Good points about things taking time. I've not Imported anything but DV-AVI material into PrE, so I'm not sure about where, and how clearly the Progress Bar is displayed. In PrPro, it's bright and clear in the lower-right of the GUI.
Three things must happen to allow GOP (Group of Pictures) material to be edited, and even on a very fast computer, it's best to wait for the completion of these three tasks:
1.) The GOP material must be converted to all I-frames. It is set up with one I-frame about every 15-18 "frames," with only "difference frames" between these. Since PrE (and PrPro) is a Frame editing NLE (Non Linear Editor), it requires one complete I-frame, per Frame of Video.
2.) The Audio is Conformed to 32-bit floating point to allow for editing.
3.) A Waveform Display file (.PEK) must also be generated.
These tasks are both CPU and I/O (HDD) intensive. On a very fast machine, the Progress Bar goes pretty quickly. I can Import a 1 hour GOP file and be up and editing in about 3 mins. on my workstation w/ PrPro. Do not know if there is any speed difference between PrE and PrPro in this respect.
Thanks for making the above points, as they DO affect many. I'll check out the Progress Bar in PrE, to see how well it's displayed.
GOP? PEK? Let me remind you that Adobe is marketing Premiere Elements as a CONSUMER program.
Oops, sorry. Guess that I spend too much time on the PrPro forum.
GOP = Group of Pictures. This typifies a compression scheme where there is one full Frame (the I-frame) about every 15-18 "frames." In between these, there are only the elements that have changed from that I-frame, like exposure, motion, color, etc. PrE (and PrPro) need to create I-frames for every Frame, so that they can be edited.
PEK = the file extension for the Waveform Display of an Audio file. Without it, PrE would have nothing to display on the Audio Track. Think of this as creating a video of the Audio Waveform.
CFA = the file extension for the 32-bit floating-point Audio file that is done to allow for editing.
All Audio in PrE will have a .CFA and a .PEK file associated with the WAV (or other) Audio file. Kind of like the conversion of the GOP source material to all I-frame, these files allow one to edit the Audio and also see the Waveform.
Hope that this helps,