Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0 for Windows ReadMe

This TechNote contains last-minute product information and troubleshooting tips. Please refer to the User Guide or the How-To-Install document for installation instructions. For further troubleshooting and performance information, see the User Guide, Online Help, or visit the Adobe Premiere Elements Support page.

Installation Notes

  • The Company Name entered during installation must be less than 50 characters long. If the Company Name exceeds 50 characters, you will receive a "Registration information is invalid, reinstall Premiere Elements" error message upon first launch of Adobe Premiere Elements.
  • Removing Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0 will delete any custom presets you have created. To back up your custom presets, copy the appropriately named .vpr files to a new location.
  • Installation may take a long time when some anti-virus software is running.

Minimum System Requirements

  • Intel Pentium 4 or Celeron 1.7GHz processor (or compatible processor, SSE2 support required); Pentium 4 3GHz processor required for HD or Blu-ray
  • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista
  • For Windows XP: 512MB of RAM (1GB required for HD or Blu-ray)
  • For Windows Vista: 1GB of RAM (2GB required for HD or Blu-ray)
  • 4.5GB of available hard-disk space
  • Color monitor with 16-bit color video card
  • 1,024x768 monitor resolution at 96 dpi or less
  • Microsoft DirectX 9-or 10-compatible sound and display driver
  • DVD-ROM drive (compatible DVD burner required to burn DVDs; compatible Blu-ray burner required to burn Blu-ray Discs)
  • DV/i.LINK/FireWire/IEEE 1394 interface to connect a Digital 8 or DV camcorder, or a USB2 interface to connect a DV-via-USB-compatible DV camcorder (other video devices supported via the Media Downloader)

Import/export of some formats, including DVD, Blu-ray, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, and Dolby Digital Stereo, may require activation using an Internet connection. Activation is fast, easy, and free. Import/export of 3GP, 3GP2, and MPEG-4 requires QuickTime software.

Updates to Adobe Premiere Elements

Adobe periodically provides updates to the software and the help contents for Premiere Elements. To check for updates, go to the Help menu and choose Updates.

Supported File Formats

Adobe Premiere Elements supported import/export formats include:

MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, DV, AVI, Windows Media, QuickTime, JVC Everio MOD (import only), 3GP, ASF (import only), WAV, WMA (import only), DolbyDigital Stereo, PSD (import only), JPEG, PNG (import only), DVD, Blu-ray Disc (export only), Camera raw (import only), SWF (import only), AMR(export only), MP3

Import/export of some formats including DVD, Blu-ray, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, and DolbyDigital Stereo may require activation using an Internet connection. Activation is fast, easy, and free. Import/export of 3GP, 3GP2, and MPEG-4 requires QuickTime software.

For a complete list of supported file formats visit the Adobe Premiere Elements Support page (and refer to the document "Supported file formats (Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0)."

Supported Video Devices

Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0 can capture or import video from the following devices. 

  • DV Camcorders - These devices include MiniDV camcorders, Digital 8 camcorders and AV-DV converters (Analog to Digital Video FireWire-based converter boxes). It is recommended to connect DV devices using FireWire/1394 if available. To connect DV camcorders via USB2 instead of FireWire, you will need to verify that your DV camcorder supports the USB Video Class 1.0 driver (sometimes advertised as USB over DV, DV Motion, USB 2.0 DV streaming). Most DV Camcorders do not currently support this driver. The older USB streaming format common on many DV camcorders is not able to send the video in the DV format over USB and is therefore not supported in Adobe Premiere Elements.
  • HDV Camcorders.
  • DVD Camcorders.
  • JVC Everio and Everio G Camcorders.
  • Mobile Phones: In order for Adobe Premiere Elements to read your mobile phone's .3GP, .3GP2 and .MPEG4 video file formats, you need to install QuickTime 6.5 or later. For Nokia phones, the software provided with the phone must also be installed.
  • Digital Still Cameras.
  • Webcams (see info below on capturing from webcams).
  • WDM Cameras.

Performance Optimization Tips

Please visit the Adobe Premiere Elements Support page and refer to the documents "Optimize Windows XP for Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0" or "Optimize Windows Vista for Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0."

Additional Resources and Training

Compatibility with other versions of Adobe Premiere Elements and Adobe Premiere Pro

You can keep previous versions of Adobe Premiere Elements installed on your system, but do not run them simultaneously.

Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0 can open projects from previous versions of Adobe Premiere Elements, but once you save them in Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0 you will no longer be able to edit them in previous versions of Adobe Premiere Elements.

Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 can not import projects created in Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0.

Creating video for Sony PSP

  2. Click the Share Tab.
  3. Click Mobile Phones and Players.
  4. Select Sony PSP from the list of devices
  5. Select either of the pre-existing PSP presets.
  6. Save the file using the default name (MAQ#####.mp4).
  7. Transfer the video files to the PSP video directory (MP_ROOT\100ANV01).
  8. Navigate to My videos in the PSP interface to select your movies.

Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0 Known Issues

Capturing and Importing Video

  • DV Device control will be disabled and capture will not proceed normally if sound card is not present or offline.
  • If you capture blank portions of tape, then the result will be magenta video.
  • If capture is interrupted by a system event such as switching users, locking the system, or the screensaver, the duration of the captured file will be much shorter than expected. It is recommended that you disable the screensaver before starting capture and that you avoid any actions that may interfere with the capture.
  • For live capture from DV camcorders, you must first disable scene detect.
  • When you import some Flash files, a "Macromedia Flash Player security" message reading "Flash player has stopped potentially unsafe operation" may appear. Click "OK," and the file will import normally.
  • When you capture from HDV camcorders, you may see interlace lines in the preview window. The interlace lines do not appear in the captured video
  • DivX files might not be imported properly and sometimes only the audio or video is imported.
  • After you complete time lapse capture, it may take some time for the organizer to update and display the thumbnails for the captured files. Still images captured using Stop Motion are not added to the organizer.
  • Stop Motion capture is not supported for HDV camcorders.

Importing Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0 Projects

  • The audio tracks of imported Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0 projects are displayed in Timeline view; however, they are not displayed on the SceneLine audio tracks.

Editing Projects

  • Generation of thumbnails for DVD scene menus may take longer than expected when using HDV content.
  • Organizer may exhibit performance issues with large catalogs (5000-10,000 files ).
  • With some GPU cards, enabling "Accelerated GPU Effects" may cause the preview to be Zoomed in.
  • Voice over narration may not be recorded using a mono USB microphone.
  • When you preview audio mixes, pops may be heard as the CTI passes from one clip to the next. These pops will not appear in your exported movie.
  • Audio mixer sliders may become "sticky" when mixing clips that have been timestretched.

Photoshop Elements Integration

  • In Photoshop Elements, if you choose "Edit in Adobe Premiere Elements," the Adobe Premiere Elements window may not appear in the foreground.
  • If a Photoshop Elements slideshow is sent to Adobe Premiere Elements, further edits in Photoshop Elements will not be reflected in Adobe Premiere Elements.
  • If you save images in Photoshop Elements in BMP mode using the Advanced Settings, then the images cannot be imported into Adobe Premiere Elements. This includes images created using Adobe Premiere Elements Freeze Frame function and sent to Photoshop Elements for editing. If the image is saved using Photoshop Elements Advanced Settings, it cannot be returned to Adobe Premiere Elements, and as result, the original, unedited Freeze Frame image will be used.
  • Send to Premiere Elements 4.0 will not work from Photoshop Elements 5.0.

Exporting Movies

  • Export of movies to the root directory of any drive (e.g. D:\) may fail.
  • When you export movies over one hour to MPEG2 format, the render dialog may continue to be displayed for a period of time after the render progress bar appears to have completed. Rendering is still occurring until the render dialog boxes closes. If you click Cancel before the render dialog box closes, then you will interrupt this process and your export file will not be created
  • For play back on a PSP, movies must include both audio and video. Movies exported with video only or audio only will not play back on the PSP.
  • Some advanced settings for Flash Video and H.264 export may not operate as expected.
  • Archival of projects with Type 1 DV-AVI files is not supported.
  • If standard definition menu templates are used when burning to Blu-ray, menu images will appear in low quality.
  • When you attempt to burn a Blu-ray disc to a previously burned disc, you will see an error message indicating that the disc is incompatible instead of an error message indicating that the disc is full.
  • Movies exported in H.264 format may have a few white frames added to the end.
  • Movies exported in MPEG2 format may be a few frames shorter than the original movie.

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