You can't really work well with uncompressed AVIs as source video. It's way too big and ungainly and often causes problems (as you're experiencing).
The ideal source format for Premiere Elements is the DV-AVI -- AVIs using the NTSC or PAL DV codec. It's a much more manageable size, but with minimal compression and minimal loss of quality.
The program I'm using to create the animation, Seemage, gives me the following avi save options. Which would you recommend?
Cinepak Codec by Radius
Intel 4:2:0 Video V2.50
Intel Indeo Video R3.2
Intel Indeo 4.5
Intel IYUV codec
Microsoft Video 1
Microsoft H.263 Video Codec
Microsoft H.261 Video Codec
Indeo video 5.10
TechSmith Screen Capture Codec
Microsoft Windows Media Video 9
3ivx MPEG-4 5.0.3 Video Codec
Full Frames (uncompressed)
So far, I've tried Cinepak and the video came ot jumpy, and 3ivx, which wasn't too bad, but I did lose some resolution; looked a little blotchy in spots.
1 person found this helpful
Which program is this? You'll also want to make sure whatever program it is, that it's saving your video at a standard frame rate! 30 fps might work.
And what is your frame size? Is it 640x480? 720x480? 1280x720? 1920x1080?
Try exporting with the 3ivx codec. Then open a Premiere Elements 9 project using the Flip camcorder project setting. (Again, which one you use depends on your frame size -- standard def or hi-def.)
Ideally your video should not have red lines above it when you place it on your timeline. Is that the case?
If not, try changing the suffix on those 3ivx files to .mp4.
Sorry for just speculating -- but you're dealing with some non-standard video source here, so you're going to need to do some experimenting.
Wow. Just for grins, I just tried this in Windows Moviemaker. Resulting wmv was 3 MB and looked great. Adobe, you need to get your act together.
That may be a little unfair, Mack -- since you haven't yet done the research to ensure you're matching project settings to source files.
But oh well. If you've found a solution that works, go with it.
Sorry. Didn't mean to ruffle any feathers, but if Windows moviemaker handles the source video okay, it just seems to me that a more sophisticated program like Elements would handle it even better.I would prefer to use Elements because you can do more with it than moviemaker.
Okay frame size is 640x480. There is a redline above the clip on the timeline. What does that mean?
Sorry. Also forgot to mention the program name. It's 3DVia by Dassault Systems. It's kind of like a CAD program except it takes CAD info and allows you to buikd virtual assemblies, in our case forklifts. Then you can save Hi-res images or set up timelines and save video animations that show the assembly moving or animate an exploded view, etc.
Frame size is 640x480 24-bit color. 72x72 dpi. 30 fps.
Still think it stinks that I can import an uncompressed avi into a wimpy little program like Windows movie maker, yet premiere elements doesn't seem to be able to handle it..
On the other hand, since the program isn't designed to, there's no reason it should.
Glad you found a solution in MovieMaker.
Why would it not be designed to handle an uncompressed avi?
Because it wasn't intented to. No camcorder produces it and it's a big, clunky format to work with.
This is turning into a pretty circular discussion, Mack. You've found something that works. You're not going to accomplish anything railing at a program that isn't designed to.
I'm railing? I don't think so. I thought I was trying to get help with a product that I spent good money on. Secondly I was unaware that PrE was only for editing video from a camcorder.
Just seems to me that if the program is capable of outputting an avi it should be able to receive one. I don't know if the problem lies in the type of uncompressed avi that 3DVIA is outputting or PrE's inability to edit it. Either way, I though Adobe might care enough about its customers that they might want to know.
You can contact Adobe by clicking the Contact Adobe at the bottom of every web page on this site.