Occasionally, this buggy behavior creeps into the program.
There is a workaround -- and the results are often better than what Premiere Elements produces.
Use Share/Computer/AVI to create a DV-AVI.
Import that DV-AVI into Windows MovieMaker and output your WMV from this program (using the Cable Modem quality for online).
As an alternative to MovieMaker, you can use Microsoft's free Media Encoder, which converts a number of formats.
Along with Steve's suggestions, how much defragmented free space to you have on the destination HDD, and is it formatted to NTSF, or FAT-32?
Many users feel that the MS WMV encoder does a better job, than either PrE, or PrPro. Once, the MS encoder was removed from the MS page, but they have released a new one. Neale posted the name of the new one recently, but I have forgotten what it is now - was Windows Media Encoder, and IIRC, the new one is named in a similar fashion.
Thanks for the workarounds - I am working on these now.
I am trying the MovieMaker now. I noticed that I
need to put in all of my transitions again from
the DV AVI, so it is taking some time.
The Media Encoder requires SP3 on XP and I had a
problem when I installed it some time ago, so this won't work.
I'll get back re. the MovieMaker.
Thanks so much.
I am using my drive D which has about 250 gigs of
free space. It is NTFS. I can't check the defrag space right now.
I found that I still have the Canopus ProCoder on
my computer and am also trying this. When I used
it earlier, it did a fairly good job of keeping
the space requirements to a minimum.
I think Steve's link pointed to MS WMV encoder,
but that requires SP3 on XP and there is a
problem loading this on my machine, so I will need to forego this software.
Thanks so much for the help. I will check the issues you raised as well.
This forum is really very helpful.
Thank you for that info. The reason that I asked is that HDD's can get filled up, and rather quickly. When Exporting/Sharing an AV file, one often finds that the Encoding/Export stops, due to lack of space. Also, FAT-32 limits file sizes to ~ 4GB. Neither of those applies to your case.
On the other hand, if you haven't been able to load SP3 on your XP machine, that could be an indicator of more serious problems. And it could very well be why you can't output a WMV from Premiere Elements.
If the Expressions Media Encoder or MovieMaker doesn't work, I'd try to figure out what's going on with Windows. It could be that a previous update corrupted something. Or it could be some troubling malware!
Expressions Media Encoder
Thanks for listing the current name. It was just eluding me and my feeble memory.
I also agree that the failure to install SP3 could well point to other issues.