What are your Project Settings? is your project set up for 4K video? (Look under Project Settings, under the Edit menu.)
When you say "render" do you mean render your timeline for preview or do you mean Export & Share? And if Export & Share, which export resolution and format are you using?
Also, where is this 4K footage from? Is it from a camcorder or a non-camcorder source? That can make a HUGE difference!
When I used the word "render", I was referring to the RENDER button that says : " For smooth, high quality playback, render your timeline."
Where is the 4K footage from?
I bought a SONY 4K FDR-AX33 HandyCam, mounted it on a tripod, and captured a 2-hour voice recital.
I imported the files to my Toshiba laptop. Then I began making my movie with PE14.
I did not go into "Project Settings"... I simply used the defaults.
I would be grateful if you could suggest what I need to do under Project Settings.
EDIT > Project Settings > has 3 pages: General, capture, and Video Rendering.
What information goes where? I don't know what I'm looking for.
Look under General. See if the Frame Size matches the Pixel Dimensions of your Camera
If not start a new project because you cannot alter projects settings once you have started it.
Give your project a name but do not choose any project settings.
Make sure the first clip you place in the timeline is the 4K footage from your camera and Premiere Elements will automatically set your project settings to match your footage.
Thanks, Terry. Those are very helpful illustrations!
But, Victoria, note that the rendering you are doing is merely creating a preview of your timeline. It has nothing to do with your final output. Meantime, go to the General page of the program's Preferences (under the Edit menu on a PC) and make sure your render quality is set to the highest. Then right-click on the Monitor panel and ensure that your viewing quality is set to Highest. This will at least ensure that your timeline render will look as good as your final output.