It does sound like the pause you're describing after capturing is Premiere Elements creating its peak files. But that shouldn't be a long pause and it certainly shouldn't lock up the program for more than a few seconds (depending on how long your clips are, of course -- and yours do seem to be a bit longer than the typical 1 or 2 minutes).
If, after five minutes, the program still seems frozen, something is definitely up.
It sounds like you have all of the necessary updates, including the latest Quicktime, so I'm not sure what to recommend.
Does this happen even when you capture a brief 1 or 2 minute clip?
Thanks for the reply.
I left the program running for a couple hours after the video capture and came back to find PE8 hung.
My guess was that PE8 did not like how the final clip ended abruptly, all other clips had new clips following on the tape. Seems like this was the same problem I saw when I added some avi files captured with WMM to the timeline. I am also suspicious that since this is a reused tape that possibly it could be that some data on the tape after the last clip somehow confused PE8 causing it to hang.
I have not tried any shorter clips yet so I'm don't know if shorter clips work or not.
I have some old clips that I captured with PE3 and they all seem to work fine and peak files are generated properly when added to the timeline.
As I re-read your post I realized that we were only talking about one clip, not a chronic problem. So you could be right. It could be just something funny with the recording itself.
I don't think anything is wrong with the recording per se as other video software tools can capture the video.
My assertion is that somehow PE8 has a bug that in certain situations causes the "peak file" generation to hang.
I will try to inport using winDv and see if the peak file problem occurs when I add the clip to the timeline.
The problem seems to be that when different format AVI files exist on the same tape that it causes PE to hang when PE detects the format change.
I was having trouble with a large WMM project and since I spent a lot of time on the project I decided to export the project to my DV camera and then import into PE8.
The tape in the camera had existing footage so I appended the WMM project to the end of the tape.
When the tape was then recaptured into PE the program hung at the point where the WMM AVI started.
Seems WMM must use a different AVI format than what my PV-GS150 catures natively.
Your camcorder is a miniDV so, if you are capturing over FireWire from a tape, your video is streaming into the computer as a DV-AVI -- and that's true whether you're capturing with Premiere Elements, Windows MovieMaker or WinDV. None of these programs changes the video data as it comes it. They merely break it into brief AVIs.
That is what I thought as well, but the 2nd time I imported the tape into PE I got a popup from PE with a message that a format change had occured and that the capture could not continue.