After two hours of sifting through help, forums, etc. I've yet to find a solid answer to what I'd think would be a simple / common problem. I am evaluating Elements 7 for purchase & this is the crucial element, so I'm posting.
I have a Panasonic VDR-D300 camera. I shoot most of my video in 16:9 widescreen. PE7 easily imports the video into a project set up for just this (Widescreen 48kHz preset for Hard Disc Camcorder) but it's coming up as full screen with vertical black bars at left & right.
So, the question is: How do I best import this video in order to preserve the widescreen aspect ratio?
Thanks, Paul... but I don't have that option when I right click on the clip. It does appear in the file pulldown menu but is greyed out. I'm currently using a Trial version of Premiere Elements 7. I have purchased the software & it's on the way. I don't know if that option is just disabled in the demo or what. I'll look when I get the full installation done.