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Virtually all of your problems are related to your trying to edit video from a DVD camcorder. Although the program is supposed to be able to work with these video files, they can be very problematic if your computer's operating system is not fully updated, you lack the current version of Quicktime and you do not have the proper codecs installed.
The red lines you're seeing above your video on the timeline are indications of this. These are indications that your video needs to be rendered by the program in order for the program to work with it.
If you'd like to try to work with DVD cam video despite these liabilities, there are things you can do to improve performance somewhat.The FAQs to the right of this forum explain how and why.
But I recommend you convert your VOB files to DV-AVIs before you bring them into Premiere Elements. This will likely remedy nearly all of your problems (assuming your computer's hardware and software are up to the necessary specs and are fully updated).
Thanks Steve. I rebuilt the project and it worked fine this time, as with other projects. I tried rendering the workspace and see that the red/green line refers to whether the clip is rendered or not. All was working fine until the system froze while playing with effects!
I haven't had a chance to go through the other forum you recommend yet, but will do so. I notice that there is an update of Quicktime available, so will load that. What other software should I update?
As you suggest, the safer way to go may be to convert the file formats before going into Premiere Elements. What software do you recommend for converting from VOB to DV-AVI?
Prism works great. And you'll find a link to it and the proper settings in my earlier post.
If it comes to the need for conversion of the VOBs to DV AVI, my preference is the free software MPEG Streamclip
I have found it to be a valuable addition to my workflow and has not created problems with Premiere Elements when I go back to use Premiere Elements after the VOB to DV AVI conversion with Prism.
As for the opening of Premiere Elements 8, please check out the thread that I have running in this forum on my Premiere Elements 8 First Look.
Thanks a lot to all who have replied. It's very comforting to know that there is such a helpful and active forum available for the software. Expect more posts from me in the future!
I've downloaded Prism first and will try that at the weekend to see if the avi conversion helps with the sound and other problems. I'll also have a read of the articles that you have pointed me to.
Happy reading and happy editing.
Also, Steve Grisetti has a book, now on PrE 8. I have not seen this new edition, but can vouch for his previous book on PrE 7. I also think that he has either a companion book for PSE, or maybe it's a combined set.
Thanks for the plug, Hunt.
I have publshed a book on Premiere Elements 7, a combined book for Photoshop Elements/Premiere Elements 7 and a book on Premiere Elements 8. I'm also currently at work on a combined book for the version 8 Elements set. We're hoping to have it out by late November.
Thanks for the update. I noticed that the display on Muvipix had changed a while ago, when I'd go to get the link to your PrE 7 book, but had not really poked around to see all the changes. I'd just grab the URL for the PrE 7 book and post that link. Time to go see what you've been up to!