19 Replies Latest reply: Mar 26, 2014 6:06 PM by A.T. Romano RSS

    16:9 widescreen format question

    poke01 Community Member

      How do I create a project so my video will be in 16:9 widescreen format? I am using Premier Elements 12. As of now my videos are in 4:3 format when I upload them to Youtube.

        • 1. Re: 16:9 widescreen format question
          John T Smith MVP

          You start with widescreen video... what is your brand/model camera?

           

          The Elements Tutorial Links Page http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1275830 has information about setting up a project

          • 2. Re: 16:9 widescreen format question
            poke01 Community Member

            I used my iPhone 4 and my Panasonic video camera. Model SDR-H40

            • 3. Re: 16:9 widescreen format question
              the_wine_snob Community Member

              Welcome to the forum.

               

              As per John T's link, you can set your Project, as needed, and then check the box to Force that Setting.

               

              Then, when you Import the footage, you can manipulate it, to fit the chosen format, if needed.

               

              Good luck,

               

              Hunt

              • 4. Re: 16:9 widescreen format question
                A.T. Romano Community Member

                poke01

                 

                The usual drill is to set the project preset to match the properties of your source media so that the program is directed to set up the right space in the Edit area monitor for editing purposes. So, if you have 4:3 format, then your project preset would probably be NTSC DV Standard or it PAL counterpart.

                 

                But, under the circumstances, look at this idea....

                 

                Open your Premiere Elements 12 project to the Expert workspace and make sure that the project preset is the default 1080i30

                NTSC

                AVCHD

                Full HD1080i30

                or its PAL counterpart

                 

                Import your 4:3 video into the project with Add Media/Files and Folders/Project Assets from where you drag your video to the Expert workspace Timeline.

                 

                Click on the screen so that you see a bounding box around the image there and drag on the bounding box handles to scale the image just to display in the screen with no black borders.

                 

                Publish+Share/Social Websites/YouTube with preset = High Definition Video for YouTube 1920 x 1080.

                 

                What does that look like once it is uploaded to YouTube 16:9?

                 

                The idea goes against the grain if you are starting with 720 x 480 (or PAL counterpart 720 x 576) and taking it to 1920 x 1080. But see if you can get away with it.

                 

                In your scheme of things, are black borders acceptable. What I am asking you to try ends up with 16:9 with no black borders. But I am not too comfortable with the SD to HD.

                 

                Please review and then let us know the outcome.

                 

                In questions such as these, please give properties of the source media.

                 

                Thanks.

                 

                ATR

                • 5. Re: 16:9 widescreen format question
                  A.T. Romano Community Member

                  poke01

                   

                  I did not see all the replies until after I posted mine.

                   

                  Where did the 4:3 video comes from based on your initial post?

                   

                  The iPhone 4 is reported to record 720p which is a 16:9 format as well as 480p 4:3 format.

                   

                  That Panasonic id probably shooting MPEG2 4:3.

                   

                  Are you recording 4:3 with both cameras?

                   

                  If so, my post stands as written.

                   

                  Please update us on your progress.

                   

                  Thank you.

                   

                  ATR

                  • 6. Re: 16:9 widescreen format question
                    poke01 Community Member

                    Thank you for all the replies and help. I will try all suggested options and update everyone tomorrow on the outcome. Thanks again!

                    • 7. Re: 16:9 widescreen format question
                      poke01 Community Member

                      Here are the two videos:

                       

                      This one is the original with black borders:

                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wc8GnfSjif8

                       

                      This is the same video only I stretched the image to fill the entire box. I guess it worked?

                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdqDqrDtzTQ

                      • 8. Re: 16:9 widescreen format question
                        A.T. Romano Community Member

                        poke01

                         

                        Looks good. You could do some panning if you wanted to get the player's face in one or two of the views. But, since the focus is the playing, looks OK.

                         

                        It looks like you are using 4:3 footage, probably 640 x 480. Also, look at a 4:3 presentation on YouTube - see if better, the same, or not so good

                         

                        Open Premiere Elements new project.

                        Go to File Menu/New/Project and set the project preset to NTSC DV Standard

                        Before you close out of there, in the final dialog, put a check mark next to "Force Selected Project Setting on this Project".

                         

                        Then, in the Expert workspace, import your video with the program's Add Media/Files and Folders/Project Assets from where you drag the video into the Timeline.

                         

                        For export....

                         

                        Publish+Share

                        Social Websites

                        YouTube

                        with preset = Flash Video for YouTube

                         

                        Then let us know what is happening.

                         

                        Thanks for checking out the suggestions.

                         

                        ATR

                        • 9. Re: 16:9 widescreen format question
                          poke01 Community Member

                          Sorry for the delayed update. I have opened the project preset settings before but for some reason can not figure out how to do it again.

                          • 10. Re: 16:9 widescreen format question
                            poke01 Community Member

                            My apologies, I remembered how to do it.

                            • 11. Re: 16:9 widescreen format question
                              A.T. Romano Community Member

                              poke01

                               

                              Hope all is going well.

                               

                              Just a reminder for anyone looking into your thread...

                               

                              If you want to check to see project settings were set by you or the project, then in the Expert workspace

                              Edit Menu

                              Project Settings

                              General

                              and review the readings for Editing Mode, Timebase, Frame Size, and Pixel Aspect Ratio even if they look

                              grayed out.

