Has installed PE8 incl. update and has captured some 40 raw AVI files (size typically 12-18GB) from my SONY PC-101E DV camera using MS CaptureWizard. The workflow is simple - get AVI file in PE8 and Share as MPEG DVD PAL without any modifications. But PE8 constantly crashes! I have tried following the tips for NVidia users, but this doesn't help - I have tried installing PE8 on 2 other computers (HP W7/64/6GB+Dell W7/32/4GB), but still the same. PE8 crashes with no warning/error messages - PE8 is simply "gone."
I can see PE8 generates Peak files successfully (even though completed it keeps on doing the same next time I start???), and sometimes background rendering/completion reaches 6-15% before it crashes.
I have managed to save/convert/share some 25 files without problems, but some files simply won't work.
Absolutely! AVI, as Bill often points out on this forum, is just an envelope. What matters is the codec (compression system) the video file uses. AVIs can use any of thousands of codecs, only a few of which work well with Premiere Elements.
As I point out in my books, the ideal video for editing is the DV-AVI, the type of file that is produced when you capture from a miniDV camcorder over a Firewire/iLink connection.
It doesn't look like your camcorder is a miniDV.
And the software you're capturing the video with may not be capturing to the DV codec. One indicator would be if, when you put the clips on your timeline, there is a red line above the clips. This is a good indicator that you're using an incompatible AVI codec.
Open an AVI in Windows Media Player. Go to File/Properties and it will show you which codec your file is using.