Monday, November 24, 2014

PE 10: AVCHD 1080p60 Project Preset


Recently in a forum discussion mention was made about Premiere Elements 10 not supporting AVCHD 1080p60. True, there is no AVCHD 1080p60 project preset in version 10 as there is in versions 11, 12, and 13.


There is a fine line between "non support" of AVCHD 1080p60 in Premiere Elements 10 and Adobe just not including that particular project preset in its lineup of project presets.


The Premiere Elements 10 user can create a Premiere Elements 10 AVCHD 1080p60 project preset, import a 1080p60 source video into a Premiere Elements 10 project set with that user created project preset, edit the 1080p60 Timeline content, and export that 1080p60 Timeline content to an AVCHD 1080p60 file. The how to for this will be given in the next section How To. The new AVCHD 1080p60 file will be created by editing the Notepad document of the existing project preset AVCHD LITE 720p60.


Creation of the AVCHD 1080p60 Project Preset

STEP 1. 
Finding the AVCHD LITE 720p60.sqpreset to Edit it to AVCHD 1080p60.sqpreset
Follow the path
Local Disk C/Program Files/Adobe/Adobe Premiere Elements 10/Settings/SequencePresets/NTSC/AVCHD

In the AVCHD Folder, find the file named AVCHD LITE 720p60.sqpreset, right click it, select copy, and paste the copy to the computer desktop.

Editing the AVCHD LITE 720p60.sqpreset
On the computer desktop, right click the AVCHD LITE 720p60.sqpreset file, select Open With, and then Notepad. The edits in the AVCHD LITE 720p60.sqpreset necessary to obtain the AVCHD 1080p60.sqpreset are

1. Two EditingModeGUID Lines Changes



Figure 1 shows after editing change for these two lines.

Figure 1. AVCHD LITE 720p60 NotePad Document. EditingModeGUID Lines After Edit

 2. </DescriptionItem> for User Language
(In this example, Language is English for United States)

See immediately after the EditinModeGUID lines.

From: 1280 x 720

To: 1920 x 1080

From: 720p

To: 1080p

Figure 2 shows after editing changes for United States (also started to do the same for France).

Figure 2. <DescriptionItem>, AVCHD 1080p60 After AVCHD LITE 720p60 Notepad Document Edit

3. </NameItem> for User Language
(In this example, Language is English for United States)

See immediately after section on </DescriptionItem>


            <NameItem Version="1" Index="0">
                <Second>AVCHD 720p60</Second>


            <NameItem Version="1" Index="0">
                <Second>AVCHD 1080p60</Second>

4.  </Name>

See immediately after section on </NameItem>
Only the following line needs changing





The after edited <./Name> area is seen in Figure 3.

Figure 3. </Name>, AVCHD 1080p60 After AVCHD LITE 720p60 Notepad Document Edit.
STEP 3. 
Placing the new AVCHD 1080p60.sqpreset in the NTSC Folder along with the other Adobe .sqpreset files.

Move the newly created AVCHD 1080p60.sqpreset file to the AVCHD Folder in the path

Local Disk C/Program Files/Adobe/Adobe Premiere Elements 10/Settings/SequencePresets/NTSC/AVCHD

After that is done, the project preset AVCHD 1080p60 will be available in Premiere Elements 10 New Project dialog under NTSC/AVCHD with a valid description. See Figure 4.

Figure 4. Premiere Elements 10 New Project Preset Displaying Newly Created AVCHD 1080p60 Project Preset.

When the AVCHD 1080p60 project preset is selected, the project settings as reflected in Edit Menu/Project Settings/General will be the correct ones for AVCHD 1080p60. See Figure 5.

Figure 5. Premiere Elements 10 Edit Menu/Project Settings/General With Newly Created AVCHD 1080p60 Project Preset.

Suggested Export of the Timeline 1080p60 to a 1080p60 File Save to the Computer Hard Drive

with Presets = MP4 - HD 720p60
then, under the Advanced Button/Video Tab, customize the preset to 1080p60.
See Figure 6.

