Are you using any MP3 Audio in your SlideShow? If so, I would convert those to PCM/WAV 48KHz 16-bit. You can do this with Adobe Audition, or even the free Audacity.
Also, instead of Exporting to WMV, why not use the Send to Premiere Elements, to save the quality loss with the WMV compression? If you need to do additional editing in PrE, you can use Break Apart to do so.
Thanks for the guidance. I am just learning my way around PSE and PRE. Fun but frustrating!
I think that I have a tip, that might make it ALL fun. Our tireless MOD, Steve Grisetti, has done a series of articles in his Basic Training and his Learning Series, available on Muvipix. He also has written several books on PrE, and one on both PSE and PrE.
He steps one through the entire process, from shooting, to Capture, to editing and finally Export to many different formats. Along with the concentration on PrE (and PSE), he offers some great tips on shooting, and also on setting up one's computer for video-editing.
I cannot recommend anything more highly.
Thanks a great deal. I am thoroughly enjoying working with my digitals and
composing our travels into slide shows. One of my main frustrations is that
I am shooting very high quality material and can burn blu ray but it seems I
am loosing considerable quality in the process. Any thoughts will be
Some good red wine never hurt either.. in fact it makes things considerably
When you set up your HD/BD Project, you will have a set Frame Size, probably 1920 x 1080, or 1440 x 1080. Now, back to your still images. You will want to Scale them to very near that Frame Size. Unless you need to do Pans on a completely Zoomed out image, I would Scale to exactly the Frame Size in your Project.
PrE will Scale for you, with either the fixed Effect>Motion>Scale, or Scale to Frame Size. Do NOT let it do so. The Scaling algorithms in an image editing program, like Photoshop will be much better, and you also have more control. This is a case, where bigger is NOT better. This ARTICLE will give you tips. Note: it was originally done when DVD was the standard, and SD material was used. The initial figures are for that material. You are doing HD/BD Projects, so just bump up the Frame Size to match your Project.
I find that the Bicubic Smoother algorithm works best for most images. It is available, along with Bicubic Sharper, in Photoshop, and probably PSElements.
Good luck, and hope that this improves the image quality,