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What are the video formats your working with in PE4 ???
I ask this because if they are Mpeg type files, PE4 will have issues.
Best is to convert format to DV-AVI as imported media.
BTW, I'm running PE4 with Vista on the same exact hardware with no problems (with DV-AVI type files).
Mpeg type files will hang or crash PE4 on my system in a heart beat...
Yup .... I am using Mpeg files ..... video taken on my sony MINI DVD camcorder ... From idvid:
Width: 720 pixels
Height: 480 pixels
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Duration: 00:01:53 hours/mins/secs
Framerate: 29.970 frames per second
Video format: MPEG2
Video bitrate: 2946000 bits per second
Audio track 1 (Stream 0.1, AID 128):
Bitrate: 256000 bits per second
Sampling rate: 48000 Hz
Audio is compliant with the following formats:
256000 bps 48khz AC3 DVD (Dolby Digital)
Video is compliant with the following formats:
2946000 bps 29.970 fps MPEG2 NTSC DVD
You can burn this video to NTSC DVD
So ... you're saying I should 'convert' to DV-AVI ??? Will there be any loss in quality??
Rob, welcome to the Mpeg/PE4 horror show, I feel like we are almost brothers...LOL...
It turns out that I also have the Mini-DVD from Sony, which will only upload to a PC in Mpeg.
Here's the fix that I use:
~ After uploading Mpeg to your PC, import to Windows Movie Maker (WMM).
~ WMM comes standard with Vista.
~ Import Mpeg to WMM, export as DV-AVI (just take the standard DV-AVI defaults).
~~~ You can then import this DV-AVI into PE4 and your home free.
What I have found is that PE4 will work okay with small Mpeg Projects, but once the timeline gets large, or you add lots of transitions or effects, PE4 will either hang or abend.
Once converted to AVI, PE4 is quite stable and works like a charm.
Downside is that it's time consuming for this extra step and AVI files chew up disk space like a banchi, but DV-AVI works great with PE4...
Regarding any quality issues on converting to DV-AVI using the method I descibed above, as far as my old tired eyes can tell, the quality loss is slight, if any.
To be honest, I can't see any difference between the Mpeg and converted DV-AVI, although I'm sure something is probably lost in the conversion.
Perhaps one of the experts can chime in on quality loss and converting between formats.
If my eyes can't see it, then as far as I'm concerned, it's okay...
Thanks I'll need to give that a shot .... So it's just the "presence" of MPGs ??? The last time it crashed .. 10 minutes ago .. I was editing a title page. Sigh ...
I've got a lot invested in this project right now .... I'll need to push through with frequent saves ... but the next one I will definitely convert my MPEGs ro DV-AVI ....
What you can try to alliviate stress on your current project is:
~ go to SHARE and export the entire timeline in PE4 to DV-AVI.
~ then import the AVI file into PE4 and continue work.
~ what I think is, if converted in this manner, transitions and effects to date will then be embedded in the converted AVI, so you'll lose the ability to change these (easily) on the converted AVI.
~ but new effects added to this AVI can be edited or changed.
~ this should allow PE4 to become much more stable and guard against losing everything.
Good Luck (and stay away from those Mpeg's...LOL...)