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Why did you split your miniDV footage into a vob video and audio file?
Video captured over FireWire from a miniDV camcorder is the ideal input for Premiere Elements. It should give excellent results, whatever you output.
VOB and MPEG videos, however, when used as source files, have interlacing issues, which can cause jumpiness if you're not using the right project settings.
What are your actual source files and how are you getting them from your camcorder into Premiere Elements?
On my Sony Camcorder, I just finalized the disk and put it in my dvd drive of my computer. Then took the VOB files and tried to convert them with another program, but had bad results.
Are you saying I should not do it this way, and instead connect the camcorder to my pc directly to download the video? What is the difference between transferring it via firewire and finalizing the disk and copy the vob files to premier elements?
Your original post said you were working with miniDV footage, hy. MiniDVD footage is very different.
To work with DVD footage, you need to start a project and select, from project settings, the settings for a DVD or hard drive camcorder. Then, when you import the files from your camcorder, the program will automatically correct the interlacing problem and your DVD outputs should no longer be jiggly.
Could be wrong, but I think that the OP meant "mini DVD," for the Sony Handicam.
Yes. I think you're right.
Ok, I think I see what you are saying.
So generally, are results better when you download recorded material directly off the camcorder as opposed to finalizing the disk, putting it in the dvd drive of the computer, and opening the files with Premier Elements off the finalized disk?
Yes. The less conversions you take your video through, the better the results.
The ideal workflow is to capture the video from a camcorder as DV-AVIs. This is what you get when you capture miniDV over FireWire. Other video sources can be captured as DV-AVIs if you use a DV bridge such as the ADS Pyro AV Link.
My computer has a firewire port. The sony camcorder I have (dvd405) has a mini usb port. When I tried to connect the camcorder to my pc's usb port, Premier Elements kept saying it could not located the camcorder. do I need to get a connector that has mini usb on one end and firewire on the other?
Premiere Elements will not capture over USB only Firewire. If your camcorder is a DVD camcorder you need to put the DVD in your computers DVD drive and use the Media Downloader option in PE.
I have the Sony DVD305 and here is the download process that I use with excellent results:
If you want to use the USB to PC connection:
~ Use the supplied Sony software (Picture Package) to download to your PC.
~ The resulting format will be Mpeg.
~ Import this Mpeg to Windows Movie Maker (WMM).
~ Export from WMM as DV-AVI, taking standard defaults.
~ Import this DV-AVI into PE.
If you want to use the Mini-Disc (VOB's):
~ Finalize in camcorder.
~ Copy VOB's to PC.
~ Concantenate VOB's to fix audio/video sync issues.
~ See this link for combining VOB's: http://muvipix.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=2469
~ I have found if you don't combine VOB's the audio/video sync gets screwed up !
~ Import VOB to PE.
~ You can try editing VOB's within PE with limited results.
~ For Best Results:
~ Use Share within PE to covert VOB to DV-AVI.
~ Import this DV-AVI back into PE and your on your way.
The process above is not pretty, but after much trial and error, if I follow it through, editing within PE is excellent, and my PE projects have excellent playback results...
Excellent summary kodebuster :)