Where are these MPEG2.avi clips coming from? Please give the brand/model/settings of the camera that recorded them.
Please verify the properties of these files in a free properties readout program such as gspot..
Our interest is in
interlaced or progressive
file extension (I have my doubts about ."AVI files (mpeg2)
pixel aspect ratio
We will be watching for your details and then decide what next based on your reply.
The files came from 2009 from a JVC Everio hard disk camcorder. I have no idea about what you mean by compression but the info on gspot says: DVD "VOB" format, MPEG2, Sys Bitrate 10080 kb/s VBR, 29.97, 720x480, sar 1.500(3:2), par 0.889 (8:9) dar 1.333 (4:3)
Discovered that they are MOD and not AVI
My raw original file says MOD but after I import it into PE and read the properties of the file, it says AVI, that's why I mentioned AVI before. Why would PE say it's AVI, when it's an MOD file?
We have a lot to sort out here. Your information has been very helpful but still some gaps.
1. When you look at the file on the computer hard drive (before it ever see Premiere Elements, what is the file extension, .mod or .avi?
2. When these video were originally recorded by the JVC camera, were they recorded as mod 4:3 or mod widescreen 16:9?
3. Mod standard and especially Mod standard widescreen have been highly problematic for Premiere Elements (any version). Is there any chance that you or someone else could have been trying to convert these files to something else and that the something else might be the problem now?
4. Would it be possible for you to post a screenshot of the Properties readout that you get for the file when you right click its thumbnail in Project Assets and select Properties?
There have been two classical remedies for .mod file
a. standard or standard widescreen, rename the file extension from .mod to .mpg before file import into Premiere Elements
b. for mod standard widescreen, use Premiere Elements Interpret Footage to correct the 4:3 look for the intended 16:9 video
More on those matters later.
We will be watching for your follow up.
3. Never been converted or attempted
So, just changing the file extension from mod to mpg works?
If you know for sure that you have .mod standard 4:3, then, at the hard drive save location, rename only the file extension of the file from .mod to .mpg. Then import that MPEG2.mpg file into Premiere Elements 12. Do a manual setting of the project preset which will be NTSC DV Standard.
Open new project.to the Expert workspace
Go to File Menu/New/Project and Change Settings
In the Change Settings dialog, change the project preset to NTSC DV Standard
Before you close of that area, in the last dialog, the new project dialog, put a check mark next to "Force Selected Project Setting on This Project"
Then back in the Expert workspace Add Media/Files and Folders/Project Assets from where you drag your MPEG2.mpg to the Timeline.
Did that work?
Add On..Two of the major hangups with .mod has been the file extension and the 16:9 flag of the standard widescreen version.
That worked, thanks for the insight...
Thanks for that great follow up news. Great job also.
Continuing success. and please do not hesitate to ask if further questions on this or other Premiere Elements workflow matters.