Figure 6. Premiere Elements 10. Export Of 1080p60 Timeline Content Using New Created AVCHD 1080p60 Project Preset And Export To AVCHD.MP4 1920 x 1080 @ 59.94 Progressive Frames Per Second.

 The playback quality of resulting AVCHD.mp4 using Window Media Player 11 on Windows 7 64 bit was excellent.


From the project preset side of things, if the user is not doing a frame by frame by frame editing of a 1080p60 source video, the DSLR settings for NTSC 1080p30@ 29.97 can be used and the frame rate matter dealt with in export.

One should not be forced to go to a later version for editing a 1080p60 video source in Premiere Elements 10.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

PE 13: Elements Organizer 13/Share/Email


Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13 are standalone programs, each coming with an Elements Organizer 13. When the two are on the same computer, they share the same Elements Organizer 13.

In the past, the list of Share opportunities under Elements Organizer/Share have typically included choices for "Photo Mail" and "Email Attachments". However, in Elements Organizer 13/Share, the listings for "Photo Mail" and "Email Attachments" are gone, but now is found a listing for "Email". This "Email" is essentially email attachments for photos and videos.


Internet Provider's File Size Limit

Although size adjustments can be made for photos, this cannot be done for video. And, if the video file size exceeds 10 MB, the user receives a warning notice. The issue here is not the feature, but rather the file size limit of the Internet Provider. It has been found that a 25 MB video could be sent successfully to a Gmail or Verizon email address when the Email Client was Gmail. Proof of success was in the form
  • a message from the feature, announcing emailing success and
  • a copy of the sent email in the user's Email program's Sent Items box. 
 However, the successfully generated emails were rejected by the recipient Gmail or Verizon.

Email Client Setup 

Before use the Email feature needs to be set up in the Elements Organizer 13 preferences via Edit Menu/Preferences/Email and its Email dialog. See Figure 1a.

Figure 1a. Elements Organizer/Share/Email And Its Email Dialog For Selecting And Configuring Email Client.
When New button is pressed to start the Email set up, a New Profile dialog pops up (See Figure lb) with choices of
  • AOL
  • Gmail
  • Yahoo!Mail
  • Microsoft Account
  • Other
Figure 1b. New Profile Dialog Email Client Choices.
If the choice of "Service Provider" is AOL, Gmail, Yahoo!Mail, or Microsoft Account (for Hotmail), the user fills in fields which include
  • Email Address
  • Your Name
  • Password 
and then presses the Validate button in order to get a quick "Credentials validated successfully" message. No more waiting for Adobe email with verification code.

Now the not so good news. If the user selects Other, the user must fill in fields which include SMTP Server, SMTP Port, and Connection Security besides the Email Address, Your Name, and Password. It is the user setting of the SMTP fields that is the major issue. For example, under Other: with Verizon as the Service Provider, none of the expected SMTP settings are working ( with ports 465, 587, or 25). Trying to get Other to work has been resulting in a pile up of names for non functioning Email clients under the Email Profile list. And, no way was found to delete them in the preference area.


The way to clean up the unusable entries that result in the Email Profile list targets a file named email_accounts.xml which is found in Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 64 bit in the path
Local Disk C
Elements Organizer
and, in the Organizer Folder, is the email_accounts.xml file.

What to do with this email_accounts.xml file

a. If the user wants to start new in the preferences Email, then delete the file. A new email_accounts.xml file will be regenerated by the program once the Elements Organizer 13 is opened again.

b. If the user wants to remove just one or more profiles/accounts but not all, then open Notepad and edit the .xml file. To do this in Notepad, File Menu/Open and then browse to and select the email_accounts.xml. In the Notepad document, delete the account that is not wanted. Save the edited Notepad document (File Menu/Save).

Note: In the Notepad document for the email_accounts.xml file, the user can see the SMTP information that was used by Adobe behind the scenes when AOL, Gmail, Yahoo!Mail, and Microsoft Account (Hotmail) choices were validated. Those particular settings do work for validation of these 4 Email Clients under Other.

Still in search of answers for Other.