My system is Intel Q6600 CPU, Windows 7 64bit, 6GB memory, 1TB C: drive, 2TB E:drive, NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 video card, Premiere Elements 8, using Microsoft Office Picture manager to look at still originals.
The Premiere Elements 8 project settings include editing mode = DVNTSC and Frame size = 720H x 480V.
My issue is the still picture in PE is blurry compared to the picture viewed in MS Picture Manager. The pictures are either scanned or downloaded from web pages. Here is a list of pictures with their file size and pixels count:
Scaned Pics not as good in PE as original
Cecil about 1921 - 1.5KB - 954x1440 pixels
Stephson & Nancy Shirey - 147KB - 480x720 pixels
Cecil about 1927 - 678KB - 768x870 pixels
Cecil about 1928 - 736KB - 696x948 pixels
Cecil 193X - 1MB - 1044x1608 pixels
Ceceil HS basketball team - 2.4MB - 2070x1416 pixels
Cecil 1941 at gas station - 250KB - 924x1482 pixels
Cecil Marian 1942 gas station - 336KB - 1092x1746
Web Pics not as good in PE as download
Cotton_field 1928 - 372KB - 1600x960 pixels
Cotton plant 17KB - minor degrade - 350x304 pixels
Turner School 1919 - 22KB - 450x275 pixels
Douglas Aircraft Front - 299KB - 720x587 pixels
I burned a trial DVD to see if the picture quality would be better after processing onto DVD but it was not.
What can I do to improve PE picture quality?
Use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements to scale the pictures before you import into PreElements
Photo Scaling for Video http://forums.adobe.com/thread/450798
Also, do be aware that photo dpi (dots per inch) does NOT translate to video... I don't have the exact number handy, but I think a DVD resolution video is "about" 72 dpi (BluRay is higher, but since I don't do BluRay I have not even a guess at picture resolution)
I went back and used Photoshop Elements to resize all the still photos so that the photo size did not exceed the maximum of 720 wide by 480 high, which is the frame size of the video. This improved the clarity of the stills in Premiere Elements (PE). They are not as clear in PE as the originals. I burned a DVD of the video and the still pictures look better playing from the DVD onto my Samsung UNA46C6400RF TV. The base video is from 1991 and standard definition and the edited video with the stills and even older video (1946) looks pretty good when rendered onto a DVD. Thanks for all you help.