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In fact, Adobe even issued a patch for the program -- and part of the patch's function was to TURN OFF THE BACKGROUND RENDERING function completely. (In version 9, the Background Rendering feature was removed completely.)
So first, go to the Help menu and select Check for Updates to ensure you have this patch.
Then, just to be sure, go to the Edit menu, select Preferences and uncheck the Background Rendering option.
The feature just isn't worth the problems it causes.
Thanks a lot for the info. Ithas speeded up the pc, but I am now getting jerky motion on playing back the clips I have downloaded. Is this normal, or do I need to "tweak" something else?
ps, you will have deduced from the above, that I am a complete Novice!!
It sounds as though your project has not been set up properly.
What type of camcorder is your video coming from and how did you get it into your computer? When you started your Premiere Elements project, which settings did you select?
My free 8-part Basic Training tutorial series at Premiere Elements support site Muvipix.com may be of some help.
And, for more information, I've written books for each version of the software.
I have a Canon Legria HF200 camcorder. I downloaded the PE8 programme and just used the defaulkt settings - as I said, I am a complete beginner and thought it better to ake the default, rather than try to mess with the programme from a state of ignorance! Any tips will be welcom, though I will check you online tutorial and look out for you book.
IIRC, the default Project Preset is going to be either DV NTSC, or DV PAL, and will not match your Source Footage, which is AVCHD HD.
Along with Steve's books, and Learning Series, HERE is a partial list of resources, that you might find helpful.