Well, first it depends on the resolution and codec that mp4 is using -- and how closely you matched those specs when you started your Premiere Elements project.
What model of camcorder is that Mp4 coming from? If you dont' know, you'll need to open the file in G Spot Video Tool or Media Info and then post the resolution, frame rate and codec listed here.
You can see the project settings under the Edit menu.
You still won't get great results in version 7, however. That version of the program just isn't designed to work with that format.
Version 11 is not only designed to work perfectly with smartphone, iPad/iPod, Flip and other pocket cam video, on the other hand, it even sets up the project automatically based on your video specs. If you're going to regularly edit mp4 video, you really ought to consider upgrading to it. It will make your life much easier.
Thanks for replying Steve.
The MP4 was created in windows movie maker - it's a combination of photos and videos.
The mp4 displays fine at maximum screen size when viewed directly. It was something that I created in the meantime on old PC that wasn't compatible with PE and I didn't want to throw away all the editing time by throwing it away and starting from scratch.
An mp4 is not the best format for transfering video from MovieMaker to Premiere Elements.
Why not just finish the project in MovieMaker -- or do the whole thing in Premiere Elements?
BTW, are you using the original Moviemaker or MovieMaker Live? The original MovieMaker program was capable of outputting DV-AVI, the ideal video format for moving files from MovieMaker to Premiere Elements.
You say that you created your .mp4 (photos and videos) in Windows Movie Maker. However, please verify that since Windows Movie Maker does not appear to offer a .mp4 export choice...they all seem to be .wmv or dv.avi. If you miswrote on this point, the discussion of .mp4 and Premiere Elements becomes a non issue.
(The above seems to be true if you are using the Windows Live Movie Maker instead of Windows Movie Maker, but in the case of Windows Live Movie Maker there is no longer an option for dv.avi, just .wmv.)
When creating a Premiere Elements project for export to file saved to the computer hard drive or burn to disc,
a. Determine the properties of your source media (video and audio compression, frame size, frame rate, file extension, pixel aspect ratio, etc)
b. Set the Premiere Elements project preset (new project dialog) to match the properties of those source media.
c. Check...does my source media fill the space provided in the Edit Mode Monitor for editing purposes.
d. When exporting, if workflow is for 16:9 Widescreen, then be sure to set for a preset for Widescreen burn to or, if workflow is 4:3 standard, then a preset for Standard burn to.
I suspect that your problems are in regard to set up of your project rather than .mp4 versus other wrapper formats.
But let us see by looking at the details revisited.
For the record, MovieMaker Live offers only WMV and MP4 as output options, ATR. Which kind of stinks.
Where are you finding the .mp4 output in Windows Live Movie Maker 2011? I thought that I went through the line up of Save Movie, and the choices all came up .wmv. Where did I miss the .mp4? I will look again.
Add On...In support of me not finding a .mp4 export from Windows Live Movie Maker, I offer
Orginally I asked
Where are you finding the .mp4 output in Windows Live Movie Maker 2011?
Your screenshot and the header for the program that you have opened in the screenshot is probably the answer to my question.
It shows My Movie "Movie Maker". What I am referring to is Windows Live Movie Maker 2011
with the header My Movie "Windows Live Movie Maker". The interfaces of the two look essentially the same, but they seem to be two different programs, perhaps with the .mp4 choice difference between the two.
But, I am not finding that .mp4 export choice difference between them Googling. So, I will download the "Movie Maker" and check it out unless you have further details on your screenshot.
I'd suggest DabbsyJ downloads Movie Maker 2.6 from http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=34 (ignore the Vista reference, it works fine on W7 / W8) and do as Steve suggests and save it as DV-AVI.
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From what has been described my vote goes for this being a project settings issue and not format issue. But, I will wait for all the details to surface.
Any suggestions for where to get the Movie Maker version for which SG shows mp4 as well as wmv option?
I thought it would be an easy task downloading the Movie Maker (as compared to Windows Live Movie Maker) to see what the Movie Maker and its mp4 choice were all about. But even with links that say Movie Maker, all my roads seem to be heading for Windows Live Movie Maker 2012. I am currently and happily working with Microsoft Live Movie Maker 2011 and its associates in the Microsoft Live Essentials bundle 2011.
Later tonight when I have time, I will continue the search.
Also, I was not too much in favor of the DVD Menu choice since I did not see an easy route to editing the video in that path as I did with the route that took in the Break Apart Elements Organizer Slideshow command.