Your project settings are based on the first clip you add to your timeline on Audio 1/Video 1. You can try replacing that first clip with your 4k video and see if it automatically updates to these new settings.
That is really pretty much the only way to change project settings in this program.
All my clips are 4k. I did however start my project by creating a title. Would that count?
Your first clip on your timeline NEEDS TO be a 4k clip if you want your project to set up as 4k.
It doesn't need to be a long clip. It can be just a half a second long. And you can even lower the opacity to zero so that it shows up as black on your video and it will be virtually invisible. But starting your project with a title is the reason the program didn't set up to your video specs.
Thanks you Steve, so being my first clip is 4K, and deleting my title doesn't help, there isn't any way to correct this project? On a slightly different note I have noticed a lot of trouble with the auto project settings after I got a new camera (Lumix G7) Last time it set it up as a RED camera (I wish). I guess that is reason enough to always check it before putting hours of work into it, I just always seem to forget about it being it was accurate with my old camera.
I'm hate to say it but you must start over.
Much to my surprise you cannot change much in Project settings once you have begun a project.
Here is a copied and pasted excerpt from Premiere Elements help page.
Check your project settings
Project presets include project settings under three categories: General, Capture, and Video Rendering. After you start a project, you can’t change most of the settings, such as frame rate, size, and aspect ratio. However, you can review the settings to ensure that the media you want to add to the project is compatible.
Here is a link to that page Adjust project settings and presets for Adobe Premiere Elements
One possible option that may save you time is to create a new project with the correct settings and then use ClipMate to copy your edited video from one project's timeline to the other.
Technically, you can't copy video from one Premiere Elements project to another. But many have been able to do it using ClipMate.
Thanks Steve! Btw, I have watched a ton of your videos on Lynda.com which have been a great help getting me started.
Are you saying clip mate will copy the video at it's native 4K resolution even though Premiere Pro has placed it on the timeline and scaled it to fit automatically?
I created a 1080i project like CoryS to see if I could force a change somehow. I placed a 4K clip on the timeline and it was scaled to fit in the preview window. Plus,when I checked it's scale in applied settings it was scaled to 100%.
It be nice to know exactly what the project settings do. I exported my project in 4K and it looks every bit as good as my raw footage. It is the proper scale and resoloution. Both my 4k files and its preset are the same aspect ratio though.
I'm intrigued by this ClipMate program you mentioned.
Are you saying that ClipMate will carry over the edits or will it just copy and paste the videos? How do you place all the files on the timeline on the clipboard so ClipMate can copy them?
ClipMate is listed as a copy and paste extender as far as I can tell? Unless it is marketed under another name?
It looks like you must purchase ClipMate as well.
If you want to just transfer all the media contained in a project than why not just archive the project using Premiere Elements? Open the new project from that folder.
As long as your source footage has a resolution as high as your output settings. Then you should just render your video to 4K and change nothing.
I just loaded a project with project settings of 1280 x 720. It contained a lot of 1280 x 720 footage and I couldn't change the project settings.I placed some new media on the timeline that was 1920 x 1080. Then I rendered the video to 1080p. The 1080p was clear as a bell and had no degradation whatsoever.
Granted, the clips all were of the same frame rate.
I wouldn't re-edit, Use ClipMate or add any extra steps to your project.
You can even change the frame rate or anything else by doing a Custom Export.
In my unprofessional opinion. You're all set. Enjoy
One thing the project settings do is give you a Project default size. Larger clips or images are scaled down to fit within the project dimensions automatically. So I can see some benefits in getting the settings right.