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With the mpeg on the Timeline, you can press the Enter key, this will Render the file (it should have a Green line above it on the Timeline, if it's Red, then it needs to be Rendered).
A better approach would be to first convert the Mpeg to DV-AVI, and then import that file format into PE.
Conversion techniques can be found here:
Please put your video through the free utility named gspot to check out the video codec and other properties.
What is the actual file extension of the file, mpg? Further information of the video properties would be helpful.
You could try experimenting by renaming just the file extension, if .mpg, from .mpg to .avi or .mov and see if that corrects the situation. Conversion of a problem file to DV AVI is the usual recommendation since DV AVI is considered the native format of the Premiere Elements Timeline. Method recommendations to follow if necessary.
Have you looked at unchecking vs checking the "Enable GPU Playback" option under Edit Menu/Preferences/General?
Converting mpg to avi did not solve problem.
Rendering did not solve problem.
Unchecking "Enable GPU playback" solved problem.
Question: What is "Enable GPU playback" ?
Oh, BTW, thank you very much.
Glad to learn of the good news.
That "Enable GPU Playback" option relates to your computer video card and its properties and whether or not it is a GPU-accelerated one.
Check out the AdobeTech Note "Troubleshoot digital video playback (Adobe Premiere Elements 8"
ATR, good catch with the GPU switch.
Sometimes with these type of posts, I just assume it's a typical Mpeg to be used with Standard Def, so why not convert it to DV-AVI and make your life easier.
WIth video formats today, probably nothing should be considered as typical...lol...