It sounds like your source video is screen capture software, like FRAPS, which has some unique challenges.
If you open a clip of your source video in G Spot or MediaInfo, what codec, frame rate and resolution are listed?
I'm using a Nintendo emulator called FCEUX to record the footage. You have the option to choose which compressor you want, and I use Xvid MPEG-4 Codec, since it's the only one I have to choose from that doesn't cause stuttering or choppiness. When I open it in MediaInfo it says:
MPEG-4 Visual (XviD)
60 frames per second
256 x 224 Resolution
Wow. I'm not sure what to even tell you.
Xvid almost never edits well in Premiere Elements. The video is 60p square pixel and your project is set up for 30 fps drop-frame anamorphic pixel.
My reaction is to say you're just not going to be able to get good results editing that video in this program. But you apparently have to some extent.
So I can't be of much use to you. Maybe someone with experience editing that type of video will have some suggestions.
Well the weird thing is even still images that are cropped in Premiere still have the same issue with the incorrect cropping dimensions, so I'm not sure if it's related to Xvid. I thought about just taking snap shots, cropping them in Photoshop, then putting them back in Premiere, but that will only fix the cropping issues I have with still images; not actual video. Until then, I'm definitely going to need someone else to help me figure this out. Thanks for trying though.
If I install Premiere Pro, will I be able to transfer my project to it with all the pieces and effects in the right places? That might fix it.
I tried editing blind, since the preview window is showing the cropping incorrectly. I tried moving the crop sliders around, saving that small spot as an mpeg, and then opening it and seeing if the crop was better. After repeating this step multiple times I was able to fix one crop error this way, but then I reached a part where one of the cropped videos's crop on the left set was set to 0, but in the final product the left side was cropped. Obviously I can't crop into negative numbers, so I'm stuck again. I also tried installing Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and transfering my project there, but my timeline is empty.
Put the screencaps in a project setting with square pixels instead of non square pixels, see it that will help.
It did help. I opened up a project set for HD 720p 30, and I cropped a video and it worked fine. I opened my same project settings (NTSC-HDV-HDV 1080i 30) to make sure it wasn't just a fluke, and the crop dimensions were wrong. So apparently switching the project to 720p works, but I have a 30 minute video near in completion, so I can't start over at this point. What can I do from here? To my knowledge, you can't change your project settings in the middle.
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