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I edit AVCHD with PPro CS5 and do not have any problems... a link to the computer I built is in my CS5/AVCHD 1st Impressions http://forums.adobe.com/thread/652694?tstart=0
I do NOT mix codec types, so I have no idea if that is causing your problems
Read Harm on drive setup http://forums.adobe.com/thread/662972?tstart=0
This is aimed at Premiere Pro, but may help
Work through all of the steps (ideas) listed at http://ppro.wikia.com/wiki/Troubleshooting
If your problem isn't fixed after you follow all of the steps, report back with ALL OF THE DETAILS asked for in the FINALLY section, the questions at the end of the troubleshooting link
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In my nine years of experience with this program, I've learned to NEVER mix video types in the same project. It leads to nothing but trouble (and problems you may not even notice until you output your DVD!)
The ideal format to edit with this program is the DV-AVI, video which is captured over FireWire from a miniDV camcorder. Is that the footage you're talking about when you say you have AVIs?
Remember, AVIs are just a package, and can contain any of hundreds of codecs -- most of which are not compatible with Premiere Elements. Some video still cameras, for instance, is in the AVI format, but it is not compatible with Premiere Elements without being converted first.
As for your other formats, here's the best solution for converting:
Add the VOB files to a project that's been set up with the Hard Drive or DVD project settings. Put the video on the timeline and go to Share/Personal Computer/AVI to output this video as DV-AVIs.
Add your AVCHD to a project using the correct AVCHD projects settings. (There are four different AVCHD presets, so make sure you choose the correct one, as I describe in my books, available on Amazon.com and at the Muvipix store, and in my Basic Training with Premiere Elements tutorials on videomaker support site http://Muvipix.com, and using the wrong one will give you problematic results.) Then use Share/Personal Computer/AVI to output this video as DV-AVIs.
You can then mix all of these AVIs in a project set up with the DV project preset and you should have no problems.
I'll have to take a more thorough look at the guidelines but, at a cursory glance, my system seems in pretty good shape. Thanks for the suggestions, I'll give them a try.
My current camera is producing the DV-AVI. (Sorry. I'm enough of a novice that I didn't catch on to the distinction.) My older videos are the ones coming from a variety of sources. The VOB files are from VHS tapes converted to DVD and/or from a camera that produced miniDVD, which I no longer use. Since these are family home videos, they are pretty important to me and at the core of my projects, by which I'm trying to boil down decades of long home movies into smaller more entertaining "best of" movies. The AVCHD files are not big players at this point, since they are from my son's camera.
I'll try the conversion suggestions. Thanks for the help!
Lots more reading...
Read Bill Hunt on a file type as WRAPPER http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037?tstart=0
What is a CODEC... a Primer http://forums.adobe.com/thread/546811?tstart=0
What CODEC is INSIDE that file? http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037?tstart=0
Read Bill Hunt on editing a VOB/MPG file http://forums.adobe.com/thread/464549?tstart=0
Tools to Convert to DV-AVI http://forums.adobe.com/thread/415317?tstart=0
I have NOT used the products below, I only forward due to other mentions
Convert your files to DV-AVI Type II with 48KHz 16-bit Audio
Or, if you want to edit a divx file, start at http://www.divx.com/
$90 http://www.magix.com/us/movie-edit-pro/ plus $5 Ship
$70 http://www.nchsoftware.com/prism/index.html Converter
$40 http://www.deskshare.com/dmc.aspx Digital Media Converter
$00 http://www.squared5.com/ MPEG Streamclip Converter
$00 http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html Multi-Converter <-- supposed to be very good
$00 http://www.virtualdub.org/ Mpeg to AVI Converter