We have made and saved a video in Adobe Premiere Elements 8 and are now trying to save it as a Windows Media video so we can share and save it to a flashdrive. We can save it as a Windows Media video file but the picture becomes distorted "fuzzy" and does not play at top quality like it did in Adobe. Any thoughts on how to correct this problem?
What is your original video, and what are your export settings?
I agree with John. Windows Media files are generally highly compressed and of greatly reduced resolution (usually 360x240 pixels). They make great web videos -- but, in default output settings, they're a bit step down from the original footage.
What do you plan to do with your output video? Put it on a DVD? Play it online? Add it as a clip in another project?
For each purpose, there's an optimal file format and quality level.