What model of camcorder is your video coming from and what format and resolution is it?
Thank you so much for the prompt respose. I am not importing from a camcorder, I have a HDD/DVD burner attached to my TV and I have recorded some concert footage shown by Sky I have copied the clips onto a DVD and have taken that to the pc and have uploaded it to my pc hard drive as mpg’s. Trouble is some of the footage is in 4:3 format, because of it’s age I guess, the others are more up to date are 16:9 all have been uploaded from recorded DVD’s. In case you need to know I am running Windows XP SP3.
Oh and my name is Annie, I tried for about 10 minutes to find a variation of it for the forum but all were in use, so for ease I chose random letters, I will adjust this at some point.
Look forward to hearing from you, thanks again.
So it sounds as though you are not only trying to edit hi-def video (despite having your project set up for standard def DV) but you are also working from non-camcorder footage.
I don't know enough about the device you are getting your video from the suggest solutions. But, since your footage is coming from a non-traditional camcorder source, it is likely going to mean you'll need to do a lot of tweaking and possibly resizing your video manually in order to get it to work.
There are no automatic fixes for your workflow, Annie. Sorry. This program is a consumer program designed to edit video from camcorders. Video from other sources can be iffier.
If you're working with regular DVD footage, you MAY be able to get to work by:
1) Setting up a project using the Hard Disk Camcorder project settings, standard definition widescreen.
2) Putting the DVD in your computer's disc drive and using Premiere Elements' Get Media/From DVD Camcorder or PC DVD Drive tool to get the video from the disc into your project.
3) If, when you put the clips on your timeline they seem distorted and do not fill the video frame, you'll need to manually right-click on each clip and select Interpret Footage to make the video appear as widescreen.