Is your original footage MOV files? Because MOVs can include any of hundreds of codecs, Premiere Elements can sometimes have trouble identifying the file's properties and automatically setting up your project. But, if you connect your camcorder to your computer with a USB cable and use Premeire Elements' Add Media/From Flip or Camera tools to get the video from the camcorder to your computer, this is usually not the case.
Did you use Premiere Elements' Add Media/From Flip or Camera to get the video from your cam to your computer?
As for your pixelation, have you rendered the timeline (by pressing Enter)? If there are yellow lines above the clips on your timeline in Expert view, you care looking at a soft render, which can look pixelated. Rendering your timeline will create a temporary video file that will better represent what your final output will look like.
Much of this is covered in my books and in my free 8 part Basic Training tutorials. Have you checked out these tutorials yet?
"Did you use Premiere Elements' Add Media/From Flip or Camera to get the video from your cam to your computer?"
Here's what I think I did:
1. I accessed PrE 11 and clicked on New/Project. I changed the default setting from NTSC-AVCHD-Full HD to Hard Disk, Flash Memory Camcorder, Standard 48kHz. (I'm not using wide screen for my two videos.)
2. I connected my Canon FS200 camcorder to my computer via USB 2.0 port.
3. Two screens immediately popped up when I turned on my camcorder - Elements Organizer, Photo Downloader and Image Mixer 3 Launcher with a "Save Files to PC" option. I clicked this.
4. I then clicked Add Media and Files and Folders (PrE) from where I got my clips located on the hard drive.
Would you give me a quick step-by-step way to capture my video the right way and thereby possibly avoiding all the problems I'm now having. My computer also has a memory card reader. Would inserting the mem card be a better option?
I have a powerful HP computer with Windows 7. I'm thinking about getting an even more powerful computer and a new AVCHD camcorder. This might solve some of my problems.
When I right clicked a clip on my timeline and clicked Show Properties, I saw - Type: MPEG Movie. Is there a sure way to tell if these clips are indeed MOV files?
I registered on your website but could not find your 8-part basic training tutorials. I watched your Premiere Elements Promo Video though. It reminded me of my teenage years when I rode my bicycle almost every night from Glendale to a little movie theater several miles east of downtown Hollywood to see an Italian movie festival. The Bicycle Thief and La Strada after all these years are still in my memory - great films.
To see the 8 part tutorial series, just click on the link in my previous post.
Part 2 of the series shows you how to get video from a camcorder to your computer.
The video from that camcorder should be .mpgs, not .movs.
I found the tutorial and I think the series will help me solve the problem. But what I found in the three parts I looked at is the same pixelation (double image too) as I see in my clips when I try to lighten them. Could this be something at fault with my computer?
When I'm watching the tutorials, how can I close them in order to get back to the main page?
I'm going to do as you suggested and make a separate folder (My Videos) for my clips.