What model of camcorder is your video coming from and what format and resolution is it?
When you started your Premiere Elements project, which settings did you select? If you've selected the correct project settings, you will NOT see red lines above your clips when you add them to your timeline. Is this the case in your project?
The key to efficiency with this program is matching your project settings to your source video, as discussed in the first two parts of my free 8 part Basic Training tutorial series.
I have to use one of the canon ixus cameras I use in my workshops. premiere asks if it should change the project setting to the video, and I say yes.
video hasn't got a red bar.
it happens with photos only as well.
fe., windows movie maker ( !) takes all the formats of my little canon and nikon cameras and doesn't care. I need my program to function that way, I cant tell the kids to convert stuff.
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I would recommend you stay with MovieMaker then. And I'm not being a smart aleck.
Unless you're going to take advantage of the full toolkit in Premiere Elements -- particularly if you don't want to deal with some of its challenging set-up and file conversion aspects -- you should stay with a program that does what you want it to do with the source material you're using. Otherwise, it's going to be nothing but headaches for you. Seriously.
I'd love to, but
- movie maker crashes all the time on all the mashines we are using
- movie maker does not allow to use more than 1 extra audiofile, like recorded speech and a background song.
so I need something else.
Believe me, if MovieMaker is crashing with your source video, Premiere Elements is going to be real train wreck! It really does look like a very bad fit for your workflow all around. Sorry.
just created a film with magix video and its working pretty well! all the things I can think of at the moment are fine.
this is it, I guess.
You could try using Corel or Cyberlinks video editors, both offer a trial version so you can see if your video source will cause problems. I don't like Premiere Elements due to its lack of support to common file formats from specific camcorders that have problems just like you are describing.