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The biggest challenge to this new SD series of Panasonic camcorders is that they have the option to shoot 1080p, a frame format that is not supported by Premiere Elements. Shoot only 60i or 50i mode and NOT 50p or 60p, and they should work fine.
And, if you've properly set up your Premiere Elements for AVCHD 1920x1080 video and you've matched the audio settings also (that cam shoots in stereo or 5.1), then you should NOT see red lines above the clips when you add them to your project. If you do see red lines when you first add your clips, your project is not properly set up and you will have problems later.
Also, did you use the program's Video Importer (Get Media/From Flip, AVCHD and Hard Disk Camcorders) and you have the latest version of Quicktime on your computer, you'll find more efficient, less buggy behavior overall.
But, trust me, do NOT shoot in 50p or 60p if you plan to edit your video in Premiere Elements!
OK, I updated Quicktime from version 7.5.5 to 7.7.1 (that seems to be the latest version). Then set the project presets (wow that was obvious cant understand why I did not see that one) and then used the Get media from AVCHD and Hard drive camcorders and then much more success. I now have imported the files properly and I can see them properly in Timeline and Sceneline.
I do know NOT to try 50/60P recording.
But I still get a red line above the files. I know its simple to fix (press the enter key to render) but I guess I'm not quite finished yet in fixing things?? Is there something else I need to do??
Thanks so far.
If you have a red line before doing anything to the video, your project still does not match your video
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... a screen shot works well to SHOW people what you are doing
For Mac http://mediainfo.massanti.com/
Once you know exactly what it is you are editing, report back with that information... and your project setting, and if there is a red line above the video in the timeline, which indicates a mismatch between video and project
GSpot isn't reporting properly on your clip. Could you try MediaInfo instead.
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I just realized that you're working with version 7! That could by why things aren't working well.
If you up to version 10, it will install the necessary components -- including the necessary codecs so G Spot can read your file.
Version 7 just isn't up to snuff when it comes to working with AVCHD video. It can do it -- just not very well.
Thanks guys - I will order a copy of PE10.
Your input is much appreciated.