Your project settings probably do not match the video specs. And possibly your video will not work in Premiere Elements.
What model of camcorder are you shooting our video with?
When you started your Premiere Elements project, which settings did you select? If you chose settings that match your video precisely, there will not be red lines above the clips on your timeline until you add effects to them. Is that the case in your situation?
Welcome to the forum.
In addition to Steve's comments, what is the CODEC used by that Toshiba camera, and what is the speed, and number of cores of your CPU?
If it's any flavor of H.264, it will require vast CPU processing power for smooth playback.
Also, have you Rendered the Timeline, to see if that improves playback. This ARTICLE goes into more detail.
I believe the settings match. There is no red line above the clip in
the timeline. I have the camera set to 720p 30fps and I used the same setting for the project.
My camera is a Toshiba Camileo x100
I am unfamiliar with CODEC as it relates to the camera.
How or where do I find out this info?
You can download a program called Media Info and open the file in it.
OR you could just tell us the model of the camcorder and we might be able to look it up online.
I read your post and have also been having the same exact problem of footage "stuttering" when shot with the Toshiba Camileo x100 ever since the day I began using Premiere Elements and just gave up! I'm wondering if there is ANYONE out there using the Camileo without problems, most noticeable, the "skipping" or stuttering of footage... especially when working with panning shots.
Also, I noticed that Steve said that both programs just might not be be compatable? I didn't know that such a conflict could exist, and I'm beginning to wonder if that jsut might be the case with the Toshiba Camileo and Premiere Elements.
Would love to hear your feedback and thoughts. For me, I think it's more than the codec settings.
The camcorder purports to shoot in standard AVC.
If so, you should only shoot in FHD 1920x1080i if you plan to edit in Premiere Elements. (Make sure it's 1920x1080i and not 1920x1080p.)
Then, when you start your new project, choose the settings for Full AVCHD 1920x1080 Stereo and your video should work perfectly. (Especially if you use Premiere Elements Get Media/From Flip, AVCHD and Hard Disk Camcorder tool to get the video from the camcorder to the computer.)
If there's a challenge, it's that the cam appears to save its video with a .avi suffix -- which is completely non-standard! If you manually change this suffix to the more conventional .m2t, it should work perfectly in a project set up as above.
Try it. It will work if you ensure that the camcorder and the program are speaking the same language.
Steve thanks for your valuable assistance. I will be sure to tinker with both the camera and program later on tonight, after work.
I'm afraid to ask.... what about the footage that I've already shot? Is that a lesson learned or can it be "corrected" to avoid the jitters/stuttering, especially when looking at panning type of shots.
I don't know, Anthony. I can only tell you what WILL definitely work. You're welcome to experiment with what you've already got and see if you can make it work.
You have been very helpful so far, thank you.
Converting the footage worked, although I'm not sure this is the process I will always want to go through. I had to download a program called WINX HD Video Converter. I converted from avi to mov and it still didn't work. I converted from avi to mpeg4 and it worked. there was no option to convert to m2t.
Do I need a program like this to convert? I have the free trial now and don't want to pay until I know it's the right program.
First, I tried updating the settings I was shooting with but that didn't work. I shot at Full HD, 1080i and setup my project the same but the footage was still very choppy.
So... Adobe Premiere does not like avi files? Should I just get a different camera that is more compatible?
I also thought I could use this camera to digitize VHS footage but it doesn't accept input, shouldn't a digital video camera be able to accept input as well?
You should not need to convert your video files if you shot the video as I recommended above and used the specs I suggested. Changing the suffix to .m2t should make the 1920x1080i video work in Premiere Elements.
I've no idea why Toshiba is using the AVI format for its video files. Premiere Elements can of course work with certain types of AVI video files. But these files aren't true AVIs! They're M2Ts. And when the camcorder outputs them as AVIs it serves only to confuse the editing software.
So how do I manually change the suffix from .avi to .m2t ?
It might be as easy as just changing the file extension in Windows Explorer, or a similar utility, or the file might need to be "rewrapped," by a utility that handles that.
I would try the former first, and test.
Thanks for that link and Colin's rewrapper suggestion. You just saved me a bunch of searching and poking around.
Re "So... Adobe Premiere does not like avi files?" and "can work with certain AVIs"
As far as low resolution around 560 to 720, PE loves AVI files more than any other - as long as they are 'proper' AVI files and not something else that has merely been renamed as AVI.
Well-said. AVI is but three letters after a dot in the file name. It is virtually meaningless, as an AVI file can contain almost anything. It is but a "wrapper," like the foil paper on a stick of gum. This ARTICLE goes into more detail.