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Have you really used all but a few hundred gigs of your 1 terrabyte drive,Beany? That could be cause for concern.
I hope that you maintain your system regularly, removing your temp and scratch files and defragmenting regularly, per my books and the FAQs to the right of this forum.
In fact, with 90% of your drive full, defragmenting regularly is singlularly important, since the program requires huge chunks of contiguous space in order to function. (You also seem to imply you have two hard drives. If this is the case, have you ensured that both are formatted for NTFS and not FAT32?)
Beyond that, there's some precious information missing from your post:
1) When you created your new projects, did you put them inside a folder or did you save them to the main directory on your drive? There are a number of issues associated with saving your project files to your main directory and, as I explain in my books, you should not only save your project files inside a folder structure, but there are a number or good reasons for creating a new folder for each project file you create.
2) It's not really clear where you source video is coming from or which project presets you're using for your Premiere Elements project -- but those factors alone can be a big determiner in how successful your project is and in how efficiently the program performs.
Have you assured that your project settings match your source footage?
With your DVD files, for instance, did you ensure that your project is set up for DVD or Hard Drive Camcorders?
3) Finally, I'm very concerned that you say you have no Share output presets. This is usually an indicator of a failed or corrupt installation, and this should be addressed before you even attempt a project.
HD Space: The issue is I backup to the same disk. That will change shortly with a external server
I have 2 HD setup as a RAID 0(stripped) for speed.
All of them are in
I think you are saying I should create a separate folder for each project within this main directory.
It comes from Christmas DVD that is not copy protected.
To Get Media, I use AVCHD or other hard disk/memory device to import it into PE8
The reason I use this setting is the content seems to be a much higher quality then if i use DVD (Camcorder or PC DVD Drive).
I am not sure how to match the presets here.
I try to create a PC File. SO I go to that section. The presets there all seem to work (MPEG, etc). However when I go to the QuickTime preset, that is when I have a problem.
I am glad to focus on this but i do not know where to even start.
Here is what I get:
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For a DVD you should be using the DV> Standard project preset (NTSC or PAL as appropriate). Depending on how well the DVD complies with DVD Standards you may need to convert the VOB files to DV-AVI before import to PRE. See: What tools can I use to convert my video to DV-AVI?
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I'm still not sure what settings you're using for your project. When you begin a new project, do you select specfic settings or do you just go with the default settings? As I said, matching your project's settings (not your output settings, but the settings you select when you create your project) is vital to creating a successful, quality project.
I'm not sure why you're saving your project files inside your Program Files directory -- but I sure don't recommend doing so. If, for some reason, you should need to reinstall your software, you very much risk losing all of your video work!
I have a lot to learn!
The projects i do are alwys the default
I have some work to do to answer the other questions which I will do.
However, what i did was to get it going and export it to AVI so i can then create a new project and edit that one safely. Not elegant but i think based on the things I read it will be a work around as I figure out the other problems.
As always, thank you.