6 Replies Latest reply on Mar 22, 2012 5:15 PM by the_wine_snob

    New to Premiere 10 and having a major problem


      Hey guys,


      I just purchased Premiere 10 and I would like to do some editing of my videos. Problem is, the playback in the preview screen is terrible. It is very choppy and even freezes. I have done a lot of poking around in here but can't find the answer I am looking for. My video shows up as a .MOV file and is 720p with 30fps. It was shot with a point and shoot camera. I have tried just about every setting for a "new project" there is and all have the same result. Am I out of luck? I have though about finding a software that converts the .MOV file into something else that Premiere 10 might be able to work with.


      I hope some of you might be able to help out, would hate to have a good poduct just sitting there!



        • 1. Re: New to Premiere 10 and having a major problem
          Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional

          Do you see red lines above the clips on your timeline? If so, you have a mismatch between your source video and your project settings. You can improve your playback somewhat by pressing Enter to render your timeline (the red lines will turn green). However, many hi-def video formats need a lot of processing power! So if you've got less than an i7 or quad core processor, you may not see  a lot of improvements.


          The program has project presets for most camcorder video formats, including DV, HDV and AVCHD. It also includes project presets for Flip camcorders as well as some higher end DSLRs.


          You don't say which model of point-and-shoot camcorder you have, but it could well be that the video format isn't supported at all by the program. Most pocket camcorders are designed to shoot video and load them right to YouTube. A few come with their own editing software, which is your best choice for editing.


          Which project settings did you select when you set up your Premiere Elements project?


          Parts 1 and 2 of my free 8 part Basic Training tutorial series at Premiere Elements support site Muvipix.com shows you how to properly set up a project and get media into it.


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          • 2. Re: New to Premiere 10 and having a major problem
            pvupilot Level 1

            Yes, I do see the red line above the video. The enter trick did help a lot though! I've seen a lot of people saying you need an i7 cpu for video editing which is throwing me off. I've got a few buddies who have done video editing in the past (although with other prgorams) with an old single core cpu. I'm running a dual core cpu @ 2.1Ghz.


            I have a lot of video shot with a Kodak Z812IS. The model is an older model. I've tried all the DSLR settings and all the 720 AVCHD settings with no sucess. Thanks for the link to your videos! I will certainly watch them when I get some down time!


            Thanks again!

            • 3. Re: New to Premiere 10 and having a major problem
              the_wine_snob Level 9

              Well, one can often edit SD mateiral with a single-core CPU, but the only way to edit HD material w/ a weak CPU, is to use a program, that will convert the files to proxies, such as FCPx, or similar. PrE edits the file formats/CODEC's, that it supports, natively, with no proxies involved.


              With a Duo-Core 2.1 GHz, CPU, you will never be able to smoothly edit any H.264 CODEC material with PrE, or PrPro. It is just too intensive a CODEC to deal with.


              Also, if you have matched the Project's Preset (chosen at New Project), to your Source Footage, it will edit as smoothly, as is possible.


              Good luck,



              • 4. Re: New to Premiere 10 and having a major problem
                pvupilot Level 1

                Thanks for the input. Here is something that confuses me.. how am I able to play Full 1080p HD videos with no stutters but when I open Premiere 10 and a 720p video to edit, the playback no longer is smooth?



                • 5. Re: New to Premiere 10 and having a major problem
                  John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  You must match your project to your video file


                  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 PC http://www.headbands.com/gspot/ or http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en

                  For Mac http://mediainspector.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

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                  • 6. Re: New to Premiere 10 and having a major problem
                    the_wine_snob Level 9

                    Simple playback is much different than editing. The latter is much more intense, and requires much more horsepower.


                    The Source Monitor and the Organize player in PrE will likely play the files pretty well too, so long as your HDD's are at least 7200 RPM, as they are simple players, and will be accessing the file, directly from the HDD.


                    Good luck,



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