Again, I wonder if you're making this harder than it needs to be, JN.
You'll get the best quality video if your project settings match your source video specs, whatever they happen to be.
And the "best" output option depends on what you're going to use the video for and what medium you're going to display or use your video on. There really is no one size fits all solution. You want to output video that is optimized for its specific purpose.
There's no point, for instance, in creating extremely high-bitrate, uncompressed video if the file is too large to load to YouTube.
I think I'm making it easier, especially for those unfamiliar with professional video requirements.
Indeed, the best quality settings depend just as much on the intended use as on the source.
I guess you must have missed the Subject of my post, because these settings are for professional video,
Yes, but for what professional purpose? Editing? Putting on a BluRay disc? Displaying online? Broadcasting?
Many broadcasters would never consider AVCHD, MPEG2 or DV-AVI professional video sources no matter how why the bitrate or quality level of your output.
We'll just have to agree to disagree.
I've provided video produced in AVCHD to broadcasters.
My settings are based on such actual requirements.
Thanks for the excellent suggestions, JN! We call can benefit from the experiences of others.
True. Although Premiere Elements does not technically support that format of video.
Being a consumer program, it is pretty much designed to work with miniDV, HDV, AVCHD, Flip and smartphone video and is not designed to work with any professional formats.
While consumers are indeed the intended audience of PE, it's nonetheless usable for professional output when you don't need the full capabilities and complexity of PP. I use both, and while I do sometimes need PP, I often find PE suited to the job at hand,
PE does support MPEG-2 4:2:2P@HL. (I just tested it in PE11 to be sure.)
AVCHD, while originally introduced as a format for consumer use, is now widely accepted as a professional format -- Panasonic and Sony both make professional AVCHD camcorders.
Regardless, I prepared this guide especially for those who don't use PP -- even with the easier pricing of CC, PP can be too steep a learning curve for an occasional professional job when PE can get it done.