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That's kind of the nature of video from still cameras. The codecs they use are sometimes unpredictable.
There are a couple of ways to convert the video, depending on which codec it uses.
Is this a MOV file or an AVI?
thanks for the help, it is an avi file
Your camera produces AVI with the MJPEG codec. And your problem is quite common as Premiere Elements can have issues with MJPEG files. Usually re-installing an MJPEG codec will resolve the problem. You could try this free one:
Otherwise you can open the file in Windows Movie Maker and export it as a DV-AVI that wil be compatible with PE7.
thanks so much for the web sites. I was able to download it and the I imported the stuff again without a problem but then as I was editing it all started again, i have now a finished product saved which won't behave any advice?
The solution that will ABSOLUTELY solve your problem is to run that AVI through MovieMaker. The file output from MovieMaker will be a DV-AVI and you won't have any delay problem.
Here's now to do it, from the FAQs to the right of this forum.
To convert a video into a DV-AVI with MovieMaker, simply import it into MovieMaker and drag it to the MovieMaker timeline. Then:
From the Main Menu select File/Save Movie File
A dialog will open - Select ‘My Computer’ and press the Next button.
On the next screen you can name the new file and select/browse to a folder to put the file in (remember where you put it because you will need to browse to the file in Premiere Elements to import to you project). When you have named the file and selected the location press the Next button.
On the next screen, click the link that says Show More Choices. There will be three radio buttons to choose from. Select No. 3, Other Settings and, from the drop-down menu, select DV-AVI.
thanks for your time, but I tried what you said twice but each time the moviemaker didn't record anything, each time I went through everything and at the end there was a black screen saying now showing but without anything on it
i'm really stuck now.
the movie out put i had was DV-AVI (pal) was that correct?
Can you see the video in the monitor in Movie Maker when the clip is on the timeline? If so then you can export it as DV-AVI. If you have Vista the export instructions are slightly different from what Steve said:
Select File then Publish Movie
Select This Computer and click next
Name the file and location and click next
Choose the settings for your movie
Select More Settings
Click the Publish Button