI... give it a try.
Not sure why AVCHD UpShift is cutting off the last few seconds of audio. If you play the .m2t file in a mediaplayer do you have the last few seconds of audio??
When I play the m2t file in Windows Media Player, all the audio is there, but the playback is often choppy and/or out-of-sync.
When I play the m2t file in Premiere Elements, the last 2 seconds of
audio are gone, but besides that the clip plays back OK.
OK, so the audio is there when I play the .m2t files in Windows Media Player, WinDVD, and VLC Player. So it appears that Premiere Elements is at fault with cutting off the last 2 seconds of audio. Any ideas as to why this is happening?
Try changed the file extension to mpeg.
Changing the extension to mpeg didn't work, unfortunately...
Any other suggestions? Thanks again.
Hello, I appear to be having issues similar to John, so thought I would post my questions here rather than start a new topic. If I need to go elsewhere, let me know! I have a Dell that is a couple of years old but which meets system requirements, Premiere Elements 4, and a Canon HV20 HDV camera. I recorded some video at 1080i and imported it into PE4. As I suspected (due to the age of my PC), the clip is very choppy. I would like to downgrade it to a lower resolution so I can edit it. From what I have read so far, it is not possible to downgrade it in the camera or PE4. Do I need to get software to perform this task? Can I still use PE4 to import the HD file so I can work on it with the downgrading software?
"Did you render the clip by hitting the Enter key before playing it back?"
Thank you, PaulLS, for posting this comment! This solved my problem as well.
I was experiencing severely choppy playback in Premiere Elements 4 and went through several different video codecs before I was about ready to pull out my hair. In the end, it was a simple keypress (which I was not aware was needed maybe I skimmed over it in the tutorial) which made the playback as smooth as butter.
The rendering process takes a while, but it seems you only have to do it once for each project.
I was about ready to reinstall Premiere Elements glad it was a simple solution.
For technical reference, I am working with files with the H.264 codec on a AMD 2.5 Ghz dual-core machine and I am using the K-lite basic codec pack.
To A Malhotra:
About not being able to downgrade your HDV in the Canon HV20:
Did you check the manual? I own a HV30 and have understood that it is similar to the HV20 in many aspects.
The HV30 can certainly downgrade HDV footage to DV.
For the HV30:
Switch to Camera Mode.
In the Play/Out Setup Menu:
Choose the DV OUTPUT submenu.
Select DV LOCKED.
Now connect your camera to the computer through Firewire.
All footage will be down converted and captured as DV-AVI by PE.
It must work (nearly) the same way with the HV20.
If not, try the Userforum http://www.hv20.com