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10-26-2009, 10:43 AM   #1
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K-7 Video and Premiere Elements 7

Well, after a few years I think I have a handle on the photo side of things, now I'm trying to learn video. I just got and installed PE 7, I have dozens of clips from a recent trip to Italy, and I have no idea what I'm doing. I want to make a music video (like Diego, although destined to be far inferior) of our trip.

Problem: the video is choppy in PE7...do i need to do some kind of file conversion or something? Do I need a codec? HELP!

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Great to see more video shooters!!

What are your computer specs? This will probably be the BIGGEST thing concerning video playback. It does NOT mean you can't make a nice video, though!

Alot of times, files will be so large that playback is near impossible for a sub par computer until the video/files are compressed. String a few clips together and export your video as a .mov or something with with a low resolution. Open up the file and see how it plays. If it plays fine, it's likely your computer is struggling to play back the raw footage.

It can be annoying, but don't let it stop you. Continually render your footage for ideal playback and, once you're done with your project, export a few different video formats. Good luck!
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I have a Pentium D, 2 GB RAM. I don't mind losing some quality to get it right. How would I compress? Thanks for the response.
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I would say your Pentium PC is too slow and you need at least a 2.26Ghz Core 2 Duo with 4GB RAM and decent ATI or Nvidia video card to work with HD video IMHO.

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Okay. Unfortunately, no upgrades on the near horizon, so what is my work-around? Can I reduce the quality of video to make it work?
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you can try rendering as RAM-preview, takes a little extra time but preview should be fluent then. Shortcut in Premiere Pro is ENTER. Only working-space is previewed, so you can choose what to preview easily.

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QuoteOriginally posted by gnaztee Quote
so what is my work-around?
QuoteOriginally posted by karl79 Quote
you can try rendering as RAM-preview, takes a little extra time but preview should be fluent then. Shortcut in Premiere Pro is ENTER. Only working-space is previewed, so you can choose what to preview easily.
What karl79 said.

Beyond that, there is no need to have fluent video preview. The movie is supposed to be in your mind's imagination. You can advance frame by frame and be assured that others will see the video fluently (a PS3 Slim is a great way to be able to review the final result at least .
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