I believe that PE7 only shows a rough representation of your video in the monitor window to maintain performance. This may improve if you render the video by pressing the enter key. It should not effect the final output quality. I have the Canon G10 but dont use it for my video.
Video from non-traditional sources, like pocket "webbie" (Flip) camcorders and still cameras needs a special procedure before you use it in Premiere Elements, per the FAQs to the right of this forum.
Thanks Steve. I'll try out the converters and see what difference they make.
fwiw I did an audio mix for a Tai Chi video my wife made with her G10. She's the one who noticed the loss of quality. Her testing with iMovie08 on her Mac did not degrade the original, so I began to asssume it was a PE7 issue. For now she's just taken my audio track and grafted it onto her original video using iMovie ad it looks as good as the original.
I'll pop back with a report of any success.
That doesn't surprise me, since iMovie uses MOVs natively.
The only MOV codec that Premiere Elements uses natively is the DV codec.
But converting to DV-AVI should make a big difference!
You'll get even better results if you buy Quicktime Pro from Apple ($29). Not only is it a great converter, but it also natively edits MOVs.
As has been pointed out, the Program Monitor in PrE is but a preview. However, the display can be "improved" upon. If you Rt-click on the Program Monitor, and choose 100% (or 200% for critical work), and then view a Rendered Timeline, you will get a better display. By default, the Program Monitor is set to Fit, and degredation does take place. I usually work at 100%, and go to 200% (you will have to scroll around) for critical work. If I have any concerns, even looking at the Timeline at 100%, I'll either output to a DVD RW for viewing on my TV, or will feed my Program Monitor through my FW deck to a CRT monitor. Do not recall if PrE allows the FW out to, say a video camera hooked up to an analog CRT monitor, but PrPro does.
BTW - I edit .MOV files fine, though all of these were created with the Animation CODEC. This is what I specify, when clients, or designers are on the Mac, and I need their output on my PC.
I got QuicktimePro to cut to the chase and apparently use "the best convertor" for MOV files. The AVI it creates is still noticeably fuzzier when viewed in Windows Media Player compared to the MOV version viewed in Quicktime.
It's fuzzier before bringing it in to PE7:
Here are the QT-Pro export settings I used:
(Didn't see a frame size listed)
Export as Movie to AVI
Compression DV/DVCPRO - NTSC
Motion (fps) -> 29.97
Compressor Quality -> Best
Scan Mode -> Interlaced
Aspect Ratio -> 4:3
Is there perhaps another 'export to' format that would be better?
Perhaps an 'export to' format from iMovie?
Or are we left with the reality that Apple uses a secret sauce (Applesauce <g>) in its MOV format that can only be appreciated in their own viewer?
It's more likely that the DV-AVI that Quicktime Pro produces is interlaced (as it should be, since you're planning to edit it in Premiere Elements) and that the fuzziness you're seeing is Windows Media Player de-interlacing it for display on your computer. (Computer screens, as you probably know, are not interlaced while most TVs are.)
When you export your final movie from Premiere Elements (after using that DV-AVI as your source) your results should be excellent.
Thanks for that. I had not considered the Interlaced vs Progressive issue - DUH!
To test this, burn a DVD RW* as a test, and play that on your TV via your set-top player. How does the material look there?
* the reason to TEST on rewritable media is to keep from burning "coasters." This is NOT for delivery, but only to test.