Have you gone to the nVidia or ATI web sites and downloaded the latest firmware for your video card?
Do you have the latest version of Quicktime from Apple.com?
What type of camcorder is this video coming from and which project settings are you using in Premiere Elements?
Welcome to the forum.
Can you tell us a couple of things:
The full specs. of those Video files?
The video card that you have, plus what the driver number and date are?
Hi, thank you for the replys
the video files are mpg taken by a camera with the video feature.
640x480, 25fps , average bitrate 2562kbps (313KB/s)
video card is Intel Graphic Media Accelerator Driver 1024MB,
09/28/2010 version 184.108.40.20603
I dont have ATI or nVidia.
I have latest version of Qicktime. I am not sure about the camera type, but it was a usual $150 range camera with the video feature.
Project settings are NTSC DV Standard 48kHz preset available when creating new project.
Right off the top, I see three problems:
The footage is 25 FPS, which is the PAL standard. NTSC should be 29.97 (often referred to as 30 FPS).
The footage is 640 x 480 (we don't yet know the PAR - Pixel Aspect Ratio), and the DV NTSC Project is 720 x 480 with either PAR = 0.9,or 1.2.
The embedded Intel graphics chips lack driver support. Now, if you have an HP, or a Dell, or similar, they might have more recent video drivers, but Intel, while making good chips, has very, very lacking driver support. Personally, I recommend not using an Intel graphics chip, but many laptops and even desktops incorporate them in the MoBo. They are fine for general computing, but not video-editing. Do you have a laptop, or a desktop?
Now, let's dissect those MPEG files. Download and install the great, free utility, G-SPOT. Open one of those MPEG files in it, and then do a screen-cap of the G-Spot screen. That should have a lot of useful info, and maybe something there will help someone pin-point the exact issue.
Hi Bill, thank you for your reply.
I see that I picked the incorrect preset. Is there a simple way to convert it to another one?
I am also enclosing the screenshot from G-spot.
Lastly, it is a desktop PC, Lenovo ThinkCentre at my work. If this issue is related to the graphic card, then I can request new graphic card. When I tried the free trial version, it worked ok so I wasn't paying attention to this.I just need to put few clips from camera together time to time for a website, nothing really special.
Thank you for the tests. Since this cannot be a GOP problem, I am at a loss.
Here are those other threads, thanks to Neale:
I think that it was in one of these, that A T Romano did extensive testing of all of the Menu Sets in PrE 9.
Good luck, and I am puzzled as heck,
thanks, I will look at it. However, I have no idea why there is the issue with the black screen.
hm, I was thinking, that it might be related to the graphic card since it looks like that it cannot hold the video clips in memory? Because when I open the project, the clips are (sometimes) ok, then I start editing subtitles or other effects and the video part of the clips start dissapearing. Then I either click to edit the original file or I try to do some other clicking around in menus and then the video part is back , sometimes it isnt, , etc. (btw, the whole video timeline is 90 seconds long)
So if I sould buy a new graphic card, which one would you recommend?
so I requested a graphic card. I have GeForce 8400 ES and it didn't help. Still have the same issue.
From nvidia's site they don't show a 8400 ES. Do you mean 8400SE? Although "new" to you it is actually quite old (by technology standards) - a 2008 product. So the graphics drivers provided with the card will be ancient. You should get and install the most recent version (266.58WHQL) from nvidia.
While your at it check all these other basics as well:
Install all Windows Updates.
Install latest version of Apple QuickTime (v7.6.9 at time of writing). Even if you don't use QuickTime, PRE relies heavily on it.
- Install most recent graphics and sound drivers from the manufacturers web sites.
- Install PRE9 v9.0.1 update.
- Delete BadDrivers.txt (use windows search to find it)
- Run Disk Cleanup.
- Run Defragmenter.
- Reboot your PC.
- Temporarily disable any anti-virus realtime scanning.
And give us some information about your clips and hardware:
- Use the GSpot Codec Information Utility to analyse the file and post screen image.
- What project preset did you use?
- Where did the clip come from?
- How did you get it into PRE?
- Post back here with the necessary information described here: Got a Problem? How to Get Started
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thank you for all suggestions.
I used the program for different project and I didnt have the issue. It seems therefore, that the issue is related to the file type that I used.
Starting with great source footage, and then choosing a Project Preset, that matches it, will go a very long way towards insuring success.
Thank you Bill.
I will enjoy editing. Unfortunately, I don't have any way to control the source since it is submitted to me and I have to deal with that. I will try to convert it to regular format before using Adobe products.
I feel your pain, as I also have to deal with client footage, and it can range all over the place.
In general, if I cannot get original footage from the client, I point out the quality hit, that they have already taken, and then just convert all footage to DV-AVI Type II w/ 48KHz 16-bit PCM/WAV Audio, to Import into my NLE program. I'm only doing SD Projects, so that is the ultimate file to work with. I do not try to work with the supplied footage, if not DV-AVI Type II to start with. This saves me a lot of work, trying to fight each Clip in every step of the editing. This applies to DivX, Xvid, WMV, MPEG, etc. The only exception is MOV (from a Mac) with the Animation CODEC. I use a lot of 3D animations from Mac-only artists, so specify the MOV Animation setting, and that works fine on my PC's.
Good luck, and you are not alone,