Welcome to the forum.
What happens, when you choose Open and navigate to that Project? Do you get any error messages, or does the program just hang?
Also, let us know a bit more about that Project, with the Preset, and the Assets used, plus the approximate Duration of the Timeline.
I'm having the same difficulty, however I had no problem opening projects until the 5th or 6th time. I once got a message about a problem opening compressed files. But I can't even re-create that, no matter which way I try to open them. There are 9 projects ranging from 89KB to 800kb. They were all composed of mp4 files. The timelines were mostly 3-4 minutes. All but the last one can be deleted, as they are just attempts to learn the process.
Glad to hear you're experimenting before jumping right in and working on a big project, kkibbe.
Most likely your challenge is with your source files. You don't say where your MP4 files are from, but the current version of Premiere Elements can not edit video from still cameras or from Flip style pocket camcorders. In most cases this video will need to be converted to a more traditional format in order to be successfully edited in this program.
First. Thanks for the helpful advice. Second. What is the most efficient type file to convert to for elements 8? I'm totally new to this. Thanks, -kevin
The most efficient file is the DV-AVI, per the FAQs to the right of this forum. Super should convert the MP4s to DV-AVIs for free, but the best converter is Quicktime Pro, available for $29 from Apple.com.
If you've got any more question about this, please start your own thread. We don't want hijack this thread from the original poster.
many thanks again. I'll see how it goes. Didn't mean to hijack, I just thought it may be a relevent topic.
thanks again, -kk
Hi, thanks for your reply. Since posting I have tried to install the latest patch for the program. It wouldn't let me do this from within the open program but I downloaded it from the Adobe website then installed from the saved location. However this made things worse as I was then able to open the project but immediately it opened the program minimised to the taskbar and clicking on it did nothing. After that I couldn't even get to the Welcome screen. I have now uninstalled it but am wondering whether I will be able to reinstall as I wasn't able to deactivate the registration, not being able to open the program. I will see shortly. The project is only 4 minutes long but it was created using video clips from my Canon Powershot G9 and I notice from one posting that this may be a problem. As for presets and assets used, sorry but I'm fairly new to this and can't answer those questions!
Also, I have just had a message from the Adobe support team with suggestions for further solving of the problem and I will try these later. Will let you know if I'm successful.
Your help is much appreciated.
An update to my problem with Premiere Elements 8. I uninstalled the program for the second time and tried to do some things I was advised to by the Adobe support team. In short none of it made any difference. Then for no apparent reason everything started to work as it should and is still doing so at present (crossing fingers hard!). The only thing I did in between times was to disconnect my wireless connection to the router and use a wired connection but I'm sure that can not have had any effect.
I am still not happy with things, however, as if it can suddenly work properly for no reason then equally, in my experience, things can go wrong again for no good reason. I have contacted the support team to enquire about getting a free upgrade to version 9 as you hinted may be possible.
Many thanks for your help.
I have only just installed the program
It will be worth your while contacting Adobe. You should be eligible for a free upgrade to PRE9.
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