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First, what are the specs. of the AVI file from the camera, and what make/model of camera?
When you created the New Project, what did you choose?
Do you have Apple's QT Player installed, and what version?
To amplify on what Hunt asked...
Read Bill Hunt on a file type as WRAPPER http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037
What is a CODEC... a Primer http://forums.adobe.com/thread/546811
What CODEC is INSIDE that file? http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037
Report back with the codec details of your file, use the programs below... a screen shot works well to SHOW people what you are doing
And, some general reading...
Online User Guide http://help.adobe.com/en_US/premiereelements/using/index.html
-Page to download current PDF http://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements.html
Importing Video http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1065281
-and project settings http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1112086
Saving & Sharing http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1137128
-Sharing to DVD or BluRay http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1137645
-Sharing for Movies 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
I'll get back with Bill Hunt's questions, but this might take a little time I can see
Thanks for pointing to all the refernce material
That information might be very useful.
Whenever one rearanges pixels, and Rotation does that, the integrity of the original will not be retained 100%. However, within parameters, it should not be that bad. Now, if one is adding something else to the mix, like Scaling too, whether desired, or because of perhaps a mis-match between Project and Source Footage, the combo can look pretty sad.
There are just so many variables, that I am trying to throw out any, that do not pertain to your situation.
Also, don't be alarmed if there are more questions, as that is how these things can go.
Here are the answers to your questions
1. Camera is Olympus XZ 1 - 720p @ 30 fps Motion JPEG format. The AVI specs are:
Complete name : xxx
Format : AVI
Format/Info : Audio Video Interleave
File size : 598 MiB
Duration : 2mn 27s
Overall bit rate : 33.9 Mbps
ID : 0
Format : JPEG
Codec ID : MJPG
Duration : 2mn 27s
Bit rate : 32.5 Mbps
Width : 1 280 pixels
Height : 720 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 16:9
Frame rate : 30.000 fps
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:2
Bit depth : 8 bits
Compression mode : Lossy
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 1.176
Stream size : 573 MiB (96%)
ID : 1
Format : PCM
Format settings, Endianness : Little
Format settings, Sign : Signed
Codec ID : 1
Duration : 2mn 27s
Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 1 411.2 Kbps
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Sampling rate : 44.1 KHz
Bit depth : 16 bits
Stream size : 24.9 MiB (4%)
Interleave, duration : 33 ms (1.00 video frame)
Interleave, preload duration : 33 ms
2. Ok, goofed up with Project settings as the default. I do not see Project setting option for DSLR 720p 30 fps
3. QT Player version 10.1
OK, MJPEG, while not an ideal, can usually be edited in PrE, if the proper CODEC is installed. See this article, and read down: http://forums.adobe.com/message/4079377#4079377
Now, with a matching Project Preset, when one does do something, like Roatation, there will be a loss in quality. That loss might be noticed, or maybe not. Again, things like matching the Project to the Source Footage, will be important.
Next, what one does next, with the Rotated Source Footage, will play a roll.
Let's say that one has filmed a subject in the wrong orientation , like a portrait orientation, then wish to use that in a Video, which WILL be a landscape, or horizontal orientation, if all they do is Rotate, allowing the black bars to show, things should be pretty good. If, however, they also need to Scale up the portrait footage, to fill the horizontal frame, there are two operations, and combined, will likely yield poor results.
Just some things to think about,
Thank you for your response.
So if understand this, although avi video that I have plays in PrE, that does not mean it can be edited. In my case the avi cliip does respond to editing in PrE, but you are you are saying unless I have the exact codec that source was created installed on my computer then the editing in PrE may get corrupted.
Also, there is no Project preset that matches the source ie 720p @ 30 fps, so what do I select? , and is this the reason why the loss in quality significant?
With Roation, I don't mind having black bars on either side. I simply want to change from Landscape to Portrait view. If all I do is Rotate, then I lose bottom part of the dancers in the video. To get the whole person into the frame I played with Scale. Is there a better way to achieve this without creating loss.
Thanks for your support