The starter question is: what are the full specs. of your source Video? If you can tell us the camera make/model, or even better, the full specs. of that footage, it will help. If you are not sure, the freeware utility, G-Spot, will give you ALL of the details.
Next, what Project Preset did you choose from New Project? This should match your source footage 100%.
Last, when looking at your Timeline (Timeline View Mode vs Sceneline View Mode), is there a red line above your Clips? If so, does it change to green and play more smoothly, when you hit Enter?
Thank you.. I haven't tried anything yet & I will get back to you on the make/model and all of that stuff.. I need to get to bed lol
You will be hearing from me in the next couple of days.
Thanks once again for the tips
Sleep well, and we'll be looking for the info, to get you editing!
Happy New Year!
I also have a similar problem with jerky playback when I add my video to the timeline.
I use two different cameras, a Panasonic Lumix, and a Fuji 3d waterproof camera, but on checking the video properties in my computer they both seem to have the same frame size and speed of 640 x 480 and 30fps. I have checked the PE project pre-sets and cannot find one at all that matches.
I also noted your comment re the red/green line so tried this and although the whole line turned green after 'rendering' and it did play better it was still jerky.
Any suggestions gratefully received, but please bear in mind I'm totally new to PE8 and video editing and not very technical. I just want to be able to edit videos of my grandaughter to share with the family. Many thanks.
What is the PAR (Pixel Aspect Ratio) of the footage from the two cameras? If you are not certain, the freeware utility, G-Spot, can tell you all about those files.
Good luck, and welcome to the forum,
PS - also, what is the file format/CODEC from each camera? G-Spot can tell you that too.
Hi Bob, thank you for your response
I have installed and run G-spot on two typical pieces of video and these are the readings shown for each.
Not sure if it matters at this stage but I am also based in UK.
For the Fuji the video codec is given as MJPG not sure which bit is the PAR info so have copied everything:
Len 0:30.000 Frms 900 kbps 7165 Qf 0.777
Pics/s 30.000 Frames/s 30.000
pic(w x 640 x 480
sar 1.333(4:3) par 1.000 (1.1) dar 1.333 (4.3)
The Panasonic Lumix codec is given as WMV3
Len 3:56.027 Frms blank kbps 8243 Qf blank
Pics/s blank Frames/s blank
pic(w x 640 x 480
sar 1.333(4:3) par blank dar blank
Please let me know if I'm not giving the corect info.
The MJPEG will likely benefit from having either the Morgan, or MainConcept MJPEG CODEC installed. For the latter, .WMV CODEC's are usually installed with the OS, however this format/CODEC is highly compressed and meant for delivery-only. Editing can be dodgey at best. Much will depend on which of the .WMV CODEC's is used.
For the former, you should have the 16:9, when you bring your footage into a PAL Widescreen Project, so long as you have a good MJPEG CODEC. For the latter, if G-Spot cannot pick up the PAR, then obviously the "flag" is missing in the header of the AV file, and it is unlikely that PrE can do better at picking that up. I would attempt to use Interpret Footage in PrE to try and force the Aspect Ratio to Widescreen. You may, or may not, have success.
For either, or both, you may have much better luck if you convert to DV-AVI Type II for PAL Widescreen, and Import those. There are several conversion programs mentioned in the FAQ's for the forum. I use a shareware program, DigitalMedia Converter, to batch convert all odd file formats/CODEC's to DV-AVI Type II (NTSC Standard, or Widescreen, in my case).
Thank you. I will try some of your suggestions.