>improve the quality of these files
Not really... WMV is a highly compressed file, and once a file has been compressed, there is no way to bring back that lost information
As for the rest... some reading (and, you did not state your PreElements version, so info for all recent versions)
Version 11 http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1071694
Importing Video http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1065281
Saving & Sharing http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1051093
Sharing for Computer http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1058237
Steve's Basic Training Tutorials... steps are the same for several versions
-and http://prodesigntools.com/four-hours-free-video-tutorials-new-photoshop-elements-9-pse9.ht ml
Another help site http://muvipix.com/ or http://muvipix.com/phpBB3/
Premiere Elements Updates http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=101&platform=Windows
AVCHD to DVD http://forums.adobe.com/thread/862611
Moto Audio Problems http://forums.adobe.com/thread/869519
Cyberlink Timeline Problem http://forums.adobe.com/thread/882117
Will NOT edit Flash http://forums.adobe.com/thread/911671
Elements and AVCHD http://forums.adobe.com/thread/947846
Remove Watermark http://forums.adobe.com/thread/433730?tstart=30
Jerky or slow playback http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1071217
User Guide PDF http://help.adobe.com/en_US/premiereelements/using/index.html
Right click PDF link in the upper right corner and select to save to your hard drive
-the page also has links to help pages for previous versions
I appreciate your help and thanks for all those links but i cant see where my quetion is answered about how to create clips automatically. maybe it is not called clips? i'm just using that word based on what the old movie maker would do after it captured footage. It was a very simple process of just ticking a box and then it would split the mini Dv footage from my camcorder into sections based on when i stopped and then started recording footage. i have heaps of old files that are an hour long, i just want to be able to quickly grab the short sections i need instead of having to sit down and split the footage up into heaps of sections. most footage is only a few mins of our kids, we never recorded an event etc for an hour long. the files just have heaps of short segments back to back and i was hoping i could click a button and have them automatically split.
the version of Pr elelments i have is 10. i just need a simple direction of 'select the tool called ....' or read section ?/ of the manual. or this is not possible.
i'm just getting really frazzled trying to find an answer.
For SD (Standard Definition) AV files, I would look into SceneAlyzer (http://www.videohelp.com/tools/ScenalyzerLive), as it can often do a very good job of breaking existing files by "scenes."
Do you know what the resolution is of your WMV files? Most WMVs are about 320x240 -- which would explain why they look pixelated when you put them in a video project set up for 720x480 pixel video.
As John T indicates above, WMVs do not make good source files for a Premiere Elements project. I'd recommend you use Windows MovieMaker to convert the files to DV-AVIs, per this FAQ.
As I indicate in my book, if you are using Vista or Windows 7, you'll need to download the classic version of Windows MovieMaker (version 2.6), which is downloadable from the Microsoft site, rather than Windows Live Moviemaker to do the conversion.
Once you've converted the files to DV-AVIs, Premiere Elements can separate them into shorter scenes, based on content. How you do this varies, depending on which version of the program you're using.
The program doesn't actually break the video file into smaller video files, as Scenalyzer does (see Bill's post). But it does create sub-clips in the project which you can use as if they are smaller clips.