Most HDV camcorders can downsample right in the camcorder -- outputting standard DV over FireWire. (On Canon camcorders, this feature is called DV Lock.) That would save you having to use the program to convert the video.
What model of camcorder are you using?
A BSOD is almost always a sign of hardware issues. The main ones are:
1.) heat buildup affecting the CPU, the RAM or the HDD's
2.) RAM going bad
3.) Power Supply Unit going bad, not capable of handling the load or not configured properly to supply adequate voltage to the system components.
4.) MoBo going bad
This ARTICLE will give you some tools to test your system, and more.
This ARTICLE will guide you through gathering more info, that might be very useful.
This ARTICLE will give you tips on setting up your computer for an editing session.
This ARTICLE, though based on PrPro, will give you troubleshooting tips. Most will also apply to PrE.
This ARTICLE will give you tips for finding clues as to what is happening with the system and the program.
Good luck, and let us know what you find out,
Thanks for the help.
Nealeh - here is the screenshot
Steve - thanks for the input - I never saw that before on my camera. I use the Vixia HV30, and I just noticed that I can set the playback for SD, HD, or Auto, and I've got it on auto.
Hunt - thank you for the info. I've done burn-in testing, etc and have never had issues before with overheating. I've also specifically tested the RAM, the CPU, and the drives with no issues. Any more clues would be valuable.
I tried PRE7 and it hung also, but no BSOD. It was about 50% completed, and popped up the "Microsoft Send Error" box.
The last two articles, linked above, will help you find clues and tell you several things to check out. The last on will tell you where to look for clues on your BSOD. Unless you have cleared Event Viewer, those clues are still there for you to research.
Good luck, and I also would let the camera down-convert to SD. The quality will be better, and the overhead will be reduced.
I did some looking at the event viewer, and this is what I found.
Faulting application adobe premiere elements.exe, version 184.108.40.206, faulting module mcdvd_32.dll, version 4.2.12197.0, fault address 0x00008ac8.
0000: 41 70 70 6c 69 63 61 74 Applicat
0008: 69 6f 6e 20 46 61 69 6c ion Fail
0010: 75 72 65 20 20 61 64 6f ure ado
0018: 62 65 20 70 72 65 6d 69 be premi
0020: 65 72 65 20 65 6c 65 6d ere elem
0028: 65 6e 74 73 2e 65 78 65 ents.exe
0030: 20 37 2e 30 2e 30 2e 30 220.127.116.11
0038: 20 69 6e 20 6d 63 64 76 in mcdv
0040: 64 5f 33 32 2e 64 6c 6c d_32.dll
0048: 20 34 2e 32 2e 31 32 31 4.2.121
0050: 39 37 2e 30 20 61 74 20 97.0 at
0058: 6f 66 66 73 65 74 20 30 offset 0
0060: 30 30 30 38 61 63 38 0d 0008ac8.
Was there any link on that warning message? Were there any error, or warning messages at the same time?
Unfortunately, there is probably not a soul alive, who can use that code data, or at least I have not met them.
Odd, I don't think I've seen a GSpot screen with completely blank Audio and Video information (odder still is my fifteen year old daughter peering over my shoulder asking why I'm writing about Gpsots). Maybe try MediaInfo as well - MediaInfo
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I know I'm digging up an old post, but I thought it may be helpful to some.
I discovered that my problem was a bad stick of RAM. My PC is only a year or two old, but I thought I'd check to see if the RAM was bad. I could edit all day long in PRE8, but whenever I would encode the DVD, it would always crash - never the same place, and always with a different message. The only thing that seemed to re-occur was the crashing, although I did periodically get a BSOD.
So, I took 1 stick out, and tried encoding a half hour DVD - perfect result (and that's with only 1GB of RAM). I swapped the sticks, and tried to encode the same DVD and it crashed.
I have now replaced the sticks, so I have multiples of identical RAM, and all seems to be OK.
Just wanted to post in case it helped someone else.
Thank you for sharing.
With most instances of a BSOD, the causes are often:
1.) heat build up
Some of the tools in this ARTICLE can prove very helpful for troubleshooting those, plus some other causes.
Sorry for your experience, but it will possibly help someone else in the future.