Thank you for the details of your Premiere Elements 10 and 14/14.1 mod widescreen observations. Yes, this issue does go beyond the .mod to .mpeg file renaming. See ATR Premiere Elements Troubleshooting: PE 13: Serious Problem With .MOD Widescreen Files
Please consider my August 2015 suggested workaround for the Premiere Elements 13/13.1 and 14/14.1 situation
Update...a possible workaround seems to be
a. Set the project preset manually to NTSC DV Widescreen or PAL DV Widescreen
b. Go to Expert workspace Edit Menu/Preferences/General and remove the check mark next to the preference "Default Scale to Frame Size".
c. Import the .mod widescreen into the project with the project's Add Media/Files and Folders/Project Assets, and drag the .mod widescreen from Project Assets to the Timeline Video Track 1/Audio Track 1.
d. Click on the Edit area monitor to bring up the image's bounding box with handles. Click and drag on one of the image's bounding box handles to scale the image to the point where it just fits the space provided in the Edit area monitor by the project preset choice
Please consider and let us know if that worked for you.
thankyou for your prompt response. I have already been to this instruction and followed it carefully but of course it doesn't work because already the file is cropped as soon as it comes in so whatever you do to it thereafter ie dragging boundaries etc it remains in its cropped state. The properties of the file show up as being quite bizarre eg the width and height should be 720 x 576 with 1.0940 pixel aspect ratio and no matter how much you tell the program these preferences beforehand, when you import, it shows up as 540 x 576 with 1.4587 pixel aspect ratio. As I said premiere elements 10 does no cropping. Any more thoughts much appreciated.