I would guess that the Sequence Setting is perhaps DV (standard def) while your footage it HD. You can check by clicking the "Sequence" menu at top of screen and see what the Editing Mode is. Also, in Bin, select a video clip and at top of Bin it ought to show you the specs of the clip.
One trick is to drag and drop a clip from the Bin onto the "New" icon at bottom of bin, and this will create a New Sequence to match the video size and frame rate automatically. Otherwise, for the current situation, you can right-click a clip in the Sequence and select "Scale to Frame Size". In Preferences, there is a checkbox to do this to all clips, but does not affect clips that were already imported.
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THANK YOU! Jeff.
I corrected the import to HDV -- that was the solution.
Also, thank you for your in-depth approach. I appreciate it.
You're welcome, but let's make sure you are 100%. HDV refers to a tape-based format that records "anamorphic" HD, which is 1440x1080, so not "full" HD which is 1920x1080. Not sure what record mode you are in, as I believe you will have options of 1080 or 720 HD, but you may be better off with an "AVCHD" preset that matches the footage specs (maybe you meant HDV at 720p? Not used by many cameras).
You CAN put 1920x1080 clips into an HDV project and they look fine, but you're losing some resolution that way. For that matter, you can drop 1080 clips into a 720p project and it still works, but ideally you want the best match to the source, and then you can always downconvert final output for DVD web, etc. What is the exact source format, so instance "1080p 30"?
Very newb here....
I tried to begin anew, and Holy Cow! There are so many presets to choose from. What would be best to use? I don't know anything about the source vid other than it is: MP4, 1920 x 1080 Drop Frame (this is from Pr Metadata). The GOPRO belongs to someone else, do I need to track him down and ask Q pertaining to his cam?
Also, when I tried out Warp Stabilizer, I got: "Warp Stabilizer requires clip dimensions to match sequence". I'm now thinking I need to choose a better match-up between the master footage and the presets. ??? I mention this here b/c they seem allied.
This is 'like' all vid engineering stuff. How/where can I learn about it?
>> I'll be back later or tomorrow. Gots to go watch Oprah. (JUST KIDDING -- Very late lunch!).
As I thought, you don't want to use the "HDV" preset, that does not match your frame size (even though you now see the whole image). Do see you a frame rate along with your clip info? Probably 30p. Choose the AVCHD folder, then "1080p" then choose the preset to match your frame rate, likely 1080p30 (do not use anamorphic).
You can right-click a clip in the Bin and hit Properties and see if that tells you frame rate, or fps. If not, right-click and try "Modify > Interpret Footage" and see what it shows for frame rate in there.
Advice for Warp Stabilizer - works best on short clips (seconds, not minutes). Sometimes I get amazingly perfect results, other clips the subject may be stabilized nicely but the background moves around and warps in strange ways, and that is due to how CMOS image sensors work in the camera, called "jello wobble".
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