Despite the fact that we measure television sizes in inches, the only screen measurement that truly matters is its pixel measurement. And all NTSC TVs fall into one of two screen sizes: 720x480 pixels (standard TV) and 1920x1080 pixels (hi-def).
Since you've burned your video to a DVD it is, by nature, 720x480 pixels in size. Doesn't matter how big or small the TV is. The video, in pixels, is the same size. 720x480 can be 4:3 or widescreen, depending on how you set it up.
That said, what do you mean when you say it doesn't fill the screen? Are you saying that it's a 4:3 picture and you want it to fill the screen sideways as welll as up and down -- or do you mean that you're seeing a small picture floating in the middle of your screen?
Also, which project settings did you select when you set up your Premiere Elements project?
Thanks for such a fast reply. When I'm saying it does not fill the screen, I mean when I have the 52" TV set on 16:9, I have a picture 35 1/2" x 20 1/2" with black borders of 5" on the sides and 2 1/2 " on the top and bottom of my picture. When I have the TV set on 4:3, I have a 26 1/2" x 20 1/2" picture with 9 1/2" borders on the sides and a 2 3/4" border on the top and bottom. I am not getting the correct size picture for either the 16:9 or 4:3 TV settings. I had been making slide shows that would play either the 16:9 covering the full screen or 4:3 settings covering the screen as it should be for this setting. I made such a slide show as late at 3-7-11.I That's why I'm really perplexed with the problem I now have.
If it is a new slide show, I bring it into Premiere Elements under New Project. When I view the pictures on the right side of the screen, they all have borders on the sides of them. Thanks in advance for your help.
This is most likely a mismatch between your Premiere Elements project settings and its output settings.
Can you advise me which settings you selected when you set up your Premiere Elements project? And did you use any other than the standard DVD output settings?
The other possibility is that player isn't upscaling the DVD as it should.
Usually, with commercial DVDs, this is automatic. However, sometimes home-burned DVDs don't trigger this feature on a BluRay player and you end up with the DVD showing in about 1/4 of the screen space. Which sounds like what you're seeing.
If this is the case, check your disc player's owners manual to see if there is a manual switch for playing DVDs at full-screen hi-def.
And another consideration on the up-rezzing settings on the player, is how the TV is set to display too - each can have an impact, and it can be negative.
Thank you. By changing the Presets under Burn to NTSC Wide Screen Dulby DVD, I now get the correct size for a 4:3 picture on the TV when I have tyhe TV set for a 16:9 picture. This is a lot better than what I was getting. Actually makes a much sharper picture than when it's spread out and distorted. Will ask my friend who knows a lot more about computers than I do, to help me look at the more technical things. Found forums to be a wonderful service.
I think we have solved some of the problem. When I went to burn the Slide show DVD in Premiere Elements, I changed the Presets under Burn to MTSC Wide Screen Dulby DVD. When I played this slide show on the TV 16:9, the picture comes in as a regular 4:3. This is way better than what I was getting. Actually it is a much sharper picture than when it is spread out all the way across the screen as it is not distorted. I have a friend who knows a lot more about computers than I do, and I will ask him to help me with the more technical things. In the meantime, I'm happy with the size of the pictures I'm now getting. I really enjoy working with Photoshop Elements. I teach Beginner and Intermediate Photoshop classes here in our retirement village. I belong to two photo clubs, and last year started taking pictures in RAW and also HDR. Excellent hobby. Thanks again for your help.
Another thing to consider is the PAR (Pixel Aspect Ratio) of the original pictures
I don't use pictures, but I **think** you can set the PAR of a picture to several different settings, which then make the picture look different on the TV screen
Search the user guide to see what it says about the PAR of a picture
Of course... I could be wrong, and PAR is only for video, not a still picture