I have a HDD Camcorder (JVC) which records in Widescreen 720x576. My problem is that PRE thinks the videos I add into it are in 4:3 but they aren't. And so the video is squashed, and there are the 2 vertical black stripes either side of the screen to fill in the space. How do I tell PSE that the videos are in widescreen?
JVC MOD files are a strange breed and have a set of problems uniquely their own.
The easiest way to "unsquash" the video is to right-click on the clips (on the timeline or in the Project panel) and select Interpret Footage.
And I hope it goes without saying that you MUST have Premiere Elements set up for a widescreen hard drive camcorder project!