Thank you both Steve and Barbara,
I am using Premier Elements 10, and did set the Monitor panel to Full Quality and did render the timeline, with no improvement in the resolution of the image in the Monitor panel. It's a mystery as to why the image in the Preview panel is so sharp and beautiful and the image in the Monitor panel is so fuzzy.
I very much appreciate your input, and if you have other suggestions, or if anyone else has suggestions, I'd love to hear them.
OK, let's step back a bit:
Thank you Bill for taking this on.
Since I'm using SD video and stills, I've tryed NTSC DV Widescreen 48 HZ preset and the NTSC Hard Disk, Flash Memory Camcorders Widescreen 48 Hz preset, as well as Standard 48 Hz in both DV and Hard Disk presets.
Yes, there was a red line and I rendered the files.
The specs of the clips on the timeline vary in size: from JPEG 668 KB 831 x 806 still picture which was scanned from a photo to JPEG 799 KB to 2282 x 3271 still picture which was scanned from a photo. I also have MPEG Movie clips 45.9 MB 640x480. I also have stock Quick Time Movie clips 391 MB at 720x480.
Also when double clicking on a video track with text added to the photo or movie clip, which allows for editing of the text, the images in the monitor window are very sharp but when the monitor displays the entire timeline, even when rendered, the text and photo images are fuzzy.
This does not solve the problem, but I sure appreciate your suggestions. Any other thoughts?
If a Project ONLY has Still Images (no Video), then the Project needs to be set to the desired output, say NTSC (or PAL, depending on where one lives) DV Widescreen 16:9 if going to DVD. This is a departure from a Project's Preset, where there IS Video. Then, the Video will dictate what the Project's Preset should be - a 100% match between it, and the Video. When one has both Video and Still Images, the direction for matching the Project to the Video holds.
With Still Images, it is always best to Scale those, in Photoshop/Photoshop Elements, prior to Import into Premiere. This will do two things: keep the processing overhead lower, and actually yield higher quality. See this article: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/450798?start=0&tstart=0. For an SD Project, we recommend Scaling to no more than 1000 x 750 pixels, unless one needs to do a Pan on a Zoomed Out Still. I Scale to exactly the Frame Size of the Project. For an HD Project, say at 1920 x 1080, we recommend Scaling to no larger than 2000 x 1500.
With Still Images, when one Imports those, and drags them to the Timeline, there WILL be a red line. Same as when one adds an overlay, say a Title, or Picture in Picture, or adds an Effect, or even a Transition - the red line will appear, and for smoothest playback, Rendering of the Timeline, or that portion of the Timeline, will be required.
Good luck, and hope that helps.
I understand, as I head to London, right after Christmas, and am wrapping up here.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year.
When you get back, let us know how things are working.
I tried all of your excellent advice, but I still have fuzzy resolution in the Monitor window while getting an excellent resolution in the Preview window.
On the chance there may be a glitch in the software, I'm going to reinstall Premier Elements 10. I'll do a clean uninstall and reinstall. Hopefully I can get that to solve my problem.
How large is your Monitor sized on your computer monitor? Remember that computer monitors have about 5 times the resolution of standard video -- so if you're looking at your Premiere Elements Monitor full-screen, you're actually looking at at an image that's blown out way larger than it should be viewed.
If you keep your Monitor sized so that it fills no more than one-fourth of your computer screen, it should look pretty clear.
Though, ultimately, it's not how it looks on the Premiere Elements Monitor that's important. It's what the finished output looks like.
Try a Publish & Share/Computer/WMV using the appropriate 720x480 preset and then open that file in Windows Media Player. DON'T look at it Full Screen -- but, rather, set the View to 100%. Assuming your project was set up correctly for your video, your WMV video should look great!