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What device are you using to capture? Most likely you're using a device that does not support the 16:9 aspect ratio or has not been properly set up to do so.
The FAQs at the top of this forum offer the best advice on capturing analog. Most capture cards and lower end capture devices won't interface well with PRemiere Elements or produce files the program can easily edit.
Thank you Steve. Your reply post is very helpful. I am using a Pinnacle PCI 700 board. When using Pinnacle Studio v12, the combination works perfectly for capturing 4:3 or 16:9.
My need to capture old analog video is limited to my collection of old 8mm tapes. Once captured to disk and converted to DV-AVI, PE7 is my preferred editing tool. And since I have a working capture solution, using two applications for separate steps is an acceptable compromise as I work through my old material.
Thanks for your help.
I am having problems with footage captured as 16:9 being imported as 4:3 in v7. The camera is a hard drive version, Panasonic SDR-H50 and the footage plays 16:9 in the Panasonic supplied software but when I import into Premier Elements v7 it displays as 4:3. The project is set to PAL widescreen and the DV footage from another camera is fine and imports as 16:9.
Are there any other settings I may have missed please?
Yours is an entirely different issue, Robert. So it's probably best to start your own thread so there's not confusion here as we try to help J work through his issues.
I am having exactly the same problem as Robert Richards. Clips recorded in 16:9 (PAL) format on my JVC Everio hard drive camcorder show up in 4:3 format when imported into Premiere Elements 7.
Ok, I know I can convert them by displaying them in "Edit", highlighting them, right-clicking and then selecting "Interpret Footage | Conform to DV1/DV PAL Widescreen 16:9". But it is a nuisance having to do this every time. Is there a way of fixing 16:9 as the DEFAULT import setting?