Sorry, I forgot to mention that I'm working with an mp4 file. Not sure if that changes anything.
I'm not clear.
Your iniitial post implies you are working with standard resolution DV footage, while your follow-up seems to indicate you are working with MP4s.
What kind of camera or camcorder is your video coming from and which project setting are you using in Premiere Elements?
Note that, per the FAQs to the right of this forum, many non-standard video formats (such as video from still cameras or Flip camcorders) need to be converted before they can be editing in Premiere Elements.
Thanks for your response.
My project settings are DV NTSC. I'm not sure what kind of camera the video was filmed on; I downloaded one MPEG4 from here:
Another file that's having the same issue is an mov. file that came from a Canon HV30--downloaded from here:
Thanks again for any help you can give.
We really need to focus on one format at a time, AK.
What kind of camcorder are your MP4s coming from? We can't help you until we know.
If you don't have that available, you can download a program called G Spot. It will give us specs on the videos format and codecs.
For the mp4 file:
Video Codec: avc1
Name: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC
Status: Codec Status Undetermined
In this case you should be using the AVCHD project preset for stereo audio.
There are two options: One for 1440x1080 anamorphic video and one for 1920x1080 square pixel. If you select the correct one for your video, you should be able to output (using one of the default outputs) a 16:9 video.
I do have some concerns about G Spot indicate that the "codec status" is undetermined. That could indicate a proprietary codec, like the ones Flip camcorders use -- in which case you may have some problems using this video natively in Premiere Elements, as I indicated earlier.
As I've said, it's much easier when we know what type of device this video originated from.