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Have you tried applying an effect in Premiere to create the pixelation?
Mosaic with a fairly-high block count might work for you. Perhaps also with a blur.
Another way is, much as you mention, to put the source clip in Sequence 1 and scale it down to, say, 10%. Then place Sequence 1 inside Sequence 2 and scale it back up again. That will have the effect of pixelating and blurring that you seem to want.
There is a problem with that. I have not tried mosaic, as I want the pixelation to be natural, not some kind of permanent square boxes on the footage. I will be doing an video enlargement of different pixels, having a boxed effect is not what you see in normal poor quality video.
I tried the second way, but CS3 does not allow me to enlarge it by more than 200% of the original size. a 50x50pixels will only get at best is 100x100pixels. Thats what made me move onto WMM in the first place. There is a big black frame around the video where the areas which you could not get the original footage bigger than that 200%. I have tried with different video resolutions, seems that the 200% resizing is a software limitation.
I know the idea of the limitation is I would not get any kind of "viewable" video, but thats what exactly I want. Also even though it appears pixelated during editing, after rendering, CS3 still "smooths" out the box effect for me.
Well, on my PC/CS3 system I can get up to 600% scale increase and it does an excellent job of pixel blurring from a 20% image up by 500% in Sequence 2.
If the maximum available from one pass isn't enough for you, just nest the process another time - ie scale down Sequence 2 in Sequence 3 and then back up in Sequence 4.