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Black borders are caused by a mis-match between the source footage and the Project Preset.
What are the full specs. of that Panny footage, and also the Project Preset.
Usually, it's just a matter of picking the Preset to match the footage, but sometimes, PrE can miss the flag, for the PAR (Pixel Aspect Ratio) in an SD Project, though the source footage and the Project do match. In that case, the solution is to go to the Project Panel, Rt-click on the Clip(s), and choose Interpret Footage. This forces PrE to use the correct PAR.
Did you use Premiere Elements to capture this video over a FireWire connection?
Also, this cam records in a number of formats. Have you ensured that you've shot all of your footage in 60i/29.97 fps NTSC or 50i/25 fps PAL and not in some more professional mode?
This is, after all, a $3000 professional camcorder. There's only so much you can do on a $79 consumer editing program.
Rookie question: Where do I find these specs??
I did 'interpret footage' and it slowed it right down. Eeek!
Yep captured in Elements over Firewire. Is that a problem?
As far as I can tell, it's recording 50i/25fps. It's got "progressive mode" off.
On closer examination of the project, looks like Premiere is interpreting it as
4/3 and then including the black bars top and bottom. Perhaps the "widescreen"
mode isn't true widescreen... just black bars across the top and bottom of a 4/3
Premiere is interpreting it as 4/3 and then including the black bars top and bottom. Perhaps the "widescreen" mode isn't true widescreen... just black bars across the top and bottom of a 4/3 picture???
Unfortunately, this is one way that some cameras produce a "faux widescreen." I am not saying that yours does, but a few do.
If that is the case, then the only viable options are:
- Leave the black bars
- Do a Scale, for the footage, and then effectively crop off some top, and/or bottom
What is the make/model of your camera? Maybe something in its specs. will define how it produces Widescreen. If not on the Web site, does the manual give any additional info?
Ok so I found the specs.
Image size: 720x576
Pixel Depth: 32
Frame Rate: 25.00
Pixel Aspect ratio 1.0940
(this is 4:3, isn't it?)
Project settings are similar
The camera is a Panasonic AG-DVX100BE. Read through the manual. Couldn't see any
mention of how it produces widescreen.
For PAL, Widescreen has a PAR = 1.422 and PAL Standard has a PAR = 1.066. Hope that helps.