You put all of your question into the subject line. Can you reply again, and put in your full question?
Please define the question in order for us to help you.
What version of Premiere Elements, what computer operating system? Or, are you asking about Premiere Elements before purchase to consider it for use for your project?
The nature of your project is not clear...
a. From what I have read, the DN 60 appears to be a field recorder....you say that is giving you "anamorphically compressed"...what does that mean in terms of video properties of video compression, audio compression, frame size, frame rate, interlaced or progressive, file extension, pixel aspect ratio? Are you talking about HDV 1440 x 1080 HD anamorphic 16:9? With that type of file, a 16:9 flag is supposed to stretch the frame size from 1440 x 1080 4:3 to 1920 x 1080 16:9 for display after encoding.
b. What is chraomakeyer...when you talk about 16:9...is that referring to a monitor resolution in a computer system or something else? Example of 16:9 final product display (Display Aspect Ratio) include DV Widescreen, 1440 x 1080 HD anamorphic, 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720.
Please consider and give question and details. If you have any questions about the questions above, please do not hesitate to ask.
Hi Mr Romano
Many thanks for your suggestion of clarity.....So...for some years I have been putting together small systems for recording a chromakeyed presenter in front of a reflective screen ...this for various productions .
Up to now the end recording has been aimed at 4:3 ratio tv audiences many types of software have been used that fit into the presentation category......win 98,xp, vista and now 7 have all been used
The output has com from a variety of camera/chromakey/recorder combinations with svhs/digital recorders taking in the combined image.....however with the advent of 16:9 format the requirement now is for wide screen production but still a demand for 4:3 .........outputting 16:9 from the computer is no problem.......this feeds into a DVK200 chromakeyer which will still give an output of 16:9 on on a wide screen monitor....however the signal then goes into an ADVC 110 and is output via firewire to a dn60 card recorder....it appears that it is here that the problem of compression comes in.......I should mention that the camera is also set to 16:9........I was informed that with Prem Elements, right clicking on the imported track will give you the option of maintaining the shooting ratio..ie 16:9 but I would like confirmation of this ......Most broadcasters say the their playout software has no problem with anamorphic compression
and also that at this time they are happy to deal with 4;3 ratio using black bars left and right....however I would like to be able to include the ability to use 16:9 as well with a simple software solution.
Thanks for the follow up with additional details. Since I have not used any of the devices mentioned, I have been trying to do some homework on the equipment that you are describing. I will get to that in a moment.
What I can address are some basic principles and Premiere Elements and 16:9 video.
Video, such as DV Widescreen (16:9) and 1440 x 1080 HD anamorphic (16:9) depend on its 16:9 flag to instruct the player to stretch the video to a format frame size with display aspect ratio (16:9) after encoding. In the case of NTSC DV Widescreen with frame size 720 x 480, that stretches to give 872 x 480 16:9; and, in the case of 1440 x 1080 HD anamorphic with a frame size 1440 x 1080, that stretches to give 1920 x 1080.
Now we are getting to the part which I believe is what you were told, that is,
..I was informed that with Prem Elements, right clicking on the imported track will give you the option of maintaining the shooting ratio..ie 16:9
I believe you were being directed to the Interpret Footage option in Premiere Elements. It is looked at and adjusted in the project media section. In Premiere Elements 11 through 14, the area is in the Expert workspace and named Project Assets. It is not altered on the Timeline track level. In Interpret Footage you might be able to alter Frame Size and Pixel Aspect Ratio that the project has read and interpreted for the file on import. Your settings might not be completely successful and may need some scaling adjustments on the file taken to the Timeline in the editor portion of the program to get rid of traces of black borders.
Now I need to circle around. When the project preset is set at file import, it directs the program as to what format space to offer you in the edit area for editing purposes. If you have 1440 x 1080 HD anamorphic 16:9, you are not going to get 1440 x 1080 as that space. The space will be the "display space" of 1920 x 1080.
So, when you are trying to force your video into a 16:9 by changing the Pixel Aspect Ratio, the goal is for a fit into that 1920 x 1080 space without black borders.
The success or failure of Interpret Footage is going to be depending on how Interpret Footage interprets the footage in the first place. There is another story there with regard to the Premiere Elements .mod widescreen issue. But, that is for another time.
Concerns...if you start with feed into the DVK200 Chromatkeyer, what are your chances of maintaining any transparency at import into Premiere Elements after it has gone through the ADV110/DN60 route?
Please consider, and then let me know if any of the above is relevant to what you seek.
Many thanks for persevering with my problem ......after your last comments I believe I am beginning to see the light/pixels especially with the Prem/elem screenshot, I am however a bit of a dunce when it comes to pixel sizes.....am I right in thinking that.......having set my computer to 1920x1080 and noting that the image appears as it should on my 1920x1080 screen, setting up my camera to 1920x1080 and my scan convertor to 1920x1080 and verified that in each the output on my 16:9 monitor is correct, then passing and combining the the two streams through my chromakeyer and then to my ADVC 110 and checking again that the SVHS image is still 16;9 .....the lateral conversion occurring during the process of recording on the CF card via the Data Video DN60 will quite likely be corrected by utilising the functions of the of the Interpret footage section in P E that you kindly provided.
thank you again for spending your time on my problem.
happy new year
Thanks for exploring the comments. Appreciated.
The 1920 x 1080 has a frame aspect ratio of 16:9 by way of its 1920 width in pixels and 1080 height in pixels. So, no 16:9 flag as part of the file for use to stretch the 1920 x 1080 to 16:9. The file is a 16:9 one already. With correct project settings in Premiere Elements, there should be no need for Premiere Elements Interpret Footage unless there is a problem with Premiere Elements interpreting the import after going through the route that you described. The choice of 1920 x 1080 would appear to be the preferred choice with the most likely probability for success.
Depending on your setup and plans (immediate and future), be aware that Premiere Elements editing includes green screen keying for the Timeline import of the green screen image.
That 1440 x 1080 has a frame aspect ratio of 4:3 by the file includes a 16:9 which is there to stretch the 1440 x 1080 to 1920 x 1080 for display after encoding. In Premiere Elements, the principle is to have the project settings matching the properties of your source video. In the case of a 1440 x 1080 HD anamorphic 16:9 source, that import principle remains. But, it is recommended that the export for that Timeline 1440 x 1080 content be one described for 1920 x 1080, not 1440 x 1080, to avoid the dependency of player recognition of a 16:9 flag.
The above is an assortment of comments...at this point, I am not sure if your path will be without glitches. You could explore running through your plans with Premiere Elements 14 tryout incorporated in them.
Best wishes for success in your projects and best wishes for the new year.
Dear Colin/A T Romano
It would seem that like me you are chained to the computer...thanks again for your advice .....downloading P E trial as I type......will let you know what success I have.
all the best