Do you have any idea which codec your software is recording your AVI to? Most codecs used by screen capture software don't digest well in most editors.
You can check by opening the file in Media Info or G Spot.
And, if you're not using a codec that's compatible with the program, you're not going to get good quality out.
That said, how are you viewing the video on your computer? 640x480 or 1920x1080?
And which settings did you select when you set up your Premiere Elements project? It doesn't matter if you're recording your video at 1280x1080 -- if you're editing it as standard def video you're only going to get a 640x480 video out the other end.
How do you plan ultimately to use your video? That willd determine the best format for output.
I have used the same settings as my original video and it still is no where near the quality.
Can you give us the details of your Source Footage, and your Project's Preset, chosen at the time of New Project?
The answer might be in those details.
Editing Mode - DVNTSC 29.97 fps - 720x480
D1/DV NTSC widescreen 16:9
g spot tells me the video codec used is tscc audio is PCM
Source video is AVI 1280x800
I plan on using the encoder to make the file small enough to post it on to my website for my students. I'm sure I'm leaving out information - when I try to use these forums - I always realize how little I relly know - thanks for you assistance.
OK, you have HD-light material, in an SD Project. That is a problem to start with. The Project should match the Source Footage 100%.
The 1280 x 800 is a very odd Frame Size. What camera, or program produced that footage?
I am not familiar with the TSCC CODEC. Is that TechSmith from Camtasia, or similar?
Then, you are going from HD-light to SD, so the quality WILL take a hit there.
Please let us know a bit more, and good luck,
I use SMART Recorder to create a video from my screen. Not sure on the CODEC.
I will try to set to match my source footage and see if that helps. What is the best preset to use for HD-lite? My head is starting to swim once I start looking at all of the different settings.
What is the best preset to use for HD-lite?
The best is one that matches the Source Footage 100%. Unfortunately, with that variation on HD, I do not think that PrE, even PrE 10, will be able to come close. PrPro, however, does have the ability to do Custom Sequences (think a bunch of mini-Projects inside of a Project), and one can match odd Frame Sizes, FPS, etc.. I was hoping that PrE 10 would have Custom Presets, but it did not show up. This limits PrE to standard Frame Sizes, which is not what most video screen capture programs offer. Your footage does not match to any real HD-Lite Frame Sizes, so you will still have the same problem.
It does appear that your program, while different than the TechSmith Camtasia, does use the TSCC CODEC. This will give you a bit more info. Also, though you do not have Camtasia, or CamStudio, I think that the article, that I linked to above, might be of use.
Now, what options does your video capture program offer for output?