You need to post DETAILS about the video files you are using, starting with the CODEC used and going through every step of how you got the video from camera (brand and model) into your computer, going through your project settings (do they 100% match the video?) and through what you have done TO the file(s) and finally to your complete output settings
Well, it's not my camera, so I don't know the make and model. This is a
service I provide for my church... we have a dropbox in which they place the
files and I retrieve them. I can tell you, however, that I have
successfully used footage from this camera for previous projects. There are
also still photos... I used the organizer to create a slideshow and sent it
to PRE for inclusion in the project.
For most of the video, I am not using the audio from the video itself. I
have inserted a soundtrack from an m4a file. ALL AUDIO, both from the video
and audio files, plays fine in the preview but is gone once the video
For what it's worth, I have never really changed the project settings, so
they are the default ones. In the Rendering settings, only "optimize
stills" is checked. Maybe this is where my problem lies.
I'm trying to render as an mpeg.
I hope this provides more information.
Here's an update:
I have tried rendering in windows media format and "MPEG1 Multimedia Compatible", both of which yielded a VERY small video that took up very little of the screen. BUT the audio rendered fine? What settings/format should I be using to get a quality movie with sound? I've made only short, 30 second "bumper" videos thus far and have not had this problem. ANY help will be appreciated!
I could be that m4a file, Karen.
Even though it plays fine in preview mode, quite often some codecs don't survive the transcoding to another file in Premiere Elements.
Try dropping an MP3 or, better yet, a WAV file on your timeline just as a test, output a WMV file as a test and see if you get different results.
Thanks, Steve! I will try that. The curious thing is that I did output as
WMV, and the audio worked just fine. The picture was just really tiny.
I'll try and see what happens.
Well, the default frame size for a WMV is only 320x240, so it is going to be small. But you need to have it small if you're going to display it online!
Besides, we're just experimenting.
If it works, try using Share/Personal Computer/AVI to output an AVI and see if the sound plays on it also.
I rendered as an AVI, and all is well, even with the original audio file!! I had converted the file to wav in case my experiment didn't work, but I think I'm good. Since this one is not for the web and is to be shown on a huge screen at a banquet, I needed it to be big enough. It took about an hour to render, but I'm cool with waiting if the results are this good.
Thanks for being so helpful. I have 2 more videos to work on for this banquet (which is ironically for "volunteer appreciation" and I'm spending hours "volunteering" to get this ready for it. Funny how the "quick and easy, free" projects take the most time). With my web business, I normally work with Flash, so it's nice to know I can come here for help on this.
Great news, Karen! Meantime, be sure to check out my other forum, the Community page at http://Muvipix.com.
A group of former Adobe forum regulars and I set up the site as a one-stop-shop for video advice, tutorials, media, sound effects, stock footage, custom created DVD menus and royalty free music. It's a great place to ask for advice from some of the smartest, friendliest people in the world and, at the very least, make some new friends.
If you find yourself having to deal with all sorts of mixed Assets (source footage), the great, free utility, G-SPOT, will gather most necessary info, including the Frame Size, the Audio & Video CODEC's used, FPS, and much more. I would not be without that, as it tells me when I need to convert source footage, and allows me to to set up Projects to match my footage.