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You're connecting your Premiere Elements project to your memory stick or camcorder? You should not be doing this.
As I show you in my books, when you select the Get Media option with your camcorder connected and select the option to download from the camcorder, it will open the Media Downloader. This tool will simultaneously copy the files from your device to your computer and add the files to your project.
You can also use Windows to manually move the files from your device to your computer and then use Get Media/From Files and Folders to link to the files on your hard drive.
But you should definitely be moving your video files to your computer before you add them to your project.
Thanks to you both for your answers. As usual I dived into PremEle8 without too much thought or research, set up the basics all wrong and stumbled through somehow to a good result. John, your referral to the Harm post was very useful and I'll reset my properties according to the diagram to use a 3 drive set up next time.
Many thanks for your help guys, Paul
Meantime, for a good introduction to the program, be sure to check out my free Basic Training with Premiere Elements tutorials at Muvipix.com.
They'll get you up and running with the program -- and our advanced tutorials on Muvipix.com as well as my books (available on Muvipix.com and Amazon.com) will show you everything else you might want to know about the tools in the program and how to use them.
I cannot recommend Harm's HDD setup too highly. I also utilize the same exact setup for my laptop and the expanded version for my workstation with an 8x HDD setup. I do not have any RAID, but will for my media and my Export drives.
Steve, I just went through your Basic Training toturial and I have to say it was one of the clearest, well paced and immediately understandable series I've seen yet. You cover it all quickly and logically and I now see where I made soooooooooo many mistakes. Haven't Adobe head hunted you yet? One minor suggestion. . . being a Brit, PAL is our standard and, because you have all nationalities viewing your material, it might be helpful for the PAL area to be mentioned in the initial project set up too. I know about PAL and NTSC but others may not. Hope you don't mind this tiny point? I can't thank you enough for the guidance you've given me already . . . you're a very patient guy with us newbies! Thanks.
Bill, thanks for the "thumbs up" too on those Harm set ups, it's good to get confirmation from someone who's done it and proved the case. I don't have RAID either but the settings below that level are perfectly fine for me. I'm really looking forward to my next, properly configured project.
You are most welcome, and happy editing!
And thank YOU for your kind words too, Shotan!
For the record, Adobe may not have me on their payroll, but they have been very supportive to both me personally and to Muvipix.com. For one thing, they've allowed me the privilege of hosting this forum for over 5 years now. And for Muvipix, they've occasionally answered questions directly and they've always come through with generous donations of great prizes for our regular video contests.