Did you hit the Enter key on your keyboard to render the clip.
Yeah. I even deleted the rendering files first. It didn't do any good.
What program are you using to "capture the screen at 1024 X 768 resolution as a 30 FPS AVI"? You may be producing a Divx or another unusual codec.
While you have the file open in Windows Media Player, go to File/Properties and look at what codec is being used.
I'm not sure why you're including Premiere Elements in this equation, but that's probably where the problem lies. Can't you upload the output from your tutorial software directly to YouTube?
It's best to use one of the High Def project presets that have a pixel aspect ratio of 1.0. The non-square ratio presets cause it to look blurred. Also, try turning off the Scale to Frame Size option on the clip on the timeline.
Have you tried exporting to see what it looks like. Sometimes the screen captures look terrible on the timeline but turn out okay when you export them.
One problem with those screen captures is that the distance between key frames is very large. Premiere Elements likes every frame to be a keyframe or every other frame a keyframe at the most.
All the screen capture softwares are recording the video in some specific codec. It shows good quality while palying. The quality would degrade if you import the video editing software.This is not specific in Premiere elements. it shows the same behaviour in all softwares.
Did you ever resolve your issue? I have the exact same problem. I am also trying to create help/tutorials for my software applications and can't get PRE 7.0 to import the video without becoming fuzzy/blocky, just like you described. I opened a ticket and uploaded my videos to see if I can get help but maybe you found the answer. Can you please post if you did resolve it? Thanks.
As we said before, it depends on what video file type your screen cap software is creating and at what resolution.
FLV and SWF files, for instance, aren't supported as import formats for Premiere Elements.
Also, many AVIs use codecs that will not work with this program without problems.
No. I haven't resolved it yet.
"Also, many AVIs use codecs that will not work with this program without problems."
Ok. Could you tell me which AVI codecs will work with Premiere? What settings should I use? Which codecs are available for free(as in beer)?
The DV codec is the only AVI that will always work in Premiere Elements. Most others will not.
(To find out which codec your AVI uses, open the file in Windows Media Player and go to File/Properties.)
I used a program called "Snag It" once to capture the computer screen for an avi tutorial. The default was at 15 FPS and I had no motion issues since I was showing point-and-click menu option. Dropping the frame rate could help especially since it is going to Youtube.
Since it plays well with MS Movie maker and not with PrEl, I would agree that it is probably the codec.
I have exactly the same problem using PremierPro CS3. I have been sent a AVI file which displays a PC program being used. It looks fantastic in Windows Media Player but when I import it into CS3 to include as part of a bigger video project in SD16:9 it looks dreadful. Has anyone found a way to resolve this?
Do you know what DV codec or is there only one?
This ARTICLE will give you some background on AVI (and MPEG and MOV) files, and what can be in them. It will also explan how to use G-Spot to determine what is inside that "wrapper." The data from G-Spot will help others to help you.
This ARTICLE might give you some clues on a workflow with screen-cap programs and editing.
What screen are you using for playback? If it is an LCD with, say, a native resolution (i.e. the exact number of pixels in your display) of 1440 x 900 then either (or both) Windows and your monitor will be making adjustments (to display at 1024 x 768) that will introduce pixellation.
You can often see this effect when visiting non-savvy friends with a super-duper 1920x1200 screen displaying at 800 x 600. They will be eternally in your debt when, with around half-a-dozen mouse clicks, you change the display resolution to a pin-sharp 1920 x 1200.
Your best bet is to actually load your file to youtube and then go watch it as normal in a browser. You may find it looks great.
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My screen is full HD (1920x1080) - I've even tried filming the video off the screen to get in into SD16:9 format!
Thanks to everyone for their input - I'm now experiementing with the various filters in VirtualDub.