Dont forget they can adjust the settings of their DVD player to stretch the video to fill the 4:3 frame of the TV rather than watching it in letterbox. You will get a simlar effect when changing the project... ie stretch the 16:9 video to fill the frame or cut off the sides of the video. Or like the 4:3 TV you could set the content of the frame in PE7 to be letterboxed for the 16:9 video.
There is a way to edit the XML file to convert a 16:9 project to a 4:3 project. However you probably would need to then adjust your content or optimize it for the new frame size before burning to disc.
Anyway once you have completed your 16:9 video and burnt it go to the project folder and find the .prel project file. The .prel project files from Premiere Elements are XML and can be edited with a editor such as Wordpad..
Do a search and replace:
For PAL from:
This works fine for PAL.
For NTSC from:
You also have to clear the rendered files afterwards (from the menu select Timeline>Delete Render Files)
Also, good idea to make a backup of your .prel project file first.
A simpler way may be to output your video from your 16:9 project as a DV-AVI (Share/Personal Computer/DV-AVI).
Then open a 4:3 project and import that footage. Place it on the timeline, right-click on it and select Show Properties to open the Properties panel.
Open the Motion properties and set scale to 133%. (You'll, of course, lose a little off each side of your video.)
Then just burn your DVD or whatever from that!
Yep, certainly a lot, lot easier Steve.
The way I suggest is probably more useful if you start your project in the wrong format and want to change it during the editing process.
Sharing to DV-AVI is really the best option for you. Do reply in case something is still unclear
I tried both methods and, actually both were really easy to do . When I added the DV-AVI file to the timeline and used the Motion properties to scale to 133% (constrained--so both height and width were enlarged), I lost the text I had in the title slide. Then I checked the photos--heads were cut off and on captions under the photos, the last line was missing. (I had enlarged the canvas in PSE and added text.) I tried reducing the scaling to about 80% which would maintain the captions, which may work--though I have black bars, but I sure had black bars in widescreen too--especially on the vertical photos.
My test may not be accurate since I don't have a 4:3 TV set any more. I tried the Sidebar setting on my widescreen TV. It may work better on a 4:3 set--I'll try that on someone else's set tomorrow. I had also put text on some photos and each line on the right side was cut off too. Without thinking I tried to edit it and move it--of course I couldn't because it was "fixed" in the avi file.That's the reason I had asked about editing the prel so I could start the 4:3 project and use everything I had already done in the 16:9 project and everything would still be editable. The draw back on scaling with that method is I have to do each photo individually unless there is a way to batch scale. Is there?
I am going to have to do more experimenting and viewing on a 4:3 set to decide which way works best for me.
Thank you so much for your suggested solutions
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To batch scale on the timeline, scale one photo/slide and then right click it and select Copy. Then Ctrl/click on the other photos/slides (or lasso them) and then right click and select Paste Attributes. All photos/slides will be re-scaled. However.... any other effect/attributes already added to the photo/slide will also be copied to all the others.
Thanks again, Paul. I can't believe how quick you are!
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