I have captured a screen session in WMV format and brought it into Premiere Elements 7.
I add stills and effects to the transitions and then share it. If I share it as a WMV file, the ScreenCam piece of it remains the same size the size of the screen I captured. That is, the ScreenCam piece fills the whole video box. If I save it as any other format (e.g. Flash or Quicktime), the ScreenCam piece of the video becomes much smaller and is bordered by black letterboxing both vertically and horizontall.
Here are the details:
Capture Software: MS Expression Web 3 Screen Capture
Window captured size: 646x696
Encoded as WMV by MS Expression Web 3 Encoder
Premier Elements Project settings: HD1080i
Shared with custom settings with a 646x696 resolution.
Is there any way I can get Flash and Quicktime output without shrinking and letterboxing the ScreenCam piece?
Why is the WMV format ouput treated so differently than the other output formats?
You should convert the video to DV-AVIs before bring it into Premiere Elements. There's no advantage to using WMVs as your source footage, and there are a number liabilities to doing so. Especially if it's got a non-standard frame size.
I'm not sure what to tell you except that, if you're planning to edit video from that screen cap software in that video format and at that frame size, Premiere Elements is definitely not the program to use.
it's going to give you nothing but headaches.
Which video screen-cap program are you using?
This ARTICLE might offer some tips, if you are using Camtasia, or CamStudio.
If something like FRAPS, then I would do a Search of this forum, as there are several useful threads on handling that material.
I agree with Steve, that working with WMV's is not the best workflow. If your program does not allow capturing to another, better suited format, then conversion WILL be the best course.