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Since it's a .wmv file I would use Movie Maker to do the simple editing you're doing.
Sorry I wish I could help you but I was having the same problem myself.
I hope I can figire this out on my own and if I can't I will check back for updates.
I'm with Ed. Use Windows MovieMaker to edit this file and your results will be excellent.
If you edit the file in Premiere Elements, it will need to be rendered as an AVI before the program can work with it (even if you plan to output it a WMV at the end) and AVIs are much, much larger.
For efficient editing in native WMV format, there's just no substitute for MovieMaker.
Thanks for the replies. I imported a test .wmv file into Windows Movie Maker and am testing.
My source .wmv file is only 2 MB, and is about 20 minutes long. (Again the video portion of this movie is just PPT slides, so not much action).
I dragged the clips onto the story line, saved the project and went to save the movie. I chose the default (for playback on my computer). The dialog box told me it would create a file about 43 MB, I believe at 720 x 480, 30 FPS. A lot bigger file size than what I started with, but I just wanted to test so I went ahead. (Some of the other file formats seemed to shrink the image size down so much that I was afraid the PPT slides wouldn't be readable.) But again, this is just a test to see what this setting renders.
The problem is that after 40 minutes, the dialog shows only 1% complete, and over 1300 minutes (and climbing) remaining to save this file. This can't really be right - can it? The problem is, in this whole time, the % complete hasn't changed and the time remaining keeps on climbin.
I have an 80 GB hard drive, with 30 GB free space. I also have 4 GB of RAM and a 1.83 Ghz Intel processor. Any ideas on what to try next?
If you edit the file in MovieMaker, you'll probably have the resources to do it.
But, if you edit it in Premiere Elements, the program will need to assimilate the file as a DV-AVI (about 4 gigabytes for every 20 minutes) ad use many more gigabytes of scratch disk space -- which means you'll likely be a bit tight for space on an 80 gig C drive.