HOpe someone can tell what settings I should be using.
I edited together video from a video camera shooting at DVD quality - 720 by 480 for 4:3 aspect ratio. It does a little bit of letterboxing, my newest videos, no matter what format I burn the file to, comes out looking smaller than teh Youtube windo. Previous videos I edited in PE7, some look like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nhlLXGuPhY. But others look like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTjPLuqxpHc. They were all uploaded as MPEG files. I've tried MP4 and get the same result. When I've tried to do my latest video in wide screen, they look okay, but for some reasons, where I have multiple image sources on the screen at the same time, the wipes don't come out right. I stayed with 4:3 and it looks fine, but I'd like to fill the sceen like the first video. As I'm looking at them, some of the videos fill the screen, and others do not. Can't figure out what I'm doing different. Any ideas of what settings I should use?:
This is what I would like you to do and then let us know the results.
Given that you have Premiere Elements 11 (for now presuming running on Windows 7 or 8 64 bit) and your footage is 720 x 480 4:3 (DVD quality).
Open Premiere Elements 11 to its Expert workspace. Go to its File Menu/New/Project and set the project preset manually for NTSC DV Standard.
Make sure that you have a check mark next to "Force Selected Project Setting on This Project" before you exit the new project dialog. Close out of there. Back in the Premiere Elements 11 Expert workspace, use Add Media/ to import your files into the project.
If the Timeline content duration is less than 15 minutes, you can use Publish+Share/Online/YouTube with a preset of Flash Video for YouTube.
If you decide to export your Timeline content to a file saved to the computer hard drive and then upload that file from there to YouTube at the YouTube web site, you can use Publish+Share/Computer/AVCHD with Presets = MP4 - NTSC DV Standard.
Please give the above a try and then let us know the results. Please do not hesitate to ask for clarification on anything that I have written.
Please clarify. I just watched the YouTube video accessed from the link provided in your latest post (2).
The video presents at playback filling the YouTube screen, and, Full Screen on my computer monitor when I hit Full Screen.
(Computer monitor = 19 in Widescreen, native resolution 1440 x 900.)
That's....interesting. When I first loaded it, it wasn't that way. I wonder if it has something to do with Youtube's processing. Okay, so that solves a problem. Now. Since I've already uploaded https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRRVouKza0o and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ar6qUZq5mM4 without that setting, is there anything I can do with the projects as they are, or will I have to burn the files, then put them in a new project with the settings you described above?
(Also, for future prjects, should I always have the "Force project settings" checkmarked?)
Thanks for the follow up.
As for the old project, in the Edit Mode monitor is the image filling the space provided there for the project preset? If no, then scale using Motion Panel expanded's Scale slider OR click on the monitor and drag on one of the handles of the bounding box that appears there.
If you right click the video in Project Assets and select Interpret Footage, what is shown for Pixel Aspect Ration there?
Yes, when you set the project preset manually always put a check mark after "Force Selected Project Setting on this Project" after you set the project preset and before you exit the new project dialog.
Also, for any exports to file, double check the settings, including those under the Advanced Button of the preset. And, keep away from any setting for Automatic According to Source (or worded something like that).
Aha. The pixel ratios are off, for one thing, apparently. I have some footage that I had previuosly processed in another program for special effects that are .9091 pixels NTSC standard, but looking at the raw footage, they're 1.185(?) They look like the right aspect, though. But could this be the problem?
I remember in PE 7, I had to make the program preferences conform to square pixels before, otherwise, the picture was too narrow.
Okay, so changing those files to square pixels doesn't help - still weird. So, is there any way to Force Selected Project Setting after the fact, or do I need to export this and run it through PE again as an entire file, changing those presets when creating a new project?
The Adobe party line is that you cannot change project preset after you are in the Edit phase. But I have shown that you can under certain circumstances by editing the Notepad document for the saved project.prel. But, often it is easier to start a new project. Here is a blog post that I wrote on the subject in order to give you an idea what would be involved.
I will take another look at your last several posts to see if I can pick up on anything that would help.
Mmm. I see what you mean. Okay - question is, would burning the file as is and then running that through again with the proper settings actually fix the problem? Or would it reproduce the reduced picture, even with the new settings? And would I lose resolution?
I really don't want to have to go back and re-edit my videos, so if there's no other solution, then I guess I'll gicve that article another look.
