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File > Export > Movie > Microsoft AVI (NOT Microsoft DV-AVI) > Lead MCMP/MJPEG on the video tab.
Thank you so much. I was able to select the LEAD codec. By setting the video properties to quality 45% and audio to 44.1 KHz, I was able to essentially duplicate the file size and quality of the original clips.
I spent hours researching this. Canon tech support was less than useless. It took four exchanges for them to tell me the camera AVI format was MPEG-2, which is just wrong!
Rob and Boyd,
Hmm.... potential for playing on a photo frame by using the Premiere Elements export to MJPEG ??
This is interesting information because potentially an mjpeg export could also be used for playing a user created slide show on one of those photo frames. Usually the frame contains the logic for displaying the photos with no optional choices except perhaps which mp3 for the music.
Some of these photo frames accept MJPEG video files: probably so that they can play the video clips from the Canon point and shoots. So if the MJPEGs from Premiere Elements using the LEAD codec can be processed by the photo picture frame, that is a potential method for playing a user created slide show on the photo frame.
I don't know how to predict whether it would be successful because there are so many brands of the photo frames and so little documentation on exactly what video formats they will play.
I have played Canon AVI format files on one of those picture frame displays. Unlike MPEG where there are key frames only at intervals and only the "delta" or change information is sent in between, MJPEG files consist of a series of complete pictures. The only compression is applied to individual pictures, like a JPEG photo file. However, they are much larger than MPEG. At 640 x 480, 30 fps, the files use up 2MB per second. Still, the quality is excellent and suitable for short clips.
Quicktime also has MJPEG. You would want the MJEPG-A format, not the MJPEG-B format. You'll have more Quicktime audio options by accessing Quicktime through the Share route instead of the File > Export > Movie route.
>I have played Canon AVI format files on one of those picture frame displays
I have a Canon A650IS and I am curious - which brand of photo frame and, if you have it available, posting the exact model would be useful.
Also, can you play an MJPEG that you exported from Premiere Elements on that photo frame?
Westinghouse - 8" LCD Digital Photo Frame - Brown/Black Model: DPF-0804
I purchased this unit from Best Buy about a year ago, after extensive research on the Web. The specifications specifically state that it will play AVI and MJPEG. The 8" diagonal screen is very impressive and suitable for client presentations. I gave one as a gift to an avid photography. It's much lighter than a computer for portable use.
Memory cards accepted: SDHC, CompactFlash, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Microdrive, MultiMediaCard, SD Memory, Memory Stick Duo, XD-Picture, Memory Stick PRO Duo
The memory cards slots make it ideal for in-the-field shot reviews when that 2.5" camera screen isn't enough (but AC power is available).
Several buttons on the unit direct which memory card is being accessed, whether video or stills are being displayed, and provide simple selection of photos for slide show display with a few choices of transitions.
The USB interface can be used to download pictures or enable your computer to read the memory cards plugged into the frame (photo files or data).
I have no association with Westinghouse or Best Buy, which appears to be the sole distributor and currently has them on sale for $20 off the usual price.
I forgot to mention the best part: the Westinghouse display is 800 x 600 not the usual 640 x480.
Boyd, thanks for all that information.
>Westinghouse display is 800 x 600 not the usual 640 x480.
Great for the photos. What happens with the 640x480 video from the Canon Powershot camera - is it upsized to 800x600 or does it display at 640x480?
Unfortunately, I cannot remember the if the video display was vignetted or expanded to full screen. I do not have the photo frame in my possession to check.