I'm creating a 3 - 5 minute video in Premiere Elements 8.0, which I purchased online from the Adobe store. The specs for the video and computer are as follows:
The camcorder I used to shoot the footage is a Sony Handycam with model number HDR-SR12. It's a digital HD video camera recorder that shoots in NTSC 1920x1080i HD recording. The footage was shot with AVC HD 9M (HQ), which records in higher image quality mode. The video camera is connected to my computer through a USB cable.
The computer itself is a Windows 7 desktop computer. The CPU is an HP Pavilion Elite HPE-150f PC with Intel Core i7-860 processor. I imported the video into Premiere by selecting "File" --> "Get Media From" and then choosing the third option from the top.
My import option is NTSC/AVCHD/Full HD 1080i 30 5.1 channel, which matches the specs of the camera I shot the footage with.
The video itself consists of an introduction, two voice-overs in a row, and a conclusion. They are seperated by the "fade to white" video transition. I was working on the video in order from the beginning. Once I had trimmed each part of the video, I deleted parts of the audio where I was intending to add my voice-overs in. While working on the project, I never rendered the video by pressing "Enter."
Up to this point, everything was working fine. I added the voice-over by adding the video clip with the voice-over, and unlinked the audio and video. Then I deleted the video, since that was not needed. I placed the audio into the narration part of the timeline (but all other audio components thusfar are in the audio section). This is the point where the computer first crashed.
I was able to recover my work and continue onwards. I successfully added both voice-overs to the video. Then I added in a music file to the bottom most part of the timeline. This is where the program crashed again. Now, whenever I open that particular video project file, it always crashes when I drag the cursor over the timeline. I tried rendering the video itself by pressing "enter," and while it rendered fine without crashing, the program still crashed when I touched the timeline. I also removed the music file from the video project, but it still keeps crashing.
Clearing up space via Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter did not solve this problem. My C drive still has several hundred gigabytes of memory left, and my D drive, which is occupied only by Recovery, only has about 1.64 GB left on it.
The odd thing is that the problem is isolated to that single video project. I opened up one of my older projects, a 9 minute practise video with audio and music components, but no narration components. I fiddled around with that, and the program never crashed. I also opened up a new project, and put in the introduction and two voice-overs from the video project I was working on, and the program did not crash at all.
I want to know why the program crashed in the first place, and why it kept crashing on that one video project, and not on others. Any help in this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.