On what computer operating system is your Premiere Elements 12/12.1 running?
How did you Save As the PowerPoint slides...jpg or pdf or other?
The answer to the question may be in your answer to that question as it relates to the Premiere Elements Supported Import Formats.
We will be watching for your reply.
I kind of fixed the problem by saving the files as a PNG. I can now import them into my project and resume my work in post. Only thing is though, as a PNG they do not cover the entire frame and therefore need to be sized which causes them to be out of proportion. Is there a way to put a frame of black video under them?
Have you brought in those png PowerPoint slides as 4:3. If you did that and have a 16:9 project, that could account for the png not filling the entire frame in Premiere Elements.
Can you switch your PowerPoint output to a 16:9 slide instead of a 4:3 one?
I am not a PowerPoint user so check me out on this
For 16:9 slide, see Design Tab/Page Setup...I believe that will probably get you a 960 x 540 16:9 slide.
For 4:3 slide, I think that is the default. I believe that will probably get you a 960 x 720 4:3 slide.
Is your video file 16:9?
If you feel that you need black video support for 4:3 in what appears to be a 16:9 Premiere Elements project, see
Expert workspace/Project Assets Palette and its icon Panel Options. Panel Options include New Item which includes Black Video.
Please ask if you need supplemental information for the above.
Thank you for the suggestions, AT. I very much appreciate the response.
We haven't changed the aspect ratio in Elements. We are shooting our video in HD format, so what might the ratio be?
The HD formats typically have 16:9 display aspect ratio.
If you let the project set the project settings automatically, then...
if it did it right for your HD format, then the settings would include display aspect ratio = 16:9
if it did not do it right, it would give you its default setting which has display aspect ratio = 16:9
Under those circumstances, your project settings are for 16:9.