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Does this only start happening after you moved the project to the external drive? Did you render the preview by hitting the Enter key on your keyboard?
Also, what is your source video -- what type of camcorder does it come from and how did you get it into your computer? Your symptoms seem to indicate that you're using the wrong project settings for your source file type.
Hopefully the last question: what is the connection type for your external.
If the connection is slow, or is compromised by having too many other peripherials on it, the feed to PE will be slowed down and will often yield results, such as you are seeing.
A better setup might be to use the external to move a lot of material off of your internal HDD's, and use one of them for editing.
I do edit to/from externals, but they are on a FW-800 dual-chip controller. I expreienced similar problems, when I tried to edit to/from USB 2.0 externals. The entire process was sluggish for me.
I am using a Kodak Easyshare Z1285.
I just use the USB cable to import it to Adobe Premier. For some reason, It automatically saves my videos and pics to folders in "my video's" in my documents folder.
It started being jittery only after a set all the settings to use my scratch disk... What is a HDD too? My internal Hard Drive is just my C: drive, which is very low on memory because off all these darned premier files.
I deleted all the render files for the project, and rendered it again, which took 4 hours to render the 5 minutes of video.... It still jumped and acted weird.
Any help is appreciated.
One, I don't what software you are using, but I do know that Premiere does NOT work with a USB connection... it only works with Firewire
Two, unless that camera creates DV AVI type 2 files... unlikely since you are using a USB connection... they are most likely some type of MJPEG that do not edit well in Premiere
Three, editing works better with two PHYSICAL hard drives... one drive for all software and the second drive for all video files
> I just use the USB cable to import it to Adobe Premier. For some reason,
> It automatically saves my videos and pics to folders in "my video's" in my
> documents folder.
Since that is a camera and not a camcorder, the USB cable is the normal way
to transfer pictures and videos to the computer. They would not be captured
by Premiere Elements and you would not use firewire -- unlike a camcorder.
It sounds like you have software installed that autoplays when the camera is
connected to do the transfer. That could have been in software you
installed with the camera, or a downloader like the one that installed with
Photoshop Elements. In any event, it's not a problem. Depending on the
software doing the transfer, you may be able to change the default transfer
> It started being jittery only after a set all the settings to use my
> scratch disk... What is a HDD too? My internal Hard Drive is just my C:
> drive, which is very low on memory because off all these darned premier
HDD stands for Hard Disk Drive. Generally, that's your internal drive, or
an external disk drive, or the disk drive on an HDD camcorder that uses a
disk drive instead of a tape, dvd, or memory stick. What context did you
find it in?
As you've discovered, video requires a lot of disk storage. You really do
need either a second internal disk drive or an external disk drive for your
project and video files. You don't want to put them on your C drive.
Especially if that's all you have and you have an older PC with a limited
amount of space available.
It's not clear what you mean by changing the settings to use your scratch
disk. Do you have an external drive? The Premiere Elements scratch disk
settings default to "same as project" and that's generally what you want.
Allocate the project on the external drive and the temporary render and
cache files will be in the same location. If you have a separate folder for
each project, clean up is easy after you've completed your project.
Changing the location of the scratch files wouldn't cause jitter. That's
normally an incorrect field dominance setting. However, both your stills
and the movies from your camera are not interlaced so that shouldn't be an
Your movies are probably mjpeg. Some people do have problems with mjpeg
others don't. It's generally an issue of which mjpeg codec you have. Some
cameras implement mjpeg slightly differently and some codecs handle it
better than others. I've generally had no problems with the few mjpegs I've
had to deal with. It sounds like you were ok also at first, so that's not
likely to be the problem.
I'm not sure what's going on. What size did you set the camera to use for
the videos. And, which project preset did you use in premiere Elements.
One last question, what are you intending to export to as your finished
product and how are you producing it?
> I deleted all the render files for the project, and rendered it again,
> which took 4 hours to render the 5 minutes of video.... It still jumped
> and acted weird.
That long of a processing time says either your cpu is old and slow or you
are making Premiere Elements do a lot of (probably) unnecessary work.
Insufficient RAM can also slow down the work. The source material must be
scaled to fit the project frame and if the source is much different, the
processing is much more intensive and requires much more computer resources.
Using full size 12mb photos or 1280x720 movies in a standard definition
project can seriously slow down your processing or even cause a crash. You
are much better off pre-scaling your stills to match the project size and
using the right project preset for the intended usage.