What device did you use to digitize your analog video? This makes a huge difference. If you want the best capture quality, you MUST use a device that attaches via FireWire connection. Lower end USB devices often produce okay looking video -- but not video that's of editable quality.
In fact, open one of your captured video clips in G Spot or Media Info and post its resolution, frame rate and, above all, audio and video codec to this forum. This will better tell us what we're dealing with.
Many thanks for your very quick and helpful reply. I bought a ADVC-55 specifically to capture the video.
I have just download gspot (didn't know this existed) and have opened the whole avi file (not a clip)
Audio info 48000Hz 1536 kb/s tot (2 chnls)
Pics/s 25.001 Frames/s 25.001 Fields 50.00
Pic w 720 x 576
sar 1.250 (5:4) par 1.067 (16:15) dar 1.333 (4:3)
not sure if this info is what you asked for
You appear to be in PAL land, not NTSC... is that correct?
What are you trying to publish/share your video FOR... a DVD or a computer file?
The Elements Tutorial Links Page http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1275830 has several SHARING links that may help
I am in the Uk, I would like to compile the video and then save it in the best quality as a computer file or save it straight to DVD for sharing with family.
It is quality that I am aiming for. I just need to know which file type I should use from the huge list in the drop down menu, there are also
more advanced options which are available and I do not have a clue which ones to pick to maximise the end result.
This type of captured video should load perfectly into Premiere Elements and give you excellent output results.
To output your DVD, just use Publish & Share/Disc and select the DVD option. Your DVD video should look virtually indistinguishable from your original captured video.
Don't worry if that doesn't seem to be the case when you are viewing this video in Premiere Elements. The program may be scaling back the quality of your preview video. But this has no effect on what your final output will look like.
I have some questions to ask and some suggestions to make for your consideration after you have concluded your discussions with SG.
1. Am I assuming correctly that you used a firewire connection for your ADVC-55 capture? And, if so, what did you capture into - Premiere Elements 12 Capture Windows to give you DV AVI Type 2? In the gspot readout (to the left of the dialog), what does it say about the Container.
2. Assuming that you have DV AVI Type 2 (4:3) files saved to your computer hard drive, have you tried
For DVD-VIDEO PAL Standard Format on DVD disc
a. Open Premiere Elements 12 new project to Expert workspace, File Menu/New/Project and Change Settings....Change project preset to PAL DV Standard....before leaving that area, making sure you have a check mark next to "Force Selected Project Setting on This Project".
b. Then back in the Premiere Elements 12 workspace, Add Media/Files and Folders/Project Assets from where you drag you DV AVI to the Timeline.
c. After edits and maybe menu application,
Publish+Share/Disc/DVD burn to disc
check mark next to "Fit Content to Available Space"
Preset = PAL Dolby DVD
Before hitting Burn in the burn dialog, note what the readings are in the burn dialog for Space Required and Bitrate. If the Bitrate is 8.00 Mbps at that point, that is good. More on that later.
For Export To File (AVCHD.mp4)
If you want to export, your Timeline to a file saved to the computer hard drive, please consider
MP4 - PAL DV Standard
If your details are other than that which I assumed, please let us know.
We will be watching for further discussions and results.
1. Using a firewire connection, Yes
Thank you for your advice, in the container it reads as follows
Note: 4.59 GB uneeded bytes at end of file
DV Type 2 AVI
Multipart OpenDMLAVI (5 parts)
(67808 frames in first part, 0 frames follow)
The program is on my computer at home and I will use the settings you have suggested in your reply a,b,c when I get home.
I think the information you have provided is exactly what I wanted help with.
Thank you very much
Looking forward to your results.