Which version of the program do you have?
Version 11 does a pretty good job of mixing formats. Prior versions do not, and you can not use an HDV or AVCHD video in a project set up for DV or vice versa without lots of issues.
It also might help to know exactly which device models each of your video sources is coming from.
Thanks for the reply!
I am using version 10. I would definitely upgrade to version 11 if it provided more options for me to fix this issue. If this occurred, would my existing project edits be able to tranfer to version 11? if not , I would be back in the same boat meanig I woud need to redo months of editing.
The source of the dv project are youtube videos. Long political speeched were downloaded from youtube to my computer and then uploaded into Elements and then edited. (ultimately with just a couple lines left from the original speech)
You can probably open your version 10 project in version 11 -- but then it wouldn't take advantage of version 11's ability to automatically set up projects and mix formats. To do that, you'd like to start from scratch in version 11.
Meantime, you say you're trying to merge HDV and DV footage? Just to make sure we're speaking the same language, HDV is tape-based hi-def video captured over a FireWire connection and DV is video captured over a FireWire connection from a miniDV camcorder.
We can advise you, but we have to know exactly what you're working with.
The HDV foootage cane from a JVC Everio HD Camera. The dv footage came from downloaded youtube video so the source is unknown. Both projects look good outside of the difference between the screen sizes which for me , is a showstopper. You can't watch a movie where the screen size changes back and forth which is what would occur after the 2 projects get merged.
Maybe the lesser of the 2 evils is to export the final HD edited footage and then import it back into elements under the DV setting? Would that shrink the screenszie so it matches the dv footage. It won't be full screen but at least it will be consistent.
Unless your videos both came from tape-based camcorders, you do not have DV or HDV footage.
We need to know the exact source of your video or its specs in order to make any recommendations.
If you don't know what kind of camcorder your video came from, download G Spot Video Codec or MediaInfo from the internet and open your files in them, then report the codec, resolution and frame rate to us.