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You need to adjust your DVD player or DVD Player/TV to see it play in letterbox format... ie it is not an issue with the DVD produced from PE4 but probably one of the video setup settings in your DVD player (or possibly TV).
Paul - Thanks for this info, I will check it out. But I'm thinking there must be some setting in the DVD format itself that I'm missing. For example, when I buy a movie on DVD in widescreen format it plays automatically in letterbox on my DVD / TV. I'd like the DVD's I create to work the same. Any thoughts?
Please enlarge the slideshow in Premiere elements to fit the screen then burn a DVD. It should works fine.
Home burnt DVDs from PE do not have the flag that tells the DVD player to change format.
<<Home burnt DVDs from PE do not have the flag that tells the DVD player to change format. >>
I've had no trouble with this. I use PE 4 (and now 7) to cut my demo reel and I create timelines with both full screen video and 16x9 anamorphic video and it plays just fine. This leads me to believe that the coding is in the format of the clip rather than the timeline.
One note - its interesting when you do a disolve between a full screen shot and a wide screen shot (as apposed to a full screen letterboxed shot with black at the top and bottom). The image of the full screen shot starts to appear at the top and bottom of the screen before it is apparent in the image area of the widescreen shot since there is no video there and it is disolving with nothing.
An addition to Paul's comment is that different TV's have programming (usually from their menus) to tell that particular TV how to handle different footage, which is fed to it from different sources, i.e. cable, player or antenna.
So there are three possible levels (footage, player and TV), that can effect what we see.