Forgot to mention that I am using Premier Elements 7
I have an avchd camcorder but I am recording in standard definition.
..if that answers your question because I am totalling in the dark here.
The clips are in mpeg format.
If your camcorder is recording standard MPEG and yet still using the 5.1 audio, you've got a problem. I'm not sure how to make that work in Premiere Elements since there is not a preset for it.
And I don't know enough about these dual-format AVCHD cams to know. Maybe someone experienced with them can help you.
Steve, two questions.
How have you determined that I am using 5.1 audio? I honestly don't know how to check if I am... maybe I should check the manual or maybe I can see that in the details of the clip. I'll see.
Finally, do you think if I use CS3 I would eliminate the problem?
Yes, I have posted it in muvipix and I am waiting to see what they say.
I will let you know if I find anything there.
Will it help if I attach one of the clips?
Steve, this is what I found out.
As you said the problem is audio and I believe it happens when recording in SD using audio 5.1 and mpeg format.
I was suggested to set my video to stereo but my camcorder doesn't offer stereo option.
I finally redefined what was happening as follows:
TIMELINE - when I drag a video clip here it goes to track 2. I can continue adding more clips and they are inserted one after the other in track 2.
SCENELINE - however after I add the clips in Timeline and look in Sceneline I only see the first clip. Furthermore I can drag a clip to sceneline ok but any attemp to drag any more doesn't seem to do anything... BUT if I go to Timeline I see them all, each in a different track. E.G. one in track 4 the next in 5 and so on.
I was offered the following solutions:
1. after acquiring the video clips, use the File>Export>Movie to export all the clips. PE7 automatically exports them in .avi format or
2. use the Prism convertion program to convert the clips to .avi
I thought I pass this on so as not to leave this issue hanging unresolved.
Thanks again for the help you have always given me.
I saw the responses you got on Muvipix. Didn't I tell you that you'd get a fast and helpful reply there?
By the way, we often recommend Prism for file conversion on this forum. Specs and other information is in our FAQs to the right of this forum.