And certainly it wouldn't hurt to start out with my Basic Training for Premiere Elements tutorials at Premiere Elements support site Muvipix.com.
And, of course, if you really want to know the program inside and out, there is my Muvipix.com Guide to Premiere Elements, available on Amazon and at the Muvipix store. It;s much easier than asking one question at a time, since it will likely answer ALL of your questions.
Thank you for your responses. Here's what I'm trying to figure out:
I think it's a good idea to plan backwards -- meaning, knowing my final output, I should set my camcorder and PrE8 settings accordingly. I don't want to end up with unnecessarily large files at the end which will only cost more money and longer download times.
I know my final output will be for the web and it will be HD. My video player on my site is 576x324.
Looks like my Canon HF200 has two settings for HD: MXP which is 24 Mbps and FXP which is 17 Mbps. They both seem to record at 1920x1080. Then there seems to be other settings but they're SD.
My first question is what should the setting be on the camera - considering my final output?
The second question is about the frame rate. Looks like Canon's default setting is 60i. I manually changed it to 30p. Is this the right way to go or leave it at 60i?
I understand from Steve's previous comments that I should convert the footage to HD from AVCHD before importing it into PrE if I don't want to render it in order to be able to work smoothly.
The next question is what setting should I choose for my project considering my final output and the footage coming in? Currently, I was choosing AVCHD at 30 fps and then in the final output I going down in pixel size. Is there a better way to do this?
If your final output is 576x324, it's not hi-def, Sam. In fact, that's an even lower resolution than standard def (720x480).
Anyway, since we're working backwards (which is the smart way to do it) what format does your video player play? Does it play DVDs? WMVs? MOVs?
That will determine the output settings and format.
Again, thank you so much for your response.
I actually upload my videos to a video service that I have an agreement with who converts videos to the final output which is H.264. They let me upload videos in all popular formats such as MOV, MPEG, even FLV and WMV. Obviously, I need to keep the input file high quality so that we can prevent GIGO.
Here's the video pixel sizes coming from their site:
HD: 768x576 when not played in full screen
Why not give them an MP4?
You can do that by sending them a Share/Personal Computer/MOV and using the H.264 preset.
Here's another piece of information that may be pertinent: I saved my final output as an 720 MPEG which produced a 1.2 GB file for a 9 minute video. Does this sound right or is it too large a file size?
Yes, I can do that. If I do so, their system would not convert the file which is not a bad thing at all as I'd be preventing yet another conversion.
Yes. That file size would be about right.
Output an H.264 MOV and you should get excellent results.
So based on my final output, what should be my camera setting? Does shooting at the highest setting in the camera (24 Mbps) inflate the final file size?
I see some HD videos on the net e.g. YouTube. Even though the video size is not full screen, they look crystal clear. They have a lot of detail which is what I'm trying to achieve here.