What are the properties of your finished movie?
Pending further details on finished movie properties (frames size, frame rate, interlaced or progressive...), you should be able to get your finished movie into iTunes using a choice in Premiere Elements' Publish+Share/Computer/QuickTime for a H.264.mov or Publish+Share/Computer/AVCHD for an AVCHD.mp4.
>into a format that iTunes will accpet
I think ITunes would be the 1st place to ask... so what does iTunes help say about formats?
Once you know what iTunes will accept, you can check your PreElements share options to find a match
John T. Smith
As you say, always a good idea to go to iTunes for its requirements and/or verify them.
In what I suggested I did a search as well as doing an actual import of some Premiere Elements 11 Windows home movies that I created this morning into iTunes (latest version). Further details pending more information (iTunes as well as Premiere Elements 11 sides) from Meterorlady1. I did a 720p30 as well as 1080p30 version.
If you want to keep it simple, Publish & Share/Devices/iPad will produce an ideal video for itunes.
Yes I did that, a QuickTime, then I got a .f4v format. I had to then use a video converter to get a .mov. With that done, the still pictures are awesome, the entire movie played fine from iTunes, but the video captured with my HD camcorder is somewhat choppy (that was not a problem when I burned a plain DVD, but the stills were out of focus). The choppiness is not so bad as to be horrible, but noticeable. My video is HD.
So next I'm going into town to get a dual layer disc and am going to try AVCHD and see if that will work.
What Adobe told me is that they don't scale down the still pictures within the program like iMovie does. They were taken with a Nikon high end camera so I had to batch process them using Photoshop to get them to 1920x1080. That seemed to work well for the still pictures. But, when I burn a plain DVD the pictures are slightly out of focus and the movies are great.....
I would use iMovie, which is really buggy, and it crashes often and is most frustrating to use. With that program I do get really choppy or stuttering video from my HD camcorder.
So now I have good still pictures and not so good movies from my HD camcorder. Is seems it's either one or the other....
I have already created and imported my movies to iTunes. It uses .mov. and I have been using iMovie to do it which has a button to export to iTunes. Unfortunately iMovie is buggy and crashes a lot so I was trying to find another alternative that will work as well.
I'm on a MAC Pro. I don't have a problem with creating and importing movies from iMovie. My video is directly imported from the HD camcorder. I just can't get a finished slideshow with video to work correct on export. If I just burn a regular DVD the photos are blurry and the HD video is a little choppy, and if I convert a finished movie to .mov, the HD movied are great but the still pictues are somewhat blurred.
The only way that you could get a .f4v export in Premiere Elements is via Publish+Share/Computer/Adobe Flash Video. If you got a .f4v export, you were not in QuickTime, you were in Adobe Flash Video. Did you scroll down the list of choices under Publish+Share/Computer to find QuickTime?
If you did that and did not see QuickTime, that tells me that you do not have QuickTime (latest version or any) installed on your computer. If that is the case, please do so since that is a requirement for Premiere Elements (any version). You should not have to detour through .f4v to get to a movie file with the file extension of .mov. That .mov is just the file extension representing the wrapper format for the video and audio compression. When you get to QuickTime, look under the Advanced Button/Video and Audio Tabs where you can customized your settings. Right now I would start with the Video Codec = H.264 to give you a H.264.mov export. If you need help with any of the other export settings, please let us know.
As for your still pictures which you now have as 1920 x 1080 pixels, what is your project preset and what are the properties of those videos that you are importing. Please check to see what is showing in Edit Menu/Project Settings/General Editing Mode, Timebase, and Frame Size. Do you know if your source media is interlaced or progressive video to go along with the frame rate?
Hoping to put together the information to help you achieve a uniformly good Home Video for your iTunes Library.
when I burned a plain DVD, but the stills were out of focus).
When you burn to DVD all your assets, still photos included, will be down sized to 720 x 576 (if PAL) or 720 x 480 (if NTSC), so that is what is probably introducing the blurring.
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I have nothing that shows Quick Time in any of my menus - I have MPEG4 and AVCHD under the Computer selection. I have Quick Time installed on my MAC however and it's up to date as far as a I can tell.
So to get rid of the out of focus stills, I did downsize them to 1920 x 1080 using Photoshop. Then I burned a DVD using the AVCHD option and that worked wonderfully. I have also burned a Blu-ray disc and the output was beautiful. All in focus and sharp.
Since I can't find the option for Quick Time, I am right now trying to save an MPEG4 movie ito see how that plays on my computer.
Thanks for taking the time to answer me.... you are a big help!
Thanks - I did downsize my photos to 1920 x 1080 and that worked well when I burned a AVCHD DVD.
In the Publish+Share Tab, you need to use the scroll bar to the far-right of the Panel, to see the various options. Flash Video is the first one in the list, and is why you got F4v. The scroll bar is hard to see, but look closely for it. When you scroll down, you will see the QuickTime options, plus many more.
