What model of camcorder did your original video come from and what format was it in?
What settings did you select when you started your Premiere Elements project? If youv'e selected the correct settings for your project, there will be no red lines above your video clips when you add them to your timeline. Is this the case in your project?
Umm actually the video was made up of .avi files from a program called Bandicam.
I dont remember choosing settings actaully. I just imported the files. There are no red lines though.
>avi files from a program called Bandicam
What are the details of what is inside the files?
Read Bill Hunt on a file type as WRAPPER http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037
What is a CODEC... a Primer http://forums.adobe.com/thread/546811
What CODEC is INSIDE that file? http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037
Report back with the codec details of your file, use the programs below
For Mac http://mediainfo.massanti.com/
I agree with John. Most likely that Bandicam is using a codec Premiere Elements can't work with.
John's excellent links should help you figure out what's going on.
The thing is I can view the files fine INSIDE adobe elements. Its when I try to export that things get wierd. Like you guys said though it still may have something to do with the codecs because the original files have all the required codecs. However, when I inspected the file made by premiere elements it said the codecs were uncertain or something of that nature. Gspot didnt show any direct issues though so Im not really sure if its becaues im missing some codecs or its another problem.
I think, based on what you're saying, that is exactly the case. Bandicam is using a codec that Premiere Elements can't re-encode.
When you render your timeline (press Enter) does the red line above the clips turn green and then does the timeline play smoothly?
It could also be that the problem is in Premiere Elements. Sometimes when I edit a file in PRE, the video portion goes dark but the sound is still there. This is most likely to occur if I'm using multiple files--stills + video. If I export the file into an MP4 file, I'll have a black screen if you haven't repaired the problem. Often I have to do the following:
1. When I run into a dark screen, I undo the edit to get the video+sound back.
2. Once I'm sure it's working right I save/export it to a to an MP4 file.
3. Then, I reload the edited file and continue on with my video editing.