What model of camcorder is your video footage coming from?
Which settings did you select when you set up your Premiere Elements project?
How much free, clean, defragmented space is on your C drive?
Are you editing video that's on your C drive or is your video and project on a second or external drive?
And have you ensured you have the latest version of Quicktime, per the program's requirements?
Steve - thanks.
SAMSUNG Camcorder HMX-H200P
Frame Rate same as source, 59.94 FPS
Field order None (Progressive)
not selected – “Render at Maximum Depth. “
Bit rate encoding CBR
bitrate level custom
bitrate (Mbps}: 1.
not selected “Set Frame Distance”
Frequency 44.1 kHz
Audio Quality High
Bitrate [kbps]: 128
Source Clip Sequence 01
1280x720 (1.) 59.49 fps Progressive 02,08,48,52
4800 Hz, stereo
Clean space 32 gig. It will fill it if left unattended. I had about 60 before I started this, so still looking for a unwanted PE9 file.
Same drive, all processes.
Quicktime is very latest.
Your camcorder shoots AVCHD. You should be shooting in 1080/50i Superfine mode and the setting up your project to edit Full AVCHD 1920x1080. (The program may also work with video shot in 720/50p if you set up your project for AVCHD Lite 720 50p -- but I can't guarantee it will work with standard definition video from that camcorder.)
As it is, the program is forced to render all of the video you add to your project -- and that's going to eat up a large chunk of those 30 gigs of free space pretty quickly.
Try shooting some sample footage in 1080/50i and start a new project with Full AVCHD 1920x1080 settings and see if you see better performance.
In any event, you really should think about adding a second hard drive to your computer, and then you should store your project and media files on this drive. You really haven't got enough room or power to work with this kind of footage on a drive with only 30 gigs of free space left on it. This program leaves a very big footprint!
If you're using a laptop and can't drop a second hard drive into it, you might be able to get by with a very fast external hard drive as your second drive. But I'm just afraid your system is going to choke on video from this camcorder on your current system.
Thanks Steve, that is a lot of help.
Flash seems to be my best bet for size/quality. Any thoughts on why flash is the only failing format?
Sorry. No idea. Although it might not hurt to go to Adobe's site and download the latest version of its free Flash player. That may add a necessary component.