Well, first you've got to read the instruction book, storey.
Before you judge the quality of non-DV video (such as video from a hard drive or flash drive camcorder) you need to render it. (See the red line on the timeline above your video clip? That means you need to render.)
Press Enter. The program will render your video and display it in its true output quality. (The red line will also turn green.)
If it still doesn't look good, you may have other issues. Like how you got the video from the camcorder into your computer. But rendering should certainly give you a better idea how the program performs with your source video.
BTW, if you're using the Hard Drive/Flash Drive Camcorder project preset, you should NOT also manually change the field order of your video. The preset does this automatically, and you'll only end up reversing it again back to upper field first -- which you don't want.
There is no red line, i don't think you need to render if the project settings match the clip setting and all you have done is drop the clip into the time line and nothihng else, if I press enter nothing happens, the clip was brought across using SDCOPY.exe this allows you to change the file extension from .MOD to .MPG and also gives the option to set the 16:9 flag in the header, if I get the clip from the camera directly using PRE it doesn't correctly set the 16:9 flag in the same way that the useless Pixela sw which ships with the camera doesn't either hence the thrid party sw, there's endless stuff about this issue on the forums it's a canon stuff up they are writing the apsect ratio info in some other file instead of the MOD.
I also tried to import DV SD definition avi clips in via IEEE using PRE and the correct preset of course and I get the same hopeless quality when I play that back in the editer as well, again there is no red bar or rendering as the proj setting is identical to the clip.
I agree that if i choose a preset that does not match the clip then I do see a red line as expected or if I add some text or a picture etc to the timeline then there is red bar too
yup i understand the comment about flipping the field order the preset uses reverse field order page 44 of the manual, the project preset says UFF the MOD clip is UFF but the default FO in SHARE for the MPEG PAL DVD widescreen preset for output to PC is LFF and if you render with this any motion in the rendered mpeg is terrible, if you change it to UFF then it is fine.
Anway I've pretty much given up with this now and I see BOB1984 is having similar problems but with another video format, time to find out how adobe custmer service works out when it comes to honouring their 30 day money back guarantee !
Is the clip playing well outside of the Premiere Elements application?
What happens if you do not change the file extension from .mod to .mpg and import mod files directly? (I am not aware about sdcopy.exe, hope it does no other silent transcoding)
The problem does not seem to the project settings or frame ordering. If it were, the results would've been different (Red bar, continuously corrupt playback etc)
You could hold on to that copy of Premiere Elements because I am sure you are going to love it very soon like many others..
yes the clips (SD mpeg and SD avi) all play just fine outside PE8 in VS9, VLC, WMF, nero etc and as I said they play just fine if you play them from ORGANISE part of PE8 this is what i find very odd as you would think that the same codec is used to play a given clip whether it be inside the monitor window of the editor or in the preview window of ORGANISE.
yer i tried direct import by hooking both the flash video camera and the old tape avi camera up to PRE8 and importing directly using the capture panel there is no difference same hopless picture quality and predictably PRE8 also fails to go and get the aspect ratio from the .MOI file (it's not in the .MOD file) and so the resulting video clip is not correctly formatted to 16:9 VS9 fails on this one as well, canons stupidity really.
So i've not got any further