Where are you checking and unchecking Scale to Frame Size?
Checking and unchecking this option in the Preferences will not affect the video or photos already in your project.
To check or uncheck this option for an individual clip, right-click on the clip on your timeline and, under the Clip sub-menu, check or uncheck Scale to Frame Size.
I am using the "Clip" sub-menu in the timeline to uncheck it.
I just noticed that after unchecking it, the preview does show the clip zoomed in if I click into any part of the clip but don't play it. But once I play the preview, it goes back to the scaled view. And then when I stop playing, it goes back to being zoomed in again. But once I click on "Render", the preview will show the scaled view regardless if it's playing or not.
I don't know why that would happen, bkark. It's certainly not been my experience with the program.
Thanks anyway Steve.
So I tested out Premiere Elements 15 today and it worked perfectly. Now I guess I need to decide if it's worth it to upgrade just to get a bug fix.