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Let's start with the complete details of the source footage, and then the chosen Project Preset (chosen at New Project).
Next, what are the chosen Export/Share settings chosen? There are a lot of options, and the wrong ones can lead to undesireablr results.
With that info, others can see where there might be problems and can make suggestions on how to get better output.
Good luck, and thanks for that info.
Thanks for the instant reply.
I shot my footage with a Canon HD Vixia HG20.
THe video also contains several still images in TIF format.
The project settings chosen were:
NTSC-AVCHD-HD 1080i 30
capture format: HDV
video rendering: i-Frame Only MPEG
Compressor MPEG I-Frame
file type MPEG2-DVD
frame rate 720 X 480
tv standard NTSC
fo windows media
file type windows media
frame size 320 X 240
frame rate (fps) 30
Do you need anything else?
Thank you for the info.
Remember that if one is going from an HD Project, even if it matches the source footage perfectly, when going to an SD output, there will be down-rezzing. First, the SD output will never be nearly as good, as the original HD, and also PrE alone is not the best tool to do the down-rezzing. You might want to look over Jeff Bellune's HD to SD TUTORIAL, though it was produced with PrPro in mind. Maintaining the ultimate down-rezzing is a tricky matter, regardless of the tools and steps used.
Keep in mind that one is reducing the resolution to 1/4 for the SD output. Also, depending on the pixel x pixel dimensions of the Imported stills, there can be a quality loss there too. This ARTICLE addresses some of those issues and offers tips.
I owuld prefer to output to HD quality.
Can you please advise as to what settings to select in order to do so?
What file type do I need to select?
The HD output will definitely be much, much better.
There are two formats, that work very well - HD MPEG, or H.264. Just choose the MPEG (not DV-MPEG), or MOV w/ H.264, and then the matching Frame Size as your Project. The "DV" Presets will limit the output to 720 x 480 (NTSC), or 720 x 576 (PAL).
I do not see those options under the share menu of elements. Do I select disc or computer?
You will need to start with Computer in the Share Tab.
The Disc portion is for either producing a DVD, or BD (Blu-ray Disc).
Are HD export options availbe on Elements 9?
Absolutely. Just do not choose any "DV" Presets, as they are limited to SD Frame Sizes only.
Okay I think I may be on to something now. The camera shots 1920X1080p with frame rate options at PF30, PF24 and 60i (standard). The video was shot with the 60i selected and when I try to save as a HD MPEG-2 I get a very distroted image. I changed the setting to PF30 and reshot some footage. Saved as a HD MPEG-2 and all is well. Now is there anyway I can salvage the original footage shot at a frame rate of 60i I believe, or is all lost?