The answers are in the details, and you have not yet given them.
What version of Premiere Elements and on what computer operating system is it running?
What are the properties of the original file
Interlaced or Progressive
Pixel Aspect Ratio
Video and Audio Bitrate
What are you doing now -
a. manually setting the project preset to match those properties (File Menu/New/Project)
b. allowing the project to set the project preset based on the properties of first file dragged to its Timeline?
What are the details for your export -
Apparently you want to upload to YouTube. What is the estimated file size and duration of the Timeline to be uploaded?
If the file size and duration exceed the Premiere Elements built in YouTube feature limits, you cannot use the feature even if you have an extended time YouTube account. Then, it is export Timeline content to file saved to the computer hard drive and from there upload of the file to YouTube at the YouTube web site using your extended time account. AVCHD.mp4 works well in this regard.
Please consider and supply the above information, and then we can give you very detailed information for what you seek.
Thanks for your reply.
Apparently you know about the export settings under the Advanced Button of the Presets = 720 x 480 16x9 29.97.
But, after that, I need a lot more detail, since you talk about best possible quality export, have a 1920 x 1080 video source and appear to have set a 1280 x 720 project preset.
At the onset, there is no way for a Windows Media export to match what looks like huge bitrates for video and audio.
Advanced settings max
Video Bitrate 10,000 kbps (kilobits per second)
Audio Bitrate 440 kbps (kilobits per second)
Compare those with what you show
Video Bitrate = 702258 kbps
Audio Bitrate = 1536 kbps
From what you described in the first sentence of your thread description....
1. Project Preset = NTSC DSLR 1080p DSLR email@example.com (this is assuming that your 1920 x 1080 has a progressive frame rate).
2. Export Settings for your Windows Media Choice
Presets = 720 x 480 16x9 29.97
3. Under the Advanced Button/Video Tab
If there is a chain link in the box to the right of Width and Height, click on it to remove it so that you can type in 1920 and 1080.
I do not think that you need the max 10,000 kbps, but explore and experiment.
Under the Advanced Button/Audio Tab
Here I have the audio bitrate at 440 kbps. I have doubts if you really need it at max.
I am not sure what you are going to do to the video audio sync once you start adjusting the video and audio bitrates to the Premiere Elements what is.
Please review and consider and give more detail.
Any questions or need clarification on anything written, please ask.
Thank you so much! I am going to start exporting the video with new settings. I'll get back to you once it finishes.