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Thanks Geoffrey - worked like magic for me, after a week of useless troubleshooting!
Just a week of hassle??? ;-) Glad it worked for you too!
Why doesn't Adobe fix this obvious bug? There is no file which should cause Premiere to hang. If the format is wrong, display an error and quit.
It's pretty embarrassing to Adobe that Windows Movie Maker is the solution!
I had to use Roxio to import my video because I encountered common Premiere Elements bug where it gives an error "unknown recorder error" and stops importing video.
Now Premiere Elements hangs generating the peak file.
Thanks for Geoff's tips.
I spent days trying to fix the hang problem when output my PE4 project to DVD or export to DV AVI but no luck. The avi files used in the PE4 project were converted by WinDV from my Panasonic mini DV tapes. It works fine in the past 6 months but don't know why it hang this time after spending hours to edit 10 avi files in one project.
My next question is how to ensure future converting mini DV tapes to avi files work perfectly with PE4 ? Should I keep using WinDV or other better tools to convert tapes to avi files ?
There really is no conversion from miniDV to DV-AVI, Hoi. If you're capturing over FireWire, there should not be any hang time. The process of inputting the video from the camcorder should take about half a second.
You can input via PE4 and it *should* be ok. I find that it's actually easier to import and do the rough cutting with windows movie maker and then do the fine work with PE4. Whether you use PE4, MM, or WinDV - if there's a problem with the peak file, then just do the same thing and rebuild the file. It looks like this is only a problem with panasonic dv's.
This is so helpful. First I thought it was my computer's problem. After adding memory and hard drives, I still had the same issue. Then I upgraded from C3 to C4. It didn't cure. Finally, I read this thread. It solved my problem. Thanks.