I would not recommend trying to mix miniDV and AVCHD footage in the same project, Bill. There are also liabilities to trying to mix MPEG hard drive camcorder footage and miniDV in the same project -- but there are workarounds. But mixing AVCHD and miniDV in the same project is definitely going to lead to some challenges.
You also don't say what operating system you're using and if it has been updated, tuned and optimized for video editing.
AVCHD is a particularly challenging format to edit. Your hardware may be up to it, but if your software and operating system are not properly tuned and set up you're going to have problems working with it.
Is your Premiere Elements project using and AVCHD project preset?
Also, as you work watch for a red line along the top of your timeline. This is an indication that you're using a format that will require frequent rendering as you work. To render, press Enter and let the program create a temporary render file (the red line will turn green).
Steve-- Thanks so much for your help. I was not aware that there was an AVCHD setting for PE7 (I'm not that far along in the manual yet!), so I'll try that.
My tech person recommended that I stay away from Vista, so I went with XP Pro. He also recommended that I stick with Service Pack 2.
One thing that's complicating the situation is that I had an equipment malfunction at the beginning of the show (incompatible tripod adapters), and lost the first couple of minutes. If I can cut the AVCHD stuff in with my MiniDVC footage, that will help tremendously, so I really need to accomplish that.
If I do set the PE7 project setting to AVCHD preset, will that inhibit the use of the other formats? Many thanks, -Bill
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If I do set the PE7 project setting to AVCHD preset, will that inhibit the use of the other formats?
it might. As I said, working with AVCHD can be challenging enough. But mixing it with other formats -- particularly standard DV -- may or may not be successful. You are, after all, telling the program to process the footage completely differently than it's designed to be processed.
I don't know if your ultimate goal is to produce a standard DVD or BluRay, but that could affect your workflow too.
If your goal is to produce a standard DVD, for instance, I might recommend that, before you even begin editing, you load all of your AVCHD footage into a project set up for AVCHD and see if you can output a DV-AVI from that footage.
This DV-AVI will be standard rather than hi-resolution -- but at least you'll be able to mix it in a standard DV project with your miniDV footage and you'll be working with similar formats.
But, as I said at the outset, I sure wouldn't recommend trying to mix AVCHD and miniDV footage natively into the same project. (As far as I know, only Apple's Final Cut has the ability to mix formats that diverse into the same project.)
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If I read the initial post correctly, you are going to DVD for you final output. Is that correct?
If so, I would re-Capture the AVCHD material as SD. The camera should be able to do that downconversion, and then PE is doing the Capture in SD as DV-AVI Type II files. For the MPEG material, I'd convert to DV-AVI Type II material, outside of PE. This will give you all DV-AVI Type II material.
Your Project Preset will then be DV, and everything edited in SD. This should make editing a breeze.
As for your Audio issue, Audio hangs, and drop-outs (provided that the source files are fine and play fine), *usually* stem from I/O issues - the ability of the HDD's and controller, to keep up with the signal. I am with you, however, that your system certainly *seems* robust enough to handle the Audio.
How are your HDD's set up? How are your various programs, and their files spread around. Things like OS, programs, Virtual Memory Page Files, PE Project files, media files, Scratch Disks, etc., can make a big difference. Let me know what the HDD utilization looks like, and I'll get a better idea of things that might help - or, maybe see no problem there at all, and we can move on to other possible issues.
Can AVCHD camcorders downconvert, Hunt? I thought that was exclusively a feature of HDV camcorders.
No you can not down convert AVCHD in the camcorder. Normally you get software with the camcorder for converting to standard definition MPEG2.
I'm not the one to ask that of. I only work in SD. I do not shoot AVCHD at all.
If you are correct, and you usually are, then my rec. would be to do two projects: one AVCHD and one full SD. The AVCHD Project could be Exported as a DV-AVI Type II and Imported into PE. I'd not do much editing in the AVCHD Project, so you can extract the full Clips from it, and then have Handles, etc. in your SD Project.