It's hard to tell what you're doing wrong, Playit.
What model of camcorder did your original video come from and how did you get it into your computer?
When you started your Premiere Elements project, which project settings did you select? (It makes a difference.)
Have you ensured that your Monitor panel is set to "Fit" so that what you're seeing actually represents what fills the video screen?
Can you post a screen capture of your editing workspace?
I'd love to answer your questions but when it comes down to it I don't know
how they are making a difference. I made a video just before this and did
the same kind of adjustments to the video position but I didn't have this
issue. The only thing that I did different from what I'm doing now is I
published that video as Flash. I was not happy with the quality though, and
this video is far more important so I need a higher quality publication
setting, like an HD MPEG.
My monitor is set to Fit as you say, but when I publish as an MPEG the video
screen is no longer WYSIWYG.
Sorry, I can't help you without more information.
I'm also not sure why you're publishing as an 1280x720 MPEG.
If this for online display, there are much better settings, as discussed in the FAQs to the right of this forum.
If this is for display on a television, you're much better off outputting to full resolution BluRay disc.
Sorry I cant' offer more specific solutions.
Welcome to the forum.
When you say,
I changed the size of the video image and moved it towards the left to better position my subject
Exactly how did you Scale and Position the Video Clip in the Project's Frame? Did you use the Fixed Effects>Motion>Scale and Motion>Position, or some other means?
If you could post a screen-cap of your Clip with the Effects Control Panel open, and the Motion Effects twirled open, plus the Program Monitor showing, that might tell us exactly what you have and have done. This should be in Timeline View Mode.
Also, a screen-cap of your result, upon Export/Share, would be helpful.
Thanks for those, and good luck,
I won't be able to send screen caps until I get home - I'm currently at work
- but I can tell you that I adjusted the video simply by clicking on it and
then dragging the corners to change the size, then clicked in the middle to
center my subject. The video automatically kept in scale. I assumed that the
video that was outside the viewing space would be cropped out, which is
exactly what I want.
I hope this is what you you mean. As you can see I have no effects on it. You can see the where the right edge of the image is after I moved it and changed it's size.
This is what it looks like published, with the player window closed tight around the image. You can see the black at the right, video on the left that I had cropped out, and my watermark running off the edge.
This looks very much like a mismatch of source video and project specs.
But we don't know for sure since you still haven't provided us this basic information.