If you use Premiere Elements to capture the video, the program will automatically match the project specs to your footage.
That is what I thought, but simply does not happen.
Downloading direct from the camera using PE11, movie clips are squashed into 4:3 aspect ratio.
Downloading using the supplied camera software, PE11 squashes the movie clips into 4:3 aspect ratio. Using the supplied camera software (ImageMixer), the movie clips are in 16:9 aspect ratio when viewed.
I'm not sure what you're doing wrong. But, in every case, when I use Premiere Elements' Add Media/from DV tool, it comes in right on the nose.
When you look under Edit/Project Settings, what does it show as your project settings Aspect Ratio?
Meantime, you can right-click on any "squashed" video in your Project Assets panel and select Interpret Footage to manually set it to the correct pixel aspect ratio.
There is a "flag" in the files' header info, that signals the PAR (Pixel Aspect Ratio) for SD Video, either 0.9 for Standard 4:3, or Widescreen 16:9 (NTSC). Sometimes, that flag is missed. When it is, if one Rt-clicks on the Clips in the Project Panel, they can choose Interpret Footage to "force" the program to set the PAR, as is required.
Only a guess on my part, but I would say that iMovie is writing files, with malformed header info, or in a form, that PrE does not see properly. I do not know iMovie, so cannot determine if that is the case.
With other Mac NLE (Non Linear Editor) programs, like FCPx, or FCE, intermediate files are used to edit, as the programs do not handle a lot of file formats/CODEC's natively. It could be something similar with iMovie.
Regardless, when the flag is missed, for whatever reason, Interpret Footage should force PrE to use the correct PAR.
I have discovered that PE11 is not reading my movie clips correctly from my camcorder (Canon FS11) when PE11 imports them, either directly from the camcorder or from folders already in my PC. The movie clips were taken using widescreen mode on the camcorder.
I have just received my tutorial book, Classroom in a Book, for PE11 and I imported the lesson movie clips into PE11 without any problem. These movie clips open in widescreen.
The problem of incorrect aspect ratio is easy to correct. It just involves a few extra steps before you can start being artisitic.
Exactly what we recommended, PS. Glad you're up and running.