Just to clarify -- is your project photos or video or a mix? And if video, what camcorder is your video coming from?
Do you plan to burn your video to a BluRay disc? This is the only way you'll be able to view it in true hi-def. Otherwise, you might as well create a standard def project and burn it to a DVD, then let your disc player upscale the image for your TV.
Once we know if you're going to make a DVD or a BluRay disc, we'll be able to make recommendations on your photo sizes (which will definitely need to be down-rezzed to video resolution) and your project specs.
Hi Steve, I meant to say video within the camera. I'm using the photos and the video took by the canon SD600. I will be playing the completed project on a Sony blu-ray/DVD player. Thanks.
The first challenge is that video from these types of still camera records as something called an MJPEG-AVI -- a format that's usually not compatible with Premiere Elements.
The second is that, according to the online specs, the highest quality video that this camera will produce is 640x480. So there's no point in working with this video as a hi-def or BluRay project.
My recommendation would be to first convert the video to a DV-AVI using Windows MovieMaker or Super, using the instructions in this article from the FAQs to the right of this forum.
Then I'd recommend opening a standard DV Premiere Elements project and editing your video. Output your video as a DVD. Your disc player will do a better job of upscaling this DVD than you'll get if you try to up-rez your 640x480 video and output it as a BluRay disc.
Hi Steve, the video from the camera views fine during playback of my project. The photos that I am using for my photos is the problem. Based on my set up described in my original post, will the preset HDV 1080i 30 work or do I resort to NTSC standard DVD setting because the camera's video files are part of the project. FYI: I did burn it as NTSC Standard DVD but the quality of the photos is iffy...some look great...some look grainy...the camera's videos look good. Maybe this is the best that I can produce with the configuration of photos/camera video files?
Have you resized your photos to no larger than 1000x750 pixels at 72 ppi? This is very important.
As I said, you should be using the standard DV project preset. Do not use the HDV preset or you're going to have other issues.
And don't forget, whenever you see a red line above your clips on the timeline, you need to render. Press Enter. When the video is rendered the red line will turn green and you should get a good clean playback.
You will also get the best quality from any photos you place in your video if you right-click on each, select Field Options and check the Flicker Removal option.
This is all stuff I cover in my books, by the way. If you're looking for a one-stop shop for all of the answers!