Let's start at the beginning. For your initial Project, what are the Imported, or Captured Assets?
Do they match the NTSC DV Project Preset perfectly?
DV-AVI is very lightly compressed, but you should not need to do that, provided that your original Assets match your Project Preset.
As for the 4:3 vs 16:9, it is possible that the PAR settings are either not correct, or that PrE is not picking up on them correctly. When the latter happens, Interpret Footage normally takes care of things.
My initial test was very simple....one video clip from my standard definition
hard disk camcorder....movies were recorded in 16:9.
I used the DV NTSC widescreen project preset for my initial project.
Although the project with the imported AVI file wanted to be a 4:3 project, the dvd was actually in 16:9.
As I delved deeper, I discovered that still images were also coming out blurry "ghosted" going straight from my initial project to dvd but they also look better when exporting to AVI first.
Thanks for your help.
one video clip from my standard definition hard disk camcorder....movies were recorded in 16:9. I used the DV NTSC widescreen project preset for my initial project.
This is very likely part of the problem. You have a HDD camera, and it produces MPEG-2 files. I would test with a HDD Camera Project, and see if things get better. The NTSC DV Project is for use with miniDV tape cameras, where the Capture is done to DV-AVI.
Thanks Bill but I have actually used that preset too only to yield the same blurry results....and, after looking at the project specs between HDD and DV they are exactly the same except one uses lower frame first and one uses upper frame first (although I don't know what that means).
The upper or lower frames setting is very important: it has to do with how PRE9 will handle your INTERLACED footage, and a wrong setting there could result quality problems in my opinion.
I'm confused. The first line of your posts says:
My initial test was very simple....one video clip
Your last line says:
I discovered that still images were also coming out blurry
So is it just video or do you also have stills? If you have stills did you resize them to no more than 1000x750 as recommended here: What resolution should my photos be in Premiere Elements?
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I have done many tests....Some with video and stills and some with just video or stills....all with the same results. I've also tried the other outputs/exports and all are good except going direct to dvd.
I have resized my photos and I have used the project setting for hard disk cameras all to no avail.
The only way I am getting good results is to export my project to AVI and then create a new project with the AVI file to burn the dvd. And, as I said, I get good results going straight to dvd in Premiere Elements 4 using the same settings.
I have this question posted on Muvipix too and no one seems to be able to figure this out. I am positive all of my settings/sizes are right.