As I say in my books, Frank, you shouldn't need to manually change the frame size in Share area. If your project is set up to match your original footage, then one of the standard output presets will give you good results.
In fact, modifying the presets usually results in a "letterboxed" video with black bars above and below or to the right and left.
Are you saying your original video came from a miniDV camcorder? Is the video 4:3 or 16:9? Which project setting did you use?
Thanks for your quick response, Steve!
I need to change the frame size to size down for web. But if I keep aspect ratio this shouldn't be a problem.
In fact I tested keeping original size, too, but same result: with bars (FLV 720x576).
My original video is from a miniDV camcorder, DV-PAL, 720x576, 4:3, 25 fps and works fine in different tools (like VirtualDub). Everything is okay during editing in PrEl.
My project settings are: DV-PAL, 720x576, 4:3, 25 fps, too (cannot change these settings). Only export to FLV/QT/WMV is always a problem. I tried with HDV video, too. Same problem.
(I updated to 7.03, but no change - as expected.)
What happens if you Share/Personal Computer/WMV and use the standard Cable Modem preset?
With that footage and those settings, you should not get a letterboxed video.
But, if you do, please post it to a site like YouTube or, better, the free Gallery at Muvipix.com (They don't re-encode videos, so we can see it at full quality) so we can have a look.
I posted two videos on muvipix.com:
WMV cable modem settings PrEl (without audio, fps like original)
Strange: in VLC media player there are bars on the left and right (and slight faded bars on top/bottom - hope you can see) and in muvipix.com and Media Player Classic there are bars at top/bottom
FLV (no resize, without audio, fps like original)
black bars on top/bottom, but only slight in Media Player Classic
I had to deactivate sound because this is Creative Commons stuff and I don't want to give credits. And I changed fps to "like original" because 30 fps as standard in PrEl is wrong. It's PAL here.
Thanks for your efforts.
And you say you're using miniDV video, captured by Premiere Elements, in a DV-PAL project and one of the standard, non-modified WMV output presets under Share/Personal Computer/WMV?
If that's the case, I've no idea why you are getting letterboxing. Though it is barely noticeable on the clips you've linked to.
Yes, miniDV (Panasonic NV-GS11), DV-PAL-project, standard-profiles in share (except I changed fps, see above - but I tried it with standard 30 fps, too, and it is the same).
But I did not capture with Premiere because I really miss batch-capturing here. Can't work without.
So I captured the same video with same camera again with Premiere and it is the same.
In my target scenario, FLV, it is quite noticeable (the video is smaller in muvipix). But I need really clean results, with sharp edges, in every case.
I think I have to stick with my workaround (neither ffshow export works), buy another software or use Cinelerra under Linux again. Too much time on this problem.
Thanks for your help!
Just for the records:
- I tried to edit c:\Programs\Adobe Premiere Elements 7.0\Plug-ins\en_GB\Interpretation Rules.txt (or similar) which contains aspect ratios and offers custom ratios (http://help.adobe.com/en_US/PremiereElements/7.0/WS09e4b3c48f3a79fc19b622510385d4355c-7f91 .html), e. g. a ratio of 768/674 instead of 768/720: PrEl Preview window expands the picture but export is the same (sharp black bars).
- I tried "Interpret Footage dialog box" (clip list>right click on a clip) and used square pixel/NTSC: the picture resizes but the same black bars.