Hello, I'm new to Premier Elements 10 and I'm stuck at the project setup stage. I'm reading a book on using Premier, attempted to experiment with it, and I've even contacted the Help Desk (they were no help). I'm now hoping that this forum, which appears to be filled with knowledgeable people, can help me set up and get started on my new project.
I used to do video production back when we were still shooting on tape (yes, that long ago!), and there was no "project setup"-in fact, there was no computer editing at all! Now I want to make a few how-to videos both as a personal project and, more importantly, as a video resume. The resume isn't for video work, by the way, but for a technology educator position at a place called Techshop.
My end goal is to have good-looking (i.e. decent resolution and size) video that I can both upload to Youtube and have as either a DVD-type video or even just a simple file that I can put on some removable storage media (probably a thumb drive or flash drive) and mail to my prospective employer. As I understand it I will achieve this by editing together a final project and "sharing" it as two different formats-ok, saving in some format (unclear as to which) and uploading it to Youtube right from Premier (and then I need to figure out how to get it onto my channel).
Now we come to my issue. I don't know what format to use! And I don't know where to find out what I SHOULD be using. Heck, I don't even know what aspect ratio Youtube uses. My original idea was to output to 4:3, SD final product because A) I'm familiar with framing that kind of video and B) I figured it'd be viewable on any monitor, regular or widescreen, with no clipping or letterboxing. This last was important because I wanted folks on Youtube to watch at full screen and get as much clarity and size as possible.
I shot my original footage on a cheap Panasonic HC-V10 camera (I know, I need better, but this is what I have). I THINK I shot most of it at 920p resolution, and I'm pretty sure it came out at 16:9 aspect ratio. A little of the footage, stuff I don't really have time to reshoot, is at 1020p.
However, I think I really shot myself in the foot here-I didn't use Premier to grab the footage into my project! I filled up my SD card, so I just moved the files off the SD card manually onto my hard drive and erased them from the SD card. They are now all in .MP4 format, and I really can NOT go back and reshoot. I'm learning, however, that Premier is VERY picky about what it'll work with and I need to somehow either import these files into my project, or convert them with another program (I have one called Wondershare that seems nice) and THEN import them.
All that having been said, here are my questions, and I hope if you'll forgive me if they're really noob or have already been discussed:
1) Do I need to output in 4:3 aspect ratio? Is it a good idea? Or should I really, really just leave it alone at 16:9?
2) Is there an easy(ish) way to either convert the aspect ratio INSIDE the project (remember, I don't want to output to Youtube or a normal file with letterboxing) or BEFORE I start editing?
3) Considering the raw footage I'm starting with and the end product I want to end up with, how do I need to set up my Premier project when I create it?
4) what is the best way to get these MP4's into my project?
This has been a very long post and I deeply appreciate you sticking with me and helping me out. I hope I can do the same for you someday, and thanks in advance for the help!