Thanks for the follow up. I got involved in some computer matters this afternoon and have been away from the forum for a few hours.
If you have the latest version of QuickTime installed on your computer, I think that Hunt is on the right path asking you to explore the options under Publish+Share/Computer/. The lineup (at least according to my Windows set up) is:
Adobe Flash Video
I cannot tell you how many times that scroll bar has been misinterpreted and the lower choices believed missing.
When you open your project which you have heading for DVD-VIDEO on DVD disc, what are you using as the project preset? And, are all your photos from a camera or do you have any freeze frames from videos included. At the present time, what do you have in the way of
b. number of
that you want into a burn to disc DVD from within Premiere Elements 11 Mac?
Another bit of information...you say that you resize downward to 1920 x 1080. But, what are the pixel dimensions of the originals. Again how many of such photos?
Where are you playing these Premiere Elements burn to disc DVD-VIDEO...TV DVD Player, what size screen? Are your DVD-VIDEO blurry to the same degree on different TV DVD players. Is computer playback better, worse, or the same as TV DVD Player play back.
I will try to put all of the above requested information into a "plan" in the search for better.
Looking forward to your follow up.
At the risk of going Off-Topic here, I agree with your statment:
I cannot tell you how many times that scroll bar has been misinterpreted and the lower choices believed missing.
I have had difficulty seeing that scroll bar, since PrE 4, and it seems to get smaller, and more difficult with each version. We have had some real power-users miss it in PrE 11.
That's why I have a few screen-caps, for a couple of versions, to point the danged thing out. As I use a 17" laptop on my patio, in daylight, the scroll bar almost completely disappears.
Gads - there is more there. I didn't even notice the scroll bar. I have no stills in my project made from the video. They are all pictures taken with a higher end camera. So I used the batch process option in Photoshop and I downsized them all to 1920 x 1080. The pixel dimensions varied because I had three different cameras that I took the photos from. One was 3827 x 2872, and mine were as high as 4000 x 3000.
I have about 27 minutes of stills and video. There are about 235 stills. I did burn on as an MPEG and then converted it, but still had slightly choppy video. So with the information you and Hunt have provided I will not burn one to QuickTime, which is what iTunes uses to store them in my Home Movies folder there. I am hoping this will work.
I did burn a AVCHD and a Blu-ray video and they were stunning in their clarity.
Thanks - see below.... you were most helpful.
I see I didn't give you all my information. I play the videos on my 60" TV using a MAC mini. Like I said, the DVD I burned play stunningly using a Blu-ray player. Both the AVCHD and the Blu-ray options put out about the same clarity.
I am now creating the QuickTime movie so will see if that play on my TV.
We will be looking forward to futher developments with your project.
I decided to review your entire thread to catch up on anything that I may have overlooked first time around. I came across one fundamental matter which I need clarification on. You wrote:
What Adobe told me is that they don't scale down the still pictures within the program like iMovie does.
I am not sure if that was taken out of context, but... Premiere Elements preferences includes one under Edit Menu/Preferences/General for "Default Scale to Frame Size". Typically it is the active setting. What is option is designed to do is to scale your import to the frame size to correspond to the frame size in the project preset that you or the program selected. So, I am not clear on my quote of what you posted on that matter.
More on that later.
When I called support for Premiere the guy told me to scale down my pictures using the batch processing in Photoshop. The "Default Scale to Frame Size" was checked from the very beginning of my Premiere project. I figured from that it would scale so not sure why I had to manually do it.
So the latest is that I used the QuickTime option and saved the project. When I tried to import it into iTunes it would not import so I called Apple Care. They could not figure out why I could not just import the movie to iTunes so they had me open it in QuickTime and them export to iTunes. When I did that I only got the option to save for iPad or Apple TV but the PC/MAC option was greyed out. But when I selected the box for iPad & Apple TV it also said it was for TV and MAC. Weird....
What that option produced was blurry and not at all like the DVD I burned. It is also not full screen like my DVD.
Again, you can use the simple output settings I listed in my first post and it will create a video ideally suited for iTunes.
Also "Scale to Default Size" does not change the size of your photos. Only how they are displayed in Premiere Elements.
To batch resize your photos go to Photoshop Elements' File menu and select Process Multiple Files. Here you can set an entire folder of photos to resize to 2000 px width (the ideal size for high-def video). If you select the option to save to another folder, it will save your resized folder to a new folder and leave your originals in their original resolution.
I have already done the resize batch process. The pictures worked fine after that. I am just having problems now getting a good movie, without stuttering video, into iTunes. I am taking your suggestion about the output file. thanks.
An output video in MP4 will work fine in iTunes as far as I have used it. So look for any format that does this. MOV will also work (native Apple etc.)