Do a test using the Print Screen function of your keyboard and Photoshop to create the screen shots.
My monitors are 1920X1080.
I pressed Print Screen and then opened Paint (free with Windows), cropped the image to only include one screen at 1920X1080 and saved it as PNG.
I brought it into a 1920X1080 sequence. Looked fine. I should mention I wasn't happy until I set the Program Monitor to 100% since even making the window as large as I could in Premiere Pro, it still wasn't ever going to be 1920X1080 because of the border around the panel. I finally ended up using the second monitor to view the entire image.
I animated the picture of the browser window in the frame a little and it still seemed OK to me.
So, I suppose the question I have for you is what are your sequence settings? What are the dimensions of the PNG file?
Have you tried turning off and on the max bit depth and max render quality settings inside your sequence. Once a long time ago I had a project where some screenshots did some wierd "blur looking" thing and when I turned off max bit depth and max render quality inside my sequence settings it then appeared normal again.
Please excuse the tardiness, Steven,
About 1000 by 800 are my PNG files. My work asked me to do the project in standard def.
My sequence settings are 640 by 480; 29.97; 1.0 aspect ratio; progressive.
The file preview format: I-frame only MPEG
Codec: MPEG I-frame
I don't know too much about the preview format and the codec above and how important it is for the editor. I should know though. Any tips?
I know everything looks worse in SD, but definitely not near the degree that it's breaking down in my project.
Hey Steve, did you try rendering that clip on your sequence at all? It was at the rendering stage (and the animating stage actually) where everything in the sequence went to garbage.
Please excuse the tardiness, Simon,
Yes, I tried that with our graphic artist. Looked okay in photoshop. Broke down once imported into premiere.
Please excuse the tardiness, CN,
I usually keep those settings off. I will try turning them on and see what gives. My specs are okay, but our C drive is a regular HD and is not on a SSD so I keep those off. Your thoughts?
My sequence settings are 640 by 480
Don't do that. Work in a sequence that matches your media. You can always resize it upon export.
I used the Snipping Tool to save this web page.
I imported the result into a 640X480 sequence.
By the way, I agree with Jim if there is video involved, it is better to use the correct frame size for the video, but with images, it just doesn't matter.
I exported it to H.264 using the YouTube preset 480P. Since it is 640X480, you do not want to make this full screen on your PC.
As far as I can tell, this isn't bad. Well, at least it wasn't until Youtube got it and messed it up.
YouTube really fouled it up. The original is located here: http://www.stevengotz.com/examples/640X480.mp4
Hey thanks Jim and Steve. You guys said "don't do that." My video does my match my sequence settings. Are you referring to this or something else? I went to your hyperlink. It looks good.
It is odd to have footage that is 640X480, but if that is what you have, so be it.
Many "basically" Stills cameras are now producing 640 x 480 Video w/ PAR=1.0, for SD footage. As Still Images from those cameras are PAR=1.0 (Square Pixels), they just do not adhere to the old 720 x 480 PAR=0.9, or 1.2 (NTSC), as SD Video cameras do. It is becoming rather common nowadays, and fortunately, PrPro will allow one to accommodate that treatment.
That's interesting. I look at buying a still camera that produces HD every time I pass by the display in Costco, and yet they continue to make them that shoot SD? It seems odd to me, but as you say, it works in Premiere Pro, so what the heck? Live and let live, I guess.
In PrPro, one has the capability to handle that 640 x 480 PAR=1.0 video, but where it really comes into play is with the consumer-oriented PrE, which does not allow for a Custom Project Preset (at least through version 10 - have not tested in version 11, so might be moot), and only allows for either PAR=0.9, or PAR=1.2 for SD NTSC Projects. As most of those newer Stills cameras are aimed more at consumers, they have caused a lot of problems with consumer-level NLE's.
I downloaded Premiere Elements 11 just to take a look. Yikes! Very odd. Nothing there for a Premiere Pro user in the way of the layout.
It seems that whatever you put on the timeline first determines the project settings. So if you already have a 640X480 progressive video and you put it on the timeline, you are good to go.