I feel like I type this same solution a dozen times a day, but it really does fix 95% of these basic problems.
Go to Windows Update and ensure you have the latest updates, even the non-critical ones. You'll likely have to manually download them. Then go to either the ATI or nVidia site and download the latest firmware for your video. Finally, go to the Apple site and ensure you have the latest version of Quicktime.
If you're still having problems, try uninstalling and reinstalling the software.
You will need plenty of room of your hard drive (I recommend at least 30-50 gigabytes) and make sure your drive is defragmented.
Then go to either the ATI or nVidia site and download the latest firmware for your video.
One additional aspect, should the user have a recent nVidia card, and download the most recent driver (always a good idea), is that new nVidia drivers have two modules for advanced gaming: 3D Stereovision and PhysX. Both of these should be disengaged for NLE work. Each has caused no end to problems, mainly with starting the program. The 3D Stereovision module is particularly troublesome. Both also interfere with PrPro, and not just PrE.
I understand your plight Steve. :-)
Basically our friend here seems to be having a problem with hardware as well as maintainance of the system here.
I would recommend like i do to everyone else, to have a stronger machine, if not possible aleast a couple of RAM will help.
One more thing, when you are running Premiere Elements 8.0, make sure all other apps which eat up CPU/Memory must be closed. Giving 100% attention to Premiere Elements will just be an aide.
Just to debug, a small possibilty there might be a case that some program conflict. To resolve it, you may launch Premiere Elements 8.0 and start killing the user aplications one by one. Might just help.
Please let me know if this helps.
Check your premiere elements installed drive has engouh disk space and update video and audio drivers in your system.
Delete prefrence files from this location.
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users
- Which other video editing software you have, released/trial?
- Any audio capture software like Total Recorder may impact PRE8