This would be a very simple question, were you using PrPro, as you would just choose the Desktop Project/Sequence Preset, and then adjust your Frame Size to 640 x 480, to match your source footage. PrE does not yet have the Desktop Preset, with the easy customization of the attributes. Now, PrE 9 has the ability to make a choice of Preset, but I'm not sure that it has added a 640x480 Frame Size. Others can possibly correct that statement.
If you were Exporting/Sharing to FLV, that format has the ability to Crop in Export (at least in PrPro's version), but that is the only format that I can think of, for Cropping in Export.
I'm at a loss as to how best to handle that footage, but maybe others will offer an easy solution.
What type of a camcorder is this video coming from?
When you start a Premiere Elements project you must select a project preset that matches your source footage.
Premiere Elements 9 includes a project preset for 640x480 video from DSLRs.
Ah, thank you Steve for that information. I was unaware that even PrE 9 had a 640 x 480 Preset. Glad that I hedged my bets!
Thanks for the input. I know my question is elementary, but how can I
change the project preset setting? When I open a new project and go to
Edit > project settings, I don't see how to modify the standard
720x480 that exists. Can you give me some guidelines? If it helps, I
can tell you that the videoclip I am trying to work with is a
quicktime movie that is already on my desktop. The original footage
was shot 18 years ago on videotape, then digitized about 15 years ago
and later processed using Premiere 6.0. I now need to adjust some
sound on these old movies and because 6.0 no longer works on the newer
computers, I had to buy 9.0 elements.
PRE does not allow you to easily change those format settings. Some people have directly edited the .prel file with mixed success. Those who perhaps have done so much work that they really don't have the time or patience to redo have used a third party commercial clipboard manager - Clipmate. You can create a new project with the correct settings and use Clipmate to copy and paste from the old to the new.
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If you haven't actually done any editing yet, or don't mind re-doing what you've done, you could open a new project, and on the dialogue box you will find a Change Settings button below the bar that shows you your current default setting; choose what you want, import your video and you're all set to go.
If your imported video doesn't match the the project settings, the first one you add to the timeline/sceneline should give you a prompt asking if you want to change the project settings to match - at least, that's the behaviour I get. Accepting results in a suitable adjustment.
As I said, the 640x480 project preset is located in the DSLR preset folder.
That is, if I'm reading it right that your video is 640x480 from a DSLR or still camera.
If not, what kind of camcorder is it coming from?
OT here, but what happened to your avatar. When I see the yin/yang, I think that it's VDOSurfer!
Now, if you could just get rid of that dude on the left...
I was beginning to think that my coffee was just not kicking in.
Thanks for the info,
Thanks to everyone who responded by my question. I learned from each
of you. Steve, I did not find the 640x480 preset when I looked before,
but I found it this time. Problem solved! I have over 770 clips to
modify and you just saved me a lot of time having to redo them all.
Good news Sandra, and thanks for reporting your success!
Good luck, and happy editing,