                               

                              If you want to set the project preset yourself, instead of letting the project do it automatically, then

                              Expert workspace

                              File Menu/New/Project

                              Change Settings

                              In New Project dialog pick the project preset that matches the properties of your source media

                              Then before you exit the area, in the last dialog there, put a check mark next to

                              "Force Selected Project Setting on This Project"

                              Back in the Premiere Elements 12 Expert workspace, Add Media/

                               

                              ATR

                              • 12. Re: 16:9 widescreen format question
                                poke01 Community Member

                                Just uploaded a video and I followed the following directions:

                                Open Premiere Elements new project.

                                Go to File Menu/New/Project and set the project preset to NTSC DV Standard

                                Before you close out of there, in the final dialog, put a check mark next to "Force Selected Project Setting on this Project".

                                 

                                Then, in the Expert workspace, import your video with the program's Add Media/Files and Folders/Project Assets from where you drag the video into the Timeline.

                                 

                                For export....

                                 

                                Publish+Share

                                Social Websites

                                YouTube

                                with preset = Flash Video for YouTube

                                This video had a nice picture but still had black borders on the side. With a nice picture, can I import it into a different setting in Youtube to get the 16:9 screen?

                                • 13. Re: 16:9 widescreen format question
                                  A.T. Romano Community Member

                                  poke01

                                   

                                  What is your source video, 4:3 or 16:9? My recollection that it was 4:3. If so and you want to try to get a 16:9 look from it...

                                   

                                  Set the project preset to NTSC DV Widescreen.

                                  Import your video. If it is 16:9, the fit into the Edit area monitor space will be right on..

                                  If you are starting with 4:3 video, then click on the Edit area monitor to bring up a bounding box (white frame with white point at corners and sides). Drag on one of the white points to scale the video so that it just fills the Edit area monitor space, just enough that you do not see any black borders.

                                   

                                  Then

                                   

                                  Publish+Share

                                  Social websites

                                  YouTube

                                  with preset = High Definition Video for YouTube 1920 x 1080.

                                   

                                  See what that looks like.

                                   

                                  We will be watching for your results.

                                   

                                  ATR

                                  • 14. Re: 16:9 widescreen format question
                                    poke01 Community Member

                                    Yes, I believe it's 4:3. It's off my iPhone. Interesting enough for what it's worth... if you use the front facing camera on the iPhone 4 you will get 640x480. If you use the rear facing camera you get 1280x720 with HD quality. Others probably knew that but for those who are reading this and didn't, hope that helps.

                                     

                                    I used the front facing camera so I recorded in 640x480. I will try your suggestion tonight and see how it comes out. Thanks again!

                                    • 15. Re: 16:9 widescreen format question
                                      A.T. Romano Community Member

                                      poke01

                                       

                                      My iPod Touch 4th generation's camera does the same as you are describing for you iPhone 4.

                                       

                                      Camera

                                      Back

                                      Videos are 720p (1280 x 720 @ up to 30 frames per second)

                                      Photos are 960 x 720 pixels

                                       

                                      Camera

                                      Front

                                      called "VGA quality"

                                      Videos and photos, 640 x 480 pixels

                                       

                                      We will be watching for your results.

                                       

                                      ATR

                                      • 16. Re: 16:9 widescreen format question
                                        poke01 Community Member

                                        Well the video is up and it looks good. Looks the same as the other one I edited. I didn't edit the audio, I just put part of the video up to see how the screen looked. Now if I use the rear facing camera on the iPhone 4 with 1280x720 and HD quality, do I need to make adjustments to my project preset that I just set or will it work the same?

                                         

                                        Thanks again for all your help. This video editor program is fun.

                                         

                                        Here's a temporary link to view the video.

                                         

                                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCz4T8ywarA

                                        • 17. Re: 16:9 widescreen format question
                                          A.T. Romano Community Member

                                          poke01

                                           

                                          Looking good. The 1280 x 720 should be even better.

                                           

                                          The Premiere Elements 12 project preset for this 1280 x 720 (720p) should be

                                           

                                          NTSC

                                          AVCHD

                                          AVCHD-LITE 720p30

                                           

                                          Best do the manual setting of that project preset.

                                          In the Premiere Elements 12 Expert workspace

                                          File Menu/New/Project

                                          In the New Project Dialog set for the project preset above.

                                          Then before you exit the final dialog in that area, be sure to put a check mark next to

                                          "Force Selected Project Setting on This Project"

                                           

                                          When back in the Expert workspace, use Add Media/Files and Folders/ to bring your

                                          video into Project Assets. From Project Assets, drag you video to the Timeline. You should

                                          not see any black borders in the Edit area monitor.

                                           

                                          Thanks for the follow ups with the good news.

                                           

                                          ATR

                                          • 18. Re: 16:9 widescreen format question
                                            poke01 Community Member

                                            I followed the above instructions and when I imported the video it came out perfect. The video covered all black borders with out having to stretch the video. Now once I am done editing and ready to upload to YouTube, what is the YouTube preset that I should use?

                                             

                                            Thank again!

                                            • 19. Re: 16:9 widescreen format question
                                              A.T. Romano Community Member

                                              poke01

                                               

                                              Great news.

                                               

                                              For your 1280 x 720p30 Timeline, lets go with

                                              Premiere Elements 12

                                              Publish+Share

                                              Social Websites

                                              YouTube

                                              and the Presets = High Definition Video for YouTube - 1920 x 1080.

                                               

                                              We will be watching for the results.

                                               

                                              Thanks for the follow ups.

                                               

                                              ATR