Which version of Premiere Elements are you using?
Also, by HDV, you do mean tape-based HDV, right?
If version 12, attach your camcorder to your computer with a FireWire cable and use Premiere Elements' Add Media/From HDV Camcorder to capture your footage.
In versions 11 or 12, when you add this footage to your timeline, the program will automatically set up your project based on your video specs. In earlier versions of the program, you will need to to this manually.
Create your menu system using the Movie Menus tool in the Tools set. Then use Publish & Share/To Disc to output your BluRay.
This workflow will give you the highest possible quality BluRay. I don't believe Premiere Elements is capable of producting a 30p BluRay disc.
1. You will need a firewire connection for your HDV data capture firewire into Premiere Elements 12 capture window.
(The project preset will be NTSC HDV HDV 1080p30).
2. If "1" does not work for you, then you do a HDV data capture firewire into HDVSplit and then import the .m2t split clips into a Premiere Elements project with its Add Media/Files and Folders/Project Assets. In "1" you are putting MPEG2.mpg on the Timeline. In "2", you are putting MPEG2.m2t on the Timeline.
3. Publish+Share/Disc/Blu-ray with preset = H.264 1920 x 1080i NTSC Dolby.
4. Publish+Share/Disc/DVD disc preset = NTSC_Widescreen_Dolby DVD.
5. For export to folder saved to computer hard drive compare
Publish+Share/Computer/MPEG with preset = MPEG2 - 1920 x 1080i30 (MPEG2.m2t)
Publish+Share/Computer/AVCHD with preset = M2T - H.264 1920 x 1080i30 (H.264.m2t)
I am purposely not selecting the 1440 x 1080 choices since a 16:9 flag comes with them to stretch the 1440 x 1080 to 1920 x 1080 for display after encoding.
Please review and see if any of the above works for you.
I did not see SG's post until after I had posted mine.
Premiere Elements 12 Burn to Blu-ray (NTSC) is only going to give you interlaced video at 29.97 interlaced frames per second.
Interestingly, if you do the AVCHD burn to DVD disc, you can have AVCHD on the DVD disc in format
H.264 1920 x 1080p NTSC Dolby (@ 23.976 progressive frames per second).
Thanks for the great start!
I do have a firewire connection and had previously used HDVSplit when my older version of PrE(8 or 9) no longer imported from the HDV for some reason. Now with 12, I can still use HDVSplit if it is the only way to maintain the progressive film rather than having PrE12 auto convert to interlaced. I understand that from my HV30, the 30p is actually ????x1080p 29.97frames per sec in a 60i wrapper, which i assume is 60 frames per second interlaced. The ???? is 1920 or 1440? I do not want the picture to be stretched, but I have read something about the sensor shoots in 2:3 or something...this is where I get lost in the technical details.
When I burn to Blu-ray, will it be converted to interlaced? Does that mean I will lose quality/resolution?
If you use the workflow we've described, your results should look great -- every bit as good as your original video.
Why not do a test run and see?
When you see 60i, that is 60 fields per seconds, not frames per second. The 60i fields per second would be 30/29.97 frames per second.
Both 1440 x 1080 with its 16:9 flag and 1920 x 1080 give displays of 1920 x 1080. When you use the one with the 16:9 flag, you depend on the player to recognize that flag and stretch the 4:3 1440 x 1080 to 16:9 1920 x 1080. The 1920 x 1080 does not have such a dependency and thus bypasses that concern.
All should go very well as described as SG wrote. As he suggested, do the mini test run before the grand project and verify in your specific computer environment with your specific footage.
We will be watching for your progress.
Thanks for the follow up.
Ok, so I have not actually tried this yet...
Now my issue is that my Blu-ray drive is not recognized in premiere elements. Is there a full compatibility list somewhere? http://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/kb/supported-devices-premiere-elements.html seems like it is not a complete list.
I am using an Asus BW-12B1STa which is actually a re-branded LG BH14NS40. Only the LG version is officially compatible with my Optical Quantum Blu-ray discs, so I plan to "upgrade" the firmware so it is recognized as the LG.
Does anyone know if this LG (or ASUS) drive will be or should be recognizable by adobe premiere elements?
I have chatted several times with Adobe. The Asus drive is not definitively compatible. The LG drive is compatible per adobe. Using he LG drive with Optical Quantam BD-R media I get the dreaded "media not present" error. I then bought some Verbatim BD-R media...Same error. Contacted Adobe chat yet again, got the response "Vaibhav: Well this has been reported as a bug and engineering is working on this". After waiting on hold for 30 minutes today, of course no chance of customer service making this right with any type of refund or discount on the Pro CC/Encore options within Adobe. Uggh. What an awful company.
Anyways, I see A.T. has a post on how to use a phantom drive, I may give that a try: http://www.atr935.blogspot.com/2013/11/pe12-disc-imagephantom-burner-pe.html
Has ANYONE been able to publish a Blu-ray directly from PrE12? How in the world did you beat the "media not present" error?
You seem to have all the ingredients for a successful Premiere Elements 12 burn to Blu-ray disc format on Blu-ray disc.
I have no problems with the Premiere Elements 12 on Windows 7 64 bit computer burn to Blu-ray (direct)
a. LG Blu-ray internal burner BH12
b. Verbatim BD-R (6X, 25 GB), Verbatim BD-RE (2X, 25 GB), or Verbatim BD-RE DL (2X, 50 GB)
There are various maneuvers that have worked for some
a. Burn dialog Rescan
b. Put disc in burner tray before you open Premiere Elements
c. Do an uninstall/reinstall with ccleaner run through in between the uninstall and reinstall.
We look forward to your results with the Phantom burner in conjunction with Premiere Elements 12 burn to Blu-ray.
Please remind me what computer operating system your Premiere Elements 12 is running on.
Win7 Pro 64 bit.
I had already tried a and b. c will come at some point, I am just beyond frustrated with this program. Thanks for you suggestions though!
Thanks for the update. Sorry the news was not better.
"c" has worked for some. So, there is a ray of hope in that.
I still have not beaten the "media not present" message when I try to use the Phantom Burner in conjunction with Premiere Elements 11 and 12 Blu-ray in Windows 8.1 64 bit. I have the trial Phantom Burner and have not determined if that glitch would be absent in the purchased product in Windows 8.1 64 bit. All the rest of the details are in my blog post cited previously on Disc Image and Phantom Burner and Premiere Elements.
We will be watching for further news of your progress.
Thanks for looking at the troubleshooting suggestions.