Do you know the attributes of your source video? Frame size, frame rate, Field order, codec used?
You need to know this to create a matching sequence to edit in. Then exporting is a matter of function: What do you want to do with the export?
The source video is coming directly from my camera.
I selected recording mode:
Frame size: 1280 x 720
Frame rate: 30p (29.97 fps)
Field Order: Progressive
Codec: The manual says "Video clips conform to the ISO standard MPEG-4 AVC/H.264"
None of the default export settings match this exactly so I've been picking H.264 first then changing frame size and frame rate to match the source video. One setting that puzzles me is at the very bottom called bitrate and it's on sliders.
I just want to be able to cut and paste the source video in Premiere the same way I do in the camera without loss of quality or making the file size much bigger. The camera can do it so I know it's possible.
The Sanyo uses it's own implementation of a MP4 wrapped codec, so it may require a conversion to another format before it can be edited by PR. Look on the Premiere Elements forum because I think there were some posts on how to convert it to something editable.
You are correct. There are probably three Sanyo threads, that are quite recent. IIRC, the OP's got enough info to be able to Import the footage, and edit it. I do not recall if it needed to be converted first. A Search for the Sanyo and then filters for the PrE forum, should find those.
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