What settings did you select when you set up your Premiere Elements project?
The quality of your output will only be good if your project settings match your video specs.
Once you have that right, it's a cinch to select output settings for HD Vimeo or YouTube.
Well if i shot the video @ 24 fr i would select NTSC> DSLR 1080p 24 and if i shot it at 30fr...i would select NTSC> DSLR 1080p 30 @ 29.97 (since original file says 29.97 in properties). I'll see if i can upload a small sample tomorrow to show what i'm talking about.
also just to note...i do set my aspect to square pixels 1.0
field depth is progressive
i checked off "render at maximum depth" which is 24bit
I'm not sure what you're telling us. You say "if you shot the video"? You did shoot video, didn't you? And when you placed the video clips on the timeline, you did not see red lines above the clips, right?
If you're seeing red lines above your clips, your project specs do not match your video specs.
I'm also curious how you're getting MP4 video from that camera. Doesn't it store its video as MOVs?
well i went back and compressed a 30second clip set to a bitrate of 6,000 and it came out pretty good. i think my problem has been including a couple clips that are actually shot at a different frame rate into the project. which apparently messes the whole thing up. I did not realize the red lines were important. hehe. thanks!
PrE does not handle mixed sources in the same Timeline well. When the FPS differs, I usually just create one Project for each type of Clip, and edit them in their own Project, that matches the Source Footage. When done, I can Export/Share to a file, that matches the other Source Footage. I use certain lossless intermediate CODEC's for this, but some skip that step, and use lossy CODEC's, and still get pretty good results. I will then Import those intermediate files into the Project with that other Source Footage.