A couple of questions, please:
What is the speed of each the internal and the external HDD's?
What is the connection type of the external HDD?
5400 rpm for both, I'm pretty sure; the external has only USB 2.0 with a mini-usb connector.
Haven't tried it in another player....let me see how it goes. Thanks!
OK, 5400 RPM HDD's are likely to not give smooth playback. For Video, 7200 RPM HDD's are recommended, and with good reason.
Good luck with a different player, and please report.
I don't think this is a playback error for when I'm editing--it plays fine in the editor. But when I view the exported file, that's when it gets choppy. Do the hard drives need to be 7200 rpm just to play back video from a quicktime file?
The bigger issue is that you're editing 24p 1080 video, something that's not supported in Premiere Elements. You're very likely seeing interlacing issues.
Which project settings do you see under Edit/Project Preferences?
I'd say there's every indication this preset plug-in is not matched to your source video.
I tried the other video player that you recommended, and it's still coming in choppy...I think it's something in the file, but I don't know what, maybe an export setting I'm not thinking of or something. The video looks fine in the timeline, but something is changing in between the export to the playback or something.
1920x1080 progressive (NTSC) 23.976
I'm rendering a movie right now, but I know those were the project prefrences, except for the progressive part...I'll have to check on that in a bit.
Is it possible to change project preferences after you have started? Or perhaps is there a workaround to import a sequence?
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The Project Preset can only be set at New Project.
About the closest that one can come, would be to use a Clipboard extender, like ClipMate, to Copy the Timeline, and then create a New Project, and Paste the Timeline's content into that New Project. Note: one MUST use some form of Clipboard extender to do the Copy/Paste.
Okay, so all I need to do is copy all the contents of the timeline to the clipboard extender, create a new project (with the new settings) and paste it in? Will that affect the content, or should it stay the same?
It keeps saying the data is invalid for a clip...wierd. won't let me copy.
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You should use this method to use clipmate :
[EDIT] ATR posted a simpler method at elementsvillage:
Premiere Elements 8, what worked for me....
1. Open ClipMate 7.3 and leave it open.
2. Then open your saved Premiere Elements 8 project .prel whose Timeline you want to copy to another new project .prel.
3. In Premiere Elements 8, Edit Menu/Select All, Edit Menu/Copy. Minimize the Premiere Elements 8’s workspace to see the ClipMate 7.3 workspace.
4. In ClipMate 7.3, Edit Menu/Capture Special. That will bring up the Capture Special dialog.
5. In the Capture Special dialog, you should find just two options for check marks. Make sure that there is a check mark next to “Premiere Elements OSClipboard Format” as well as “Premiere Exchange”, and then click OK.
6. You should then see an entry for your copy in the ClipMate list which includes: Title, Sort Key, Date/Time, Size, Source. The source should say “ADOBE PREMIER…”, not WINDOWS. Highlight that entry.
7. Go back and Maximize Premiere Elements 8 project .prel which has the material that you copied. To create the new project .prel to paste into, go to the File Menu of this current project.prel/New/Project. (I clicked Yes to the Save message that followed, just in case…). After setting up the new project dialog for the new project .prel, I was now in the new project .prel’s workspace.
8. IMPORTANT: Using minimizing and maximizing windows, go back and make sure that the ClipMate entry for the copy is highlighted. Then with the Premiere Elements 8 again maximized, go to the Premiere Elements 8 Edit Menu and select Paste Insert. The job is done, video, audio, transitions, and effects wise.
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Thanks, I worked around the problem by getting Premiere Pro on my computer (just the trial...I'm seriously considering upgrading soon). As soon as I imported into Pro, the export went fine.
I didn't see the reply on Clipmate until I had already gotten the trial of Premiere Pro, so I haven't done that. Thanks everybody who replied! Means a lot to me that people who know what they're doing take the time to help out the little guy!