I just purchased PE8 and it arrived yesterday, I ordered the actual hard copy, not a online download. I installed in on my computer, I have a Dell XPS, XP professional, with a 1TB hard drive and 4GB of RAM, a Nvidia GeForce 8800, a Realtek high definition sound card, and I have been pulling out my hair since I installed the program.
It installed fine, absolutly no problems and it all went smoothly. After installation I opened up the program and began playing with it, just to get a feel for how it works. The first thing I noticed was when I began rendering the video the rendering time was extremely slooooooow, taking at least twice as long as the actual length of the video to render. When in every other program I have to render video takes 1/2 the time of the actual video play time. I used one of the "instant movie" features for this test run and I was curious as to how it would look, so I opened it up to watch, after 30 seconds the audio went out. Curious about it, I stopped it and tried again, I hit play and went to the middle of the video, the audio again played for 30 seconds, and stopped. I stopped it again and tried it in every other video player I had, and it was the exact same thing, 30 seconds of audio then nothing. I even tried randomly moving through the video and it would play audio wherever I stopped, but only for 30 total seconds, then nothing.
I then pulled up a different video clip I had that had been rendered in a different program (PowerDirector) and it ran all the way through with no audio problems. I then went back to PE8 and found an MPEG2 video clip (the previous on had been an AVI that I converted to an MPEG2) and rendered it as an MPEG2, and the same thing happened. I then took that clip and opened it up in Video Explosion (an older but very reliable video editor) and while the video would show up, the audio was not there. So I closed out of that program and opened up PowerDirector, and both audio and video showed up, I re-rendered it in that program and the audio played all the way through on all my video players. Took it back to PE8, rendered it again, same thing, no audio after 30 seconds.
Out of curiosity I then opened an AVI file and rendered as an AVI file, and low and behold...audio! throughout the entire video clip. I then did the same thing with both an MPEG2 file and an MOD file, as an AVI it would play audio throughout the video on any player in my computer. (interesting side-note: in Video Explosion, it has never supported AVI files, it will display the audio portion, but the not video. I pulled up the AVI file I had made with PE8 and the whole thing displayed! it played both audio and video for the whole clip without a problem...weird).
Any suggestions on how this might be fixed anyone?
P.S. also...if anyone knows the link address for the PE8 tutorial that would be great too! The computer I have it installed on doesn't have internet access (done deliberately) so I can't access the tutorials, and I have no idea how to figure out how to do anything on there but by trial and error, and it's mostly error and cussing right now.