Looks like a classic graphics driver problem. I'd check the manufacturer's web site for the most recent driver update.
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Thanks for the responses.
Nealeh - As I am using a Mac and it's fully updated, I don't think there is a way I can update the driver - it's done through the system.
Bill Hunt - Looked at the threads you suggested - seems like similar problems, but unfortunately no solutions! I have tried uninstalling Premiere, making sure I have all patches installed...makes no difference. I will try running Premiere elements on Windows XP - the package from Adobe came with Mac and Windows versions [I have VM Ware Fusion installed to do this], but this seems a poor alternative when I bought Mac software. I also thought I could try out upgrading to premiere elements 10 [trial version] to see if it gets rid of the problem. Otherwise...maybe using Final Cut...but I suspect way too expensive for my budget!
Yes, I re-read (maybe for the third time now) those other threads, and drew the same conclusion - Lion, and certain Adobe programs, have a problem, and it manifests itself, at least visually, by wild colors in the Timeline. I had hoped that someone had added some useful Replies, since I last read them, but they had not.
My understanding of video drivers on the Mac OS, is just as you mentioned - it's all done WITH the OS updates. Not being a Mac-person, I can only offer a few links, however useless they might turn out to be.
I checked the PrPro CS5/5.5 and CS 4 & Earlier forums, hoping to find a new, similar thread, but either missed them, or what I linked to was all that have been posted. Even on Creative Cow, I could not find anything, that appeared to be remotely helpful.
I am at a loss, but do wish you good luck. If you DO find a fix, or can isolate the cause, please post to this thread, and I will be glad to update those older threads on the PrPro forums, as the info might help others.
This is not a universal problem by any means, Bill. I'm using Premiere Elements 10 on OSX Lion on my iMac with none of the symptoms Jonjam describes.
It could be an issue with the particular graphics card driver Apple has for that particular Mac. Hopefully Apple will remedy it soon.
But it's not universal enough that it affects any Mac installation of the program.
BTW, Jonjam, have you gone to Premiere Elements' Help menu and selected Check for Updates? I don't know that the updates that have been release address this particular issue, but it's worth checking out.
I have only seen it affecting a small number of Lion installations, and per your observations, and per the spread (PrE and PrPro CS 3/4), seems very localized, as many, many users have those PrPro programs working fine with Lion, and you point out that YOUR PrE on Lion exhibits no such issues. Thanks for the info, as I could not recall which OS version you had with PrE 10.
To the OP - good luck,
Thanks Bill, I'll keep looking for solutions and if I find one will post it.
Thanks for your post Steve - this is positive to me because maybe the problem has been resolved with the premiere elements 10 [I am using 9]. I will give it a trial run.
Regarding Premiere updates - yes I have tried this and went to the site and installed all patches - even those that are not directly relevant.
Somehow, I am now wishing I had forked out for Final Cut pro!
One final thing, re version 9. There was a display driver problem in its first release -- at least in the PC version. Here's its solution.
If you can find the equivalent files on your Mac, it may be worth giving it a try.
Thanks for trying Steve. However I couldn't find the BadDrivers.txt file in my Mac. Then by searching around a bit I found this problem was addressed with the patch to Premiere Elements 9.01 [see this page http://www.elementsvillage.com/forums/showthread.php?t=62626] which I am already running. Worth a try though!
I've had the same issues as JonjamP.
JonjamP - did you ever get this sorted?
Sorry to say OLMS2009 that I never solved it. In fact I gave up using Premiere elements and switched to using Final Cut.