I just bought Premier Elements 8 and a Canon Vixia HF R11 High Definition Flash Memory Camcorder. Tech support for the camcorder told me it uses mpeg4-avc format. I've tried creating a new project with all different settings, but every clip I load plays choppy. I learned today from other posts on this forum about pressing enter to render if the timeline has red lines on it, and sure enough all my clips come with a red line right when I add them to the timeline. Do I really have to render every clip? I can understand needing to render transitions or effects, but I'm believing that a basic clip should be able to just play.
Also, someone said it's critical that the project format matches the format of my footage. But there's no option called "mpeg4-avc", so I can't figure out which is the right setting.
My computer has Pentium D dual core 2.8 mhz ea core. 2 GB RAM. 186 GB hard drive (which is half free). It had an integrated graphics card, but I just bought and installed a NVIDIA GeForce 210 graphics card with 512MB DDR2 for $50, because I thought that was the reason I had choppy video (before i found out about rendering).
Your computer is years behind what you need to play AVCHD material. Many users recommend a fast Quad-core as the absolute minimum, while most will insist that a very fast i7 is the minimum.
Unfortunately, most camera salespersons will never tell you that you need a state-of-the-art computer to edit AVCHD, as they know that the customer will be back.
There is no Preset that will allow you to natively edit this material, without a major computer upgrade. This ARTICLE might be useful in the meantime.
Good luck, and sorry for the bad news,
I'm sorry to hear that.