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Those are very strange dimensions for your source video.
What type of camcorder did they come from and how did you get them into your computer?
This non-standard format may be the reason for your quality issues.
Meantime, have you ensured that your Premiere Elements project is set up with the correct project preset (DVD or Hard Drive Camcorder) and that you have rendered the file before previewing it? (When you place the clips on yoru timeline, you'll see a red line above them. Press the Enter key on your keyboard to render the file -- the red line will turn green and you'll see the clip at full preview quality.)
(The images are from a Panasonic SDR-S150 camcorder using SD cards)
This is the issue. It's the strange video size. I just did a set of comparison tests etc.
I should mention that premiere offers to fix "quality issues" when adding the clip to the timeline, I just realised what it was doing....
If I say yes, it zooms into the image slightly to address the slightly smaller original size, so I loose some of the image
If I say no, it uses the original size and exports with a black border at the edges.
Both images don't appear quite right.
In another video editor (Womble MPEG), the video fills the screen and just appears perfect in the right dimensions and exports to DVD correctly too.
Yes, I did selet all the correct pre-sets and it is rendered.
Maybe there is some kind of aspect ratio or something I can set to deal with this properly, although I have a feeling it's not going to work.
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Two other things that can affect what one sees in the Program Monitor, which is really just an emulation*, are whether one has Rendered the footage in the Timeline. If there is a red line above the Clips, just below the Timeline Ruler, hit the Enter key, and the Magnification of the Program Monitor. Rt-click it, and choose Magnification. Change this from Fit to 100%. Now test.
I do agree about those dimensions. First camera mfgrs. tweak their CODEC's, and not their Frame Sizes. I wish that they would stop this silliness.
* The ultimate test of the video is to burn a DVD RW, or BD RE, and test on one's set-top player with the intended target TV hooked up. With SD footage, one would use a calibrated NTSC, or PAL, CRT monitor for all quality decisions, fed through an A-D device via FireWire. With HD, things are changing there too.
Thanks for the feedback.
I had been busy reading Adobes help and search the net and found an answer although I can't get it to work. I'll post another topic with a more relevent heading. You can change the pixel aspect ratio !
Some interesting info on aspect ratios:
It's all in interpretation rules.txt, although my rule doesn't currently work:
# PAL 704x576 to standard DV 720 width (Panasonic SD camera)
704, 576, *, *, * = 768/720, *, *, *
If I understand correctly, Interpret Footage is not working correct for you. Is that correct?
I just had a look at the " Interpret Footage", funciton on the menu, it doesn't seam to help me. It does change the aspect ratio of the frame, but within that frame the video still has sizing problems and PE reports quality problems.
I think I ned to work out the rules file.
There is an existing, recent post, where the user wanted to rewrite that file. You might want to search for "Rules.txt," or whatever the official name of it is. Do not recall if they were able to do a successful rewrite.
Guess that there are a lot of folk using some very non-standard formats, as I do not recall of anyone else needed to edit the Rules.txt file.