.mpgs are media files. Specifically, they are MPEG video files.
.prels are Premiere Elements project files. Project files contain media files but are not media files themselves.
Your project doesn't become a media or video file until you output a video using one of the Publish & Share options.
To output your project as an MPEG, go to Publish & Share/Computer/MPEG.
Welcome to the forum.
To supplement Steve G's. explanation, this article goes into more detail about the .PREL files - what they are, and what they are not: http://forums.adobe.com/message/3392837#3392837
When I use Premier to remove clips from lengthy videos they are automatically saved as .pre format clips.
Could you please clarify and elaborate on my quote of what you asked?
The general impression seems to be that you edited video in Premiere Elements and saved it within the Premiere Elements project file (preject.prel) without exporting it and now you want to know how to export it to a file with an .mpg file extension? Is all that correct? The wording of your question leads me to suspect that there might be an alternative interpretation to your inquiry.
Also, please include the format of what is on your Premiere Elements Timeline (video audio compression, frame size, frame rate, pixel aspect ratio, file extension) and just what properties you want your .mpg export to have. At the present time, I see this export as a non automated one which requires you to select the export path and settings.
Your interpretation of my question was correct. I think I now understand what I need to do to end up with a true .mpg clip. I have been looking at the instructions since this is actually the first time I have used the software I purchased.
Thanks a lot.
Thanks for the follow up.
If you need any help with the export settings, please let us know the details of your source and your requirements for the .mpg file export.
But, remember, .mpg is just the file extension, a wrapper format for the video and audio compression. Some of the choices may give you a .m2t rather than .mpg file extension.
Please notice that each of the presets under Publish+Share/Computer/MPEG has an Advanced Button. Under that Button are Video and Audio Tabs where you can customize your export. But take a look at all the export choices under Publish+Share/Computer/. Some other formats may or may not give you better results. Please explore and experiment and know that we are here to help if needed.