I have used Premiere Elements – V4 to develop slide shows of family photographs. The slide show was burned onto a DVD. A standard DVD player is used to view the DVD contents on a TV screen.
The slide shows are displayed on the screen in a 4:3 aspect ratio. Since most of the recipients of the DVD now have HDTV, I would like to provide them with a DVD that would display the photos in the new 16:9 format without any distortion (e.g., squeeze or elongation) in the photos.
Can I use Premiere Elements – v4 to burn a DVD with the 16:9 aspect ratio?
If yes, please tell me how to do that.
Absolutely. Just choose widescreen DV as your project settings when you start your Premiere Elements project.
Of course, photos are 4:3 -- so using photos in a 16:9 project means that the tops and/or bottoms of each photo will be cut off. But if that's not an issue, should be a piece of cake.
I did not want to start a new project.
I had hoped to take the existing project that was created with a 4:3 aspect ratio and covert it to a 16:9 aspect ratio (perhaps by changing a setting somewhere) before burning it to a DVD.
Can I do that? If so, how?
Although some users have figured out how to open the .prel file in a text editor and force the property change. Maybe someone will chime in with that hack and it may work for you.