What version of the program are you using?
When you set up your Premiere Elements project, which settings did you select? (You can see your current project settings listed under the Edit menu.)
Have you ensured that all of your photos are no larger than 1000x750 pixels in size?
Do you get the same results if you output a WMV file?
First off, thank you for looking into my problem. I appreciate your time.
I. I am using the latest version of Elements, version 11.
II. Project settings:
I am not sure which of the settings you are referring to, so here goes. There are three tabs of settings, General, Capture and Video Rendering. Some of the fields were grayed out, some were dark black.
Editing Mode: HD 1080i
Time base: 29.97 frames per second
The box next to "Desktop video display during Playback" is checked.
External Device: None
Aspect Ratio Conversion: Hardware (if supported)
Desktop Audio is selected
External Device: none
The box next to "Disable video output when in background" is checked.
Frame Size 1920 horizontal 1080 vertical
Pixel Aspect Ratio: Square Pixels (1.0)
Fields: Upepr Field First
Display format: 30 fps drop-frame time code
Title Safe Area: 20% horizontal 20% vertical
Action Safe Area: 10% horizontal 10% vertical
Sample Rate 48000 hz
Display Format Audio Samples
Capture Format: HDV
VIDEO RENDERING TAB:
The box next to "Maximum Bit Depth" is not checked
File format: I-frame only MPEG
Compressor: MPEG I-frame
The box next to "Optimize Stills" is checked
(Note: Just asking. How is the novice supposed to know what settings are best for a particular project?)
III. The photos I used as pictures are actually freeze frames from the videos I shot for footage. So the "photos" are whatver size they are because of that. (I don't know how to find out what size they are, nor do I know how to change the size.)
IV. I don't mean to sound dumb, but I don't recognize WMV. Do you mean Publish/Share > Computer > Windows Media? I did convert a file to that format and checked it out. The converted file does seem to work fine and all of the images playback properly positioned and formatted.
Again, I appreciate your help.
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This happens sometimes when working on a project in MPEG format (as yours).
I'm sorry but I don't have a solution. The usual workaround is to output an AVI of your file -- but in your case the AVI also exhibits this problem.
Have you tried starting a new project, set up for DV? I know DV is standard resolution, but working in DV format you will unlikely have this problem. And, since you're going to output AVI anyway, working in DV just makes sense.
I appreciate your quick response. I want to be clear though. The problem I experiencethe cropped and repositioned shots going out of registrationonly occurs when I convert to an AVI file, which I am doing to create a dvd with a menu. I originally cut the programs together through Elements. I successfully converted to both MPEG2 format and the Windows Media formats. Matter of fact, the only reason I was converting to AVI was to build the dvd and menu. Is there another way to build a dvd and manu without AVI?
Again, thank you.
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