Using PE11, PC, Windows 7. Quality of added video media is lower than media in PC file, and video quality on project's DVD burned from PE11 is even lower. I've spent weeks on this project and am very disappointed with the results. Video is poor resolution and text is often unreadable. Is there a fix?
Step 1 - tell everyone what you are editing
Codec & Format information, with 2 links inside to read
-read both links in reply #1 http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1270588
Report back with the codec details of your file, use the programs below... A screen shot works well to SHOW people what you are doing
After you provide some details, someone should be able to go to step 2, which will be to provide ideas for improvement
Sorry that your results are not better. Hope we can help resolve the issue.
I checked back on your prior posts and noticed, especially on the one about DVD results, there was no follow up found from you there.
We need to work through
a. properties of source media
b. project settings
c. export settings
d. computer resources and such
and try to make the distinction between results that could and should be better versus expectations when comparing Blu-ray quality 1920 x 1080 and SD standard SD widescreen 720 x 480 if NTSC or 720 x 576 if PAL. Typically you should be getting good quality when exporting files to the hard drive. So, we must look at those project settings, import and especially export. We ask for details, lots of details to sort this out.
We want you to succeed so I hope you will follow up. Looking forward to that.
I created a project in PE11 from still pictures & set to music - I added a movie menu, titles & text, transitions. It's a 1 hour slideshow for my class's 50th reunion.
I don't know what "codec" means.
Thanks for the reply.
Codec is another term for compression. You video will be characterized by video and audio compression and all that is wrapped by a format that is represented by the file extension, such as .mp4, .avi, .mov, .wmv, etc. The video compression (codec) could be AVCHD which you may see represented as MPEG4 AVC/H.264.
At least two ways to get that information for our troubleshooting
a. tell us the brand/model and settings for the camera
b. get a properties readout for your video from a free program such as MediaInfo
But, if you did not put any videos in your Premiere Elements 11 project, then we can put those questions aside. But, what about those photos. Were they jpg, tif, psd? How many? What size in pixels (over 1920 x 1080 pixels)?
Let us put aside the DVD-VIDEO for the moment. When you went to export to file saved to computer hard drive, what did you use under Publish+Share/Computer/? and the Presets? For this phase of the troubleshooting the important information can be summed up:
a. Premiere Elements 11 project preset
b. Sizing of your photos
c. Export settings that you used under Publish+Share/Computer/?
Where are you playing back your file saved to the computer hard drive?
Please review the above and then let us decide what we can do to get better results.
Hi Steve, I did not use any movies in this project, just stills: mostly
.jpg & some .tif - resolutions range from 72x72 to 300x300. Goal: to show
slideshow on TV or movie screen at the reunion.
I used defaults that came with PR11 when adding video media to my project,
none were changed.
Focus of the added media compared to the original is considerably lower
quality, much like the sample in the link you sent. I didn't see way to
remedy this problem in your link.
Further help would be appreciated.
You used 300x300 pixel images? That won't work. They're lower in resolution than video!
If you're photos are sized to 1000x750 pixels in size before you add them to your project, they should look virtually identical to the finished DVD. There are some mitigating factors, like interlacing, but for the most part, you should not see any reduction in quality except for a slight reduction in resolution, per the FAQ I linked you to above.
Video resolution is video resolution. There is no way to increase it other than saving your project as a BluRay disc rather than a DVD.
Steve, I forgot to tell you the pixels: they range from 72 x 72 to 4,163 x
By "used defaults the came with PR11", I'm referring to project settings
and export settings. I didn't touch those settings.
If you're going to output a DVD of your photo slideshow, you must set your project settings to DV 720x480.
Check under the Edit menu and see what your project settings are. If they are something other than DV 720x480, your DVD will not produce a good slideshow.
300x300 dpi, not pixel. DPI's range from 72x72 to 300x300. Pixels range
from 407x434 to 4163x4913.
Was I supposed to resize each image to 1000x750 before adding them to my
project? There are about 650 images. That would be a big job.
Yes, as I show you in my book and in the FAQ below, you need to resize your photos to 1000x750 before you bring them into a DV project.
This FAQ also shows you how to use the batch resizing tool in Photoshop Elements to resize an entire folder of photos in just a few clicks.
For some suggestions on Scaling large Still Images, this article might be helpful: http://forums.adobe.com/message/2119226#2119226
It lists some suggestions for either Photoshop, or Photoshop Elements, and even gives tips on how to do that for an entire folder, with automation.
Thank you Hunt. I don't have PS but do have MS Office Picture Manager
which offers resizing choices. Its predefined Width & Height options
include 1024x768 or smaller, or you can enter a custom size.
My slide show includes 720 stills + audio for saving to a DVD. Do you
recommend resizing each still before importing them to my project? If so,
is the 1024x768 choice best? Will it be worth the work in terms of
improving picture resolution quality on the finished DVD?
The thread says I'll also need to change the project settings to DV 720x480
before creating the project. Under project settings>capture I found the DV
choice but would appreciate guidance on the 720x480 settings. The only
places I found 720x480 were in project settings>general>playback settings
where "DV:29:97 720x480i" was listed as an external device choice for both
Desktop Video and Export. Is "DV:29:97 720x480i" the right choice?
Should I be selecting it in both external device choices or am I missing
I just want to make sure I've understood resizing and project setting
instructions correctly before spending many hours to recreate my project.
I have attempted to answer your question in your own thread which you just posted.
We are just Premiere Elements users helping other Premiere Elements users, so the responses are not necessarily instaneous. But, we try to answer as soon as we see someone who needs help.
Here is the link to your own thread on your particular question: