It's always helpful if we know exactly what steps you're taking, Mo, so we can help you figure out where you're going wrong.
As I say in my books, to get video from an AVCHD camcorder, you must:
1) Create a new project and ensure that you've selected the proper project preset for your cam's AVCHD format.
2) Plug the camcorder into your computer's USB and use Get Media, From Flip, AVCHD and Hard Disk Camcorder to bring your video clips in.
3) Your video clips will appear in the Project media panel. This panel is opened by clicking on the Project button. (Not the Media button, as you would suppose.)
In addition to the books, I've created a series of free 8-part Basic Training tutorial series for Premiere Elements support site Muvipix.com. They'll show you how to do a lot of the basics. And, if you like them, there are also Intermediate Training and tutorials for specific tasks on the site.
Thanks for the reply..
I was successful in loading the MTS files off the desktop/usb but it still doesn't "read" the camera in the way I expected.
Also unexpected is the EXTREMELY choppy preview in the timeline after everything is imported and audio conformed. This is crazy.
I don't know if I can deal with this.. I have literally spent all day on it. Back to iMovie 9 for me...
What are the specs. of your computer, and especially the CPU?
What is the Project Preset that you chose?
Do you have a red line above the Clips, when you drag them to the Timeline?
13" Macbook pro core 2 duo 2.26 GHz
4 gig memory
didnt see a red line
don't know what "preset " unless you're talking about the camera pre, which I think was the AVCHD 1920/1080
But Like I said, it wouldn't detect the camera, I had to go to the usb icon on the desktop to get MTS files. I've since shut it down and will try tomorrow, or until my
30 day trial is up
I like what this offers, I really think premiere is better, but this learning curve is not helping..
With a Core2 Duo, you will never get smooth editing of AVCHD (or any flavor of H.264) material. A fast, newer Quad-Core is the absolute minimum, and a newer i7-9xx series CPU will be even better.
Your computer, if properly tuned, shoudl edit SD material adequately.
Sorry for the bad news,
I think my friend who recommended premiere told me this 6 months ago, but I thought that was for Pro. I was hoping Premiere was a scaled down
pro-sumer version for someone like me..
Bummer, cause iMoveie actually sucks...
Thanks for keeping me from pulling the rest of my hair out..
Elements is a scaled down version of PrPro.
What differs in this case is that Apple's NLE programs cannot edit AVCHD natively, and have to create proxy files for editing. Adobe went a different route. Their NLE's do edit the native footage, so no proxy files required. This has many benefits, but one downside is that one needs a powerful computer for AVCHD and other types of H.264 CODEC files.
>my friend who recommended premiere told me this 6 months ago, but I thought that was for Pro
The hardware requirements for AVCHD are just about the same for PPro and PElements... allowing for the fact that PE is a 32bit program so can't use as much ram as PPro for the editing process
As Hunt said... an i7 is really needed for AVCHD... plus at least 2 hard drives, 3 are better
My CS5/AVCHD 1st Impressions http://forums.adobe.com/thread/652694?tstart=0 includes a link to the computer I built... since the GTX 285 is no longer sold, I would now go with a GTX 460 or whatever is the current "best bang for the buck" - AND I would buy 4Gig-by-3Sticks memory to be able to expand from 12Gig to 24Gig if needed
For my home hobbyist, family movies (which means that I am not trying to recreate Star Wars with video effects or many layers) AVCHD editing is "as smooth as spreading warm butter on hot toast" (also the MP4 video from wife's Flip camera)
My 3 hard drives are configured as... (WD = Western Digital)
1 - 320G WD Win7 64bit Pro and all programs
2 - 320G WD Win7 swap file and video projects
3 - 1T WD all video files... read and write
>told me this 6 months ago
Added... viewing a file and editing a file are VERY different things
When you view a file (Windows Media Player, or whatever you use) it is like getting in your car to drive to the store... no special tools needed
When you edit a file (especially AVCHD) it is like taking the transmission out of your car to change the gears for more towing torque or a higher top speed... MANY special tools needed
Thanks to everyone for responding... I'm really getting a good education and good idea of what goes on when you record/edit/ and deal with video files
I reckon tht's why everyone gets the mac, you don't need to know why :-) until you're not happy with it and and need to find out what's actually going on..
I guess I'll have to save my money for a faster/more powerful machine
this apple intermediate codec is reallly getting on my nerves...