Which project settings are you using for your Premiere Elements project?
Also, is your video squished looking, or does it appear letterboxed? And how did you get the VOB file from the DVD into your computer?
It all makes a difference, Tony.
You might want to take a look at this ARTICLE in the Tips & Tricks sub-forum. It will give you some background and point up possible issues.
As for your instance, I'd follow Steve's advice on your Project Presets - they must match your source footage. If something is not Importing, as it should, my first move would be to use Interpret Footage, to correct any PAR (Pixel Aspect Ratio) problems.
Firstly - I am on a vertical learning curve here. The settings I have used
1) DV - widescreen 48hz
2) Hard Disk widescreen
3) Also tried HD settings
The video looks "squished"
I imported via the media tool directly from the DVD. The DVD was copied for
my hard drive video recorder on which I had recorded a TV program. It is
I believe it is the settings I am using - but which ones?
Hope you can help
Would you mind going throughthis in a little more detail?
How do I interpret footage?
I have had search for the article you mentioned - haven't found it yet.
Thank you for your support.
Steve - attached is the properties for the file I am trying to import. I obtained this by going File>Get Properties for>
When playing this file from the DVD it plays in the correct screen format.
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In the Project Panel, you can Rt-click on the Clip and choose Interpret footage. There, you can change things like Frame Rate, PAR (Pixel Aspect Ratio), and can also change how an Alpha Channel is used, should your footage have an Alpha Channel.
It can be useful, especially with regards to the PAR. Since Frame Size is the same for NTSC 4: 3 & 16:9, except for the PAR to display "regular," or WideScreen.
Good luck, and do check out how well your machine handles the Menuing functions. That is where many DVR's and VHS to DVD, plus much software deviates from the DVD-specs. Because the first .VOB contains Menus, as well as the first part of the MPEG-2 stream, it is usually where problems will arise. This is covered in that article. With programs, such as Adobe Encore, the DVD's first .VOB WILL be 100% DVD-compliant.
Oops! My bad. In my hurry to get to an event, I did NOT attach the link to the ARTICLE. Here is it in proper form. Sorry about that, as the link should have been in my previous post. This should be what I had intended.
I did not mean to temp you, and then deny you the link - mea culpa, mea culpa,
Thank you Bill. I have right clicked on the clip in the project panel - taken a guess adn changed the screen size. Don't totally understand what I have done - but it works! Many thanks.
As a by the way - the TV clip I am editing is of a friend of mine who donated blood (only 5 in donors in NZ with this type) to save a baby in the womb. The baby is now born and what a very satisfying donation. My freind will also appreciate your help.
Glad that it worked, and sorry that I did not get that link attached. I am not good at multi-tasking, and it shows.
In your case, your material is PAL, and not the NTSC that I was talking about, but you found the proper settings for it. It was not until I had posted, that I realized the PAL aspect. Still, it's about the proper PAR, regardless. Though Frame Sizes and the individual PAR's are different, the concept is the same, NTSC, or PAL.
Good luck, and thanks for reporting success.