Unfortunately, you have done what needs to be done, and once you Scale the footage, effectively Cropping part of it, but filling the frame. As you note, the quality does suffer. As Video is horizontal, the lesson is to always shoot with the still camera in the horizontal position.
It is far easier to Rotate 180 degrees, than it is to Rotate 90 degrees, because of the Aspect Ratio issue.
Sorry to bear the bad news.
you cannot set a custom frame size for video? You more or less have to make the video fit the frame, which is defined when setting up the project?
Basically, that is correct. In PrPro, one can set up a Desktop Project/Sequence, and choose pretty much whatever one wants. One could set up a 480 x 620 Project/Sequence. However, think about the display devices. They are all horizontal: TV's, movie theaters, computer monitors, iPods, etc.. They are all horizontal, so with a vertical Project, you get black bars on the sides.
It's pretty much the same, if one wishes to add a vertical slide to a Video Project. They can Crop to fill the Frame, they can not Crop and leave the black bars or they can create a background for the full Frame Size, and place the vertical image into that. It is all about the math of Aspect Ratios.
Is there anyway to change the frame size once the project has been started?
In PrE, no. In PrPro CS4.x, you can create a new Sequence (think of these like mini-Projects inside of a master Project), and Import the odd footage into it. Still, the above discussion on Aspect Ratio will apply.
Ok, after a lot of work and listening to Hunt I have some info for the lame man or at least this is my interpretation.Adobe Premiere Elements 8 cannot rotate vertical video to horizontal video without cropping it - Period.Windows Movie Maker has an easy Video rotate function under "effects" that rotates the video and does no crop it. It does lose a little quality, mostly sharpness, but not enough to matter for what I did. Windows Movie Maker is extremely quick and easy for rotation.Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 (ApPCS4)will rotate the video to a specified frame size of your choice. ApPCS4 is where I started but I could not get the video to play in the ApPCS4, it would just go to the first frame and sit there while the audio played in the background.So I downloaded GSpot from (http://www.headbands.com/gspot/v26x/index.htm) to determine what codec the avi needs to play. This really confused me since the AVI played in AP Elements 8 and every other video viewing program I have, but would not play in ApPCS4. Either way I determined the AVI needed the MJPG codec, which I downloaded from (http://www.afreecodec.com/codecs/MJPG/).Ok, now I was on the right track.Launch ApPCS4New Project - then OKOn the New Sequence Page I use Dv-NTSC - Standard 32kHzSelect the General Tab at the Top next to Sequence PresetsChange Editing Mode to Desktop - you can now modify the Frame Size (the boxes look greyed out but there are not). I used 530 x 640Hit OKFile - Import - select the video to importDrag Video to Sequence frameMake sure Effect Control is visible, active via Window Pull down menuIn effect control tab, under video effects, select motion, rotation enter 90 deg.Boom, done. No cropping, no loss of quality, just my rotated video I wantedAgain, I am new to this so sorry for the long reply, but this was not easy to do. I hope this will help someone else in the future.
I take it you did not read my responses to these same questions that you posed at another forum.
If nothing else, I took the time to do the gspot check for your video that might have assisted you even if the other suggestions did not serve your purposes.
Be that as it may, I am glad that you have your issue resolved and continued success.