What type of camcorder is this video coming from and how did you get it into your computer?
Also, which project preset are you using in Premiere Elements when you start your project?
It is a Sony DCR-HC40E PAL, and they were captured as AVI clips.
The project settings are:
General – not highlighted but it shows DV Pal and 25.00 frame/second
Video – 720 horizontal 576vertical (4/3)
Display format - 25 fps Timecode
Capture – DV Capture
This ARTICLE might give you some tips on how to set up your computer for NLE work.
Even on my workstation and a very powerful laptop, I go through the above steps, when doing editing. Though I usually use PrPro (requires more resources, than PrE), I often do 8-10 hour Projects, with no "Low on Resources," or any memory errors.
Hope that something helps,
Many thanks for your advice, I will try it.