Unfortunately, Premiere Elements does not support the import of most MP4s natively. In most cases, it must convert the file into a usable format -- which results in reduced quality.
However, you can minimize this by choosing a project setting that's as close to the file as possible.
What type of camcorder did this video come from?
I actually recorded the file on webex and then converted it to an MP4
format. I have the option to convert it to window media if that works
better. Do windows media files maintain quality?
WMV files are probably not an any better alternative. Unless you plan to edit your video in Windows MovieMaker.
In fact, it's likely you won't be able to output from your file converter in a format that mimics camcorder video, which is what Premiere Elements is designed to work with.
Is you video high resolution (1920x1080) or standard TV resolution (640x480)? That will help us determine the best format for you to use.
If your video is neither of these resolutions, that will likely lead to further compatibility issues with Premiere Elements.
Also, how and where do you plan to display your final video? That will help us determine the best resolution for your video project.
The video was a computer screen capture from webex that was originally an arp file. Webex has a built in converter that allows me to create either an mp4 file or a wmv file. I'm not sure what the resolution is, how do I determine the resolution?
With regards to final output, I'd like to have a wmv or mpeg file that I can play on my laptop after I edit down the footage.
If you were capturing full-screen, then it should be what your monitor is set to. For instance, if I were doing full-screen video capture on my laptop, it would be 1680 x 1050 pixels.
Have not heard of WebX, but this ARTICLE talks about some other video screen-cap programs. Do not know if anything in there would be helpful, just because of differences in programs.
But do not forget that your video is only going to be a fraction of the size of your screen cap!
Your video will either be hi-def (1920x1080) or standard def (640x480). So you're going to see reduced resolution, less detail and more fuzziness. That's the nature of editing to a camcorder-based video editor like Premiere Elements.
In fact, when I create tutorials for http://Muvipix.com, I always make a point of setting up my screen capture to capture only a small portion of my screen (rougthly 1280x720 pixels, as most tutorial writers do). Otherwise, the program will rez it down to video resolution and you'll lose the detail of your oversized screen capture.
That's good advice.
What type of program would I need to maintain the original resolution of. the screen capture?
Thanks Hunt, I'll check it out
Camtasia does a very good job -- and produces an AVI that works pretty well in Premiere Elements if you deinterlace it.
Though remember, Premiere Elements is primarily designed to work with camcorder video in standard television resolutions. If you're trying to edit something other than 1920x1080 or 640x480, you probably should be editing with another program.
That sounds great... What does deinterlace mean?
Right-click on the clips on your timeline and select Field Options and then either Always Deinterlace or Flicker Removal.
This can reduce issues with some imcompatible interlacing issues in some videos.
I cover a lot of this in my books by the way.