I have changed the playback quality to "highest" and I'm using images that are over 720px x 480px which is what is suggested in a Premiere Elements book I have. I'm trying to make a "video" using still images.
What is the Project Preset that you have chosen, at New Project? The Frame Size is important there.
What are the pixel x pixel dimensions of your Still Images? You state larger than 720 x 480. How much larger?
Are you working with a combination of Video and Still Images, or JUST Still Images?
If the latter, how do you intend to deliver the finished file?
For Scaling of Still Images, prior to Import, see this ARTICLE. Note: it was written, initially, when SD was the most common, so the Image sizes are listed as 720 x 480 for NTSC. With HD Project, the pixel x pixel sizes WILL be larger, but should still be very close to the Project, say 1920 x 1080 for full-HD. There is discussion on why the quality will be better, if one does the Scaling in Photoshop, or Photoshop Elements, and there are instructions on how to batch Scale an entire folder, with those two Image-editing program. Note: Render really only affects playback, where Scaling in PS/PSE will affect final output.
Why have you not resized your images to 1000x750 pixels in size, per our recommendations?
And how are you judging the quality of the pictures? On the preview monitor? Outputting your video and watching it on player software? Burning a DVD and watching it on TV? It makes a difference.
There was no recommendation for me to resize my images to 1000 x 750. I figured if they are bigger than that was okay.
I was judging the quality on the preview monitor and once it's been saved to a Windows Media File and played on the computer.
This is my first time with Premiere Elements I used to use Movie Maker with my students. I'm actually teaching high school students to make "movies" from pictures.
Another quick question. My students will be bringing in images to scan and use in their movies. What is the best process for using scanned images? Will they work? They are creating movies about their lives and many will bring in baby pictures and such.
What resolution of Windows Media Video are you outputting? WMVs can be as small as 360x240 -- which are definitely going to look fuzzy.
In fact, even a 640x480 file is going to look fuzzy if you're playing it at full screen, since your computer monitor is more likely at least 1280x1080, over four times the resolution of the video!
Rather than a WMV file, try outputting a video based on these specs. It should look much better.
Scanned photos will make good sources for video, of course. Just make sure the photos are no larger than 1000x750 pixels in size.