The Pan & Zoom tool must use the same aspect ratio for its video frame as you are using for your project. In other words, a 16:9 project will have a 16:9 frame in the Pan & Zoom tool.
However, you can also manually keyframe your tool in the Keyframe Controls area of the Adjustments panel.
How do I find the Keyframe Controls area of the Adjustments panel?
Select your still on your timeline, then click the Adjust button to open the Adjustments panel. Open the Motion properties, then click the Show Keyframe Controls button (the stop watch) in the upper right corner of the panel.
I show you step by step how to keyframe motion path pan & zooms in my books, if you're interested.
And, if you just want to learn the basics of the program, I've got a free 8 part Basic Training tutorial series for Premiere Elements 11.
I had to choose the applied effects button instead of the adjustments button in order to be able to choose motion. After choosing motion, I don't understand all of the stuff in that window. I don't see anything that says aspect ratio. All I want to do is have two keyframes that are 4:3 aspect ratio.
about 2 weeks ago, I went through all of your tutorials on pre 11. Lot of good tips there but I don't recall seeing how to change the aspect ratio of keyframes.
You are correct. The Motion keyframes are set up on the Applied Effects panel.
Here's a free article on Basic Keyframing I wrote for Premiere Elements support site Muvipix.com. It's for an earlier version of the program, but the principles are the same.
As I said above, my book on version 11 offers step by step instructions for the current version.
Thanks Steve. I read the article. I know you are being very patient with me, but most of the dialog about keyframing is way over my head. I simply don't understand the function of the keyframe screen in "motion". After looking at that screen, and reading the articles I am coming to the conclusion that I cannot change the aspect ratio of a keyframe, which is my issue at the present.
I think that I may have come on to a workaround. I start a new project, the first and pnly things I import are 4:3 stills. Then I start the pan & zoom tool. This time the keyframes are 4:3 aspect ratio. I do all of the stills and then produce a m2ts file (share) of the slides which will also be 4:3. Then I import that m2ts into my main project which is 16:9. This seems to work. I just wish I could do that faster. What do you think?