If you've used Premiere Elements to capture your video or get the video from your camcorder, version 11 will set up your project automatically.
What model of camcorder is your video coming from and what format and resolution is it? How did you get it from the camcorder to your computer?
When you look under Edit/Project Settings, what settings are displayed?
I am actually getting my video from a camera that records to a SD Card. It is in 1280x720, so usually I use the DSLR 720p60 setting. However, Premiere Elements 11 defaults to Full HD 1080i, which means that it is scaling my video up and this is a problem because I'm also mixing in screencaptures where the text needs to be legible, and the scaling is making that difficult.
Everything comes out perfectly when I use 720p as both the camera and screencapture are 1280x720.
Info under Edit > Project Settings is mostly greyed out and unchangeable, including these two key parts that I want to change:
Editing Mode: HD 1080i
Frame Size: 1920x1080
Once again, if you use Premiere Elements to get the video from the camcorder to your computer rather than using Windows or Finder to move it from the card, you shouldnl't have this problem.
Unfortunately, the only way to change your project settings mid-project in version 11 is to change the first clip on your timeline -- which is what Premiere Elements 11 uses to set the project settings. Because Premiere Elements isn't recognizing your video's format, it's not updating the settings correctly.
Your ownly option is to start a new project, manually select the correct project settings and check the option to Force Settings on Project so that the program doesn't change its settings when you add your media to it.
I'm a little confused as I don't have a camcorder. I have a little camera that records onto SD Card. I then transfer the video files from the SD Card to my hard drive. Also, I'm using Screencapture which is saved into video files on my hard drive. So basically, no camcorder is involved, I'm working with video files that are on my Mac hard drive.
So I get these video files on my computer, and then I import them in Premiere.
It seems like it recognises the format that I've imported fine. The only problem is that I'm editing in 1920x1080 when all my videos are 1080x720.
With Premiere Elements, you can't copy a movie from one project to another.
Although some people have been able to do it using a program like Clip Mate. But I make no guarantees.
Others have figured out how to open the project file in a text editor and manually hack it to new project settings. But, again, that's nothing I've ever done, so I make no guarantees.
The only way I know will work is starting a new project -- but that means starting from scratch.
The only other way in version 11 is to use Premiere Elements to get the video from your camcorder to your computer using the Video Importer in the Add Media/From Flip or Camera tools. In most cases, this will enable Premiere Elements to put indicators in the video file so that it can identify it and set up your project accordingly.
Ok, here is my plan. I will make sure everything I have now is un-scaled. This creates a large black box around it, since my video is too small for the editing space. Then I will export the video as is, with the large black space.
Then I can create a new project (with the correct 1280x720 settings) and import the video which will be too big, but if I don't scale it, the black part of the video will not be visible and will be cropped out. Then I can continue editing.
Any advice on the best format to export to which will use the least amount of compression?
Don't get tripped up on the fact that I used the word "crop." I described with more accuracy what I am going to do in comment #8 above. It's possible to have the edges of an image, text title, or video outside the edge of the actual viewable area.
The result is something like a crop, though I'm totally new to both video editing and Premiere, so I don't know the technical term. It seems like you know the technical terms but haven't played with Premiere much if you haven't figured out that you can do this yet--I figured it out on the first day!
Yes, if one has an Asset, with larger dimensions, than the Frame Size of the Project, "effective cropping" will take place, unless the Asset is Scaled to "fit" the Frame Size.
The Video Frame is like an aperture in a matte, used to frame a photograph. The photograph can be larger than the aperture, but one can only see what is in that aperture - the rest of the photograph are out of sight.