When you started your project, did you select the settings for Hard Disk Camcorder? This is very important.
Did you place the disc in your computer's disc drive and then use the Media Downloader in Premiere Elements (Get Media/From DVD Camcorder or PC DVD Drive) to rip the files to your computer?
Is your C drive clean and defragmented? Are you copying your video to a drive other than your C drive?
The more details you can give us describing the steps you're taking, the more likely we'll be able to help you.
Thanks so much for the quick response.
When I start my project I do have the Hard Disk Camcorder setting selected. I did clean the C drive and defragment as well. I put the finalized disc into my computer's disc drive and used the Media Downloader in Premiere Elements; selecting the Get Media from DVD Camcorder or PC DVD Drive. I get the same results. Only a small part of the dvd is being imported. I am not copying to any other drive. The camcorder the discs are coming from is a Panosonic VDR-D220. I have also tried to plug the camcorder into the computer via USB and import the media with all the same steps mentioned above with the same result.
When I look at the info. on the disc, it shows 15 files. The files are a combination of vob, ifo and bup.
They are listed like this:
video_ts bup file 18kb
video_ts.ifo ifo file 18kb
video_ts vob file 166kb
vts_01_0 bup file 14kb
vts_01_0.ifo ifo file 14kb
vts_01_0 vob file 51,538kb
vts_02-0 bup file 16kb
vts_02_0.ifo ifo file 16kb
vts_02_0 vob file 275,850kb
vts_03_0 bup file 32kb
vts_03_0.ifo ifo file 32kb
vts_03_0 vob file 1,025,046kb
vts_04_0 bup file 14kb
vts_04_0.ifo ifo file 14kb
vts_04_0 vob file 16,278kb
I am not sure if all that info helps or not. If there is something else I can tell you, please let me know.
Thanks for your help.
The VOB files are the ones that you want. Each contains the MPEG-2 data streams. The IFO (Info) and BUP (Backup) files are to instruct a DVD player, or DVD playing software, how to play the VOB's.
Not sure why you are getting truncated files though. One thought (but the math does not work for me), is that each VOB can only be ~ 1GB, so the MPEG-2 file will be segmented over however many VOB's is required. Also, the first VOB contains any Menus, or navigation, so that segment of the MPEG-2 stream will likely be a bit shorter. As this material comes from a camera, I would expect any Menus and navigation to be very rudimentary, and NOT take up much space in the first VOB, unlike an authored DVD, that might actually fill up that first VOB with Menus and navigation (that is why one is limited to a total of 1GB for ALL Menus - it's got to fit in that first VOB). Still, the MPEG-2 content of that first VOB should be longer than ~ 9 mins., at least by my calculations. Not sure what is happening, but maybe Steve has seen this, and will have some useful ideas for you.
Now, I do see that your first VOB is smaller, and I was calculating with it at the full size of ~ 1GB, like your VOB 3. Not sure why VOB 1 and VOB 2 are smaller files, but have to admit that I have never worked from material shot on a mini-DVD camcorder, so that might be normal. Again, others should be able to help you.
Can you copy the required vob files to the hard disk and then try to import that into PrE? I know that it should not be a necessary step, since there is a Video importer in PrE. Just to see if this works.
Just an afterthought.
The vob files require conforming, indexing etc. which means that there are additional files generated everytime a vob is imported. And it is these "additional files" that are actually used when you think you are editing the vob. You should see this in the lower right corner of the app where these events are shown. For these files to be created, there needs to be enough space in the HDD where the media cache is located. (Media cache preferences are in Edit->Preferences->Media Cache)
If this space is not available you may run into these issues.
I too have this same problem. Same OS also. Oddly, when I use an older version - PE 7 on a Vista OS, the problem disappears.