Awaiting your advice.
When I opened my saved as .pref file, all of the Pixel Aspec instances show <PixelAspectRatio>10,11</PixelAspectRatio>, and <FrameRect>0,0,720,480</FrameRect> (I was expectng something different).
It is easy enough to change your NTSC DV Standard into NTSC DV Widescreen type project editing the Notepad document of the saved project.prel file.
If you have set for a NTSC DV Standard project, you can give that a NTSC DV Widescreen project look by changing ALL the Notepad incidents of the following
And, if you if you set for a NTSC DV Widescreen project, you can give that a NTSC DV Standard project look by changing ALL the Notepad incidents of the following
Note that the second line (<FrameRect<0,0,720,480</FrameRect>) is not changing...just that first line starting with <PixelAspectRatio etc.
But here is the key to all this. We need to nail down the properties of the source media going into a project so that we can set the project preset to match the properties of your source media. At this point, I suspect that your source media is 720 x 480, but beyond that I am not sure. Did we ever get a complete MediaInfo (tree view) properties read out for that video. Unless we have that to back us up we will be going around in circles with the remedy suggested above...one that I am not sure if it really applies to your case.
At any rate, your look into the Notepad document of your saved project prel file confirms that you have a project set for NTSC DV Standard. But, the big question is does that match the properties of your "720 x 480" 4:3
that you are describing for your source media?
See if you can post the MediaInfo (tree view) screenshot. It is likely to clear up a lot of matters here.
Looking forward to your follow up.
Yes, the source is 720 x 480. It's a HD camera that I was shooting at 4:3 720 x 480 at the time because I hadn't upgraded to be able to hand HD editing on the PC I formerly had. The camera does that letterboxing I guess to simulate widescreen, as you saw on some of the videos on my Youtube channel.
My one concern with changing the aspect to widescreen is that when Ifirst burned these three videos related to my trip as widescreen format, the wipe transitions were no longer correct. They were sort of ....off center, and imcmoplete, for lack of a way to descrbe it. It wasn't until I burned the files as 4:3 aspect ratio that they looked correct.
Anyway, here's what it shows.
We need to look at the "tree" view for the MediaInfo properties readout. To get at that
a. Go to View Menu/Tree
b. Click on the arrow at the end of the Note in the middle of that page that you show in the screenshot.
Very interesting so far, seems that you have 720 x 480 16:9 @ 59.940 frames per second. Need to know if
what you have is interlaced or progressive, and, if interlaced, Upper or Lower Field First. With that abbreviated decription shown, I suspect that we will see interlaced, probably Upper Field First. But, let us see what the details show.
That is one interesting blend of properties in the properties readout in your screenshot.
Please confirm what we are looking at in the screenshot of your latest post. Is that actual (original) footage from your camera that was supposed to be recording 720 x 480 4:3 which you describe as DVD quality? If so, what was the brand and model of the camera used. If not, how did we get to what is in that screenshot?
What you show in that screenshot would be classed as AVCHD LITE
AVCHD video compression
Frame Size 720 x 480
(since it says display aspect ratio 16:9, I am assuming that there has to be a 16:9 flag in there somewhere to stretch the video for display after encoding)
Frame Size 59.94 progressive frames per second
The closest fit that comes to mind for that and Premiere Elements would be in
NTSC DV Widescreen
If the video is presenting in Premiere Elements as 4:3 instead of 16:9, we could go the Interpret Footage route,
changing the Pixel Aspect Ratio from what is showing to D1/DV NTSC Widescreen 16:9 (1.2121)
But, please recap regarding the above and then we will think about this some more.
In your very first post you mentioned "letterboxing". My understanding of that is that camera make 4:3 video look like 16:9 by masking the top and bottom of the 4:3. The frame size says the same, but what you see is different.
By an chance could your video problems be traced to a camera letterboxing feature that sometimes you have on and sometimes off?
Add On...I am not sure if we have arrived at converting letterbox to full screen, but here is a link I found with a suggestion on how to approach that idea.
I will look around for more of the same if this turns out to be at the core of your present issues.
I don't think that's the case - there's no letterboxing feature. It's just old enought that the viewscreen is still 4:3 format, but the only settng I have for resolution is DVD 60 fps. I think it's still just a matter of I didnt check that "force selected project settings".