It sounds like you're trying to edit video from a DVR. If so, you'll need to identify the properties of your video files.
Open one of your files in G Spot or Media Info and post to this forum the resolution, frame rate and audio and video codec that it displays.
Hey Steve! Thanks for your help! Here's the info so far. I'm working off a Mac so I couldn't get GSpot loaded. Anyhow, here's the info so far. I'll post more as I get it...
I'm shooting with a Sony Handicap. DCR-DVD405
Quick Time shows 720x480. The file runs fine. Elements shows 540x480- Left and right edges are clipped off.
Quick Time shows Standard Definition, NTSC 16x9, Dolby 6 channels.
Elements shows: 540x480, Frame Rate: 29.97, Audio 48000Hz Compressed 6 channels, 32 bit floating point, Pixel Aspect Ratio 1.1851
That's it for now. I'll try and dig up more info.
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So Steve, if you're the only one that works with me, Great! I appreciate your help! Talk to ya' in a bit as soon as I dig up more info on this dizzy thing.
A little more info...
Video Compression Format MPEG2
Video Signal NTSC color, EIA Standards
Effective Movie 4:3 Approx. 2,050,000 pixels
Effective Movie 16:9 Approx. 2,060,000 pixels
That's pretty much all I could find. So any ideas/ help is appreciated.
Is this a DVD camcorder, Mike? If so, how did you get the video from the DVD to your project?
The preferred way to do this is to finalize the disc in the camcorder, put the DVD in your computer's DVD drive and then use Premiere Elements' Add Media/From DVD Camera or Computer Drive to rip the video from the DVD to your computer and project.
I don't recommend getting video from a DVD camcorder over a USB connection.
Using the Add Media/From DVD Camera or Computer should not only copy the video to your computer at full quality but it should also automatically set up your project to match this video's specs.
Yes, this is a little DVD Camcorder. I can't get the DVD directly in the Mac as it's one of those drives that sucks the DVD in. The DVR takes little mini DVD's. I just tried again and it wouldn't suck it in.
For past vid's, the way I would bring things into the program was via the USB to the Mac HD. After finalizing the DVD, I'd make a file on the desktop and copy the files there. Then select, add and open in PE. I'd add a file with the .vob extension.
I had tried your suggestion of "Add Media from DVD," but nothing ever happened. Some rollover buttons wouldn't allow me to use them and that portion of Elements just didn't appear to work? So I wasn't sure what was going on? I'll try that part of the import thingy again and get back.
Just tried the PE video importer again. The DVD disc is seen on my desktop from the DVR, and it's even seen in PE. PE then says to use the video importer, I click that button, and there's where it stops. Video Importer won't recognize the DVD on the desktop?
One more thing... Just pulled the vid into iMovie 09.' And it works fine. Obviously iMovie doesn't have all the bells and whistles as does PE, but I would think if iMovie could pull it off, shouldn't PE be able to do the same?
Can you try following and let me know if it works fine
1. Launch PRE and do File>New>Project
2. Click on Expand Settings ... button
3. Select this NTSC>DV>Widescreen 48kHz preset and click ok
4. Check Force selected Project Setting on this project and then click ok.
5. Now import video clip to timeline
If you video is 720x480 and 16:9, there should be no clippings. Usually what happens is when you launch PRE and drops a video clip to timeline, it creates a project with project setting that is closest to the first clip dropped. If first clip is image and subsequent clips are video, then there might be mismatch.
Please let me know if this does not solve your problem.
Hi Mohannad! Thanks for jumping in. I've tried what you suggested with every preset. And for the sake of answering your reply above, I followed your exact steps again in case I may have missed something in my other attempts... Still no success.
Here's what happens with every preset. As you can see, I'm cut off. Last night, for kicks n' grins, I brought the same file into iMovie 9 and it executed flawlessly. So I really don't get it.
One more thing... I just imported the iMovie project into PE which iMovie made a .mov file of. When "adding" it to PE, the thumbnail view showed the complete width of the screen. When I drag the clip onto the timeline... I get the same clipped ends. Just as you see above. Uhhhhh
Does anyone know why frame clipping occurs when adding media?
My apologies I missed the actual dimension for the footage you mentioned. It is 740 x480 and I somehow read that as 720x480. Still, there should not be any portion of the video that should clip. If dimensions do not match with the project settings, it approximates to the closest one but never clips. Would it be possible for you to share the footage directly from the camcorder with me. I want to try that footage at my end and see if there is workflow issue or there really is a bug or PRE requires some better way to handle footages like these. Even a small capture would be fine. Thanks.
Premiere Continues to Clip Frames?
Hi Ann... Is there no solution? Am I forever doomed by Premiere?
Hi Mohammad. So is this the end of the line for me?
I've looked through other community posts and haven't seen a solution. Apparently from other Premiere users, upgrading to 14 isn't the solution either as the same frame clipping issue occurs with 14 also.
can you upload a clip?
PE 13 Clipping off edges of video? Is there a cure? Any hope? Or am I stuck?
Could you please upload and share one clip with me, maybe through dropbox or any other mechanism. If we get the clip, we will try to see if there really is a problem and if so, what best workaround can be attempted.