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This is usually a problem with the Virtual Mememory/Paging file, not the RAM. It happens when there are too many very large still images or too many video clips of types other than DV-AVI. You may want to convert your video files with Windows Movie Maker first or use smaller projects that you can combine together after you are finished editing. I don't often have any Premiere Elements projects over 15 minutes or so, even though the finished DVD might be an hour or more.
I agree with you, Chuck, that the biggest issue is using that non-DV codec video file from a still camera. Converting the file to a DV-AVI using MovieMaker will likely resolve most of his problems.
Optimizing Vista can help too.
Amazing what you can find in the FAQs at the top of this forum, isn't it?
1 -- There is probably alternate choice if you do not want to convert all the SD870 video clips. There are threads both here and in other forums where people who are using MJPEG video have solved its problems in Premiere Elements by downloading and installing an MJPEG codec.
The FAQ at
discusses both the convert to DV-AVI and the install an MJPEG codec approaches.
2 -- The comments suggesting that each Premiere Elements project be shorter and that Vista be optimized is still relevant even with the addition of a MJPEG codec. In fact, you might need to use them in addition to the action from my referenced FAQ.
I'm sorry if my questions sounds stupid but you kind of have to know what you are looking for before you can find it. I am a mom of a 3 year old and my time is very finite. I appreciate you guys' suggestions immensely because I have spent some time researching and not finding these solutions. I am also wondering what you mean about working with smaller projects and then combining them? I am just using the timeline and am dropping the files in. Is there a way to do this differently?
I am definitely going to look into that codec approach.
Boy, those FAQs at the top of this forum have everything!
The community/forum at muvipix.com has quite a few new and young Moms that love to help out other Moms. Stop by and say hello, I'm sure you will enjoy it, make some new friends and learn a lot about Premiere Elements http://muvipix.com/phpBB3/
There are also lots of free articles and tutorials that will help, check out the Products/Complimentary pages :)