In Premiere Elements 9, when you put your first clip on the timeline and if it doesn't match the project settings, you will be asked if you would like the project settings automatically changed so that they do match. If you say okay, pre will start another project with the correct settings and put your first clip on the timeline. If you don't get that message asking you for a project change, and there is a red line going across the timeline above your clip, then there isn't a project that can exactly match your clip, and you'll have to ask someone what to do. But you'll need to present specific information about your video clip that you can ascertain using MediaInfo utility, http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en, or at least provide the make and model of your camcorder and the camcorder settings you used when you shot the video.
Or you can just tell us what model of camcorder you have and we can look it up online.
The Mismatched Project Settings tool in version 9 works very well -- but you're always better off getting it right manually the first time. Especially if you're working with some non-standard video format.
Awesome...thanks guys for the quick responses! I picked up a Canon Vixia HFR20. I will attempt to check the manual for the format...I really appreciate the help.
I believe I have found it. Depending on what quality I'm shooting in will detremine which setting I choose in Elements. Looks like for the highest quality it's full HD at 1920x1080 and for the lower qualities it will be 1440x1080 both being AVCHD format....does this sound correct?
Thanks for the help.
Sort of. This cam shoots at a variety of quality levels -- but I'd recommend you only shoot in FXP mode if you plan to edit the video in Premiere Elements.
If you do, you will use the AVCHD 1920x1080 stereo project preset.
Then, to move the video from the camcorder to your project, plug the camcorder into your computer via USB and use Premiere Elements' Get Media/From Flip, AVCHD and Camera Video Importer tool.