Can you post a screen capture of your interface?
Can you post a link to the video posted online so we can see what you're seeing?
BTW, when you started your project, did you ensure it was set up for AVCHD 1440x1080 video? (And can confirm that all video is from an AVCHD camcorder?)
Here's a screencap of my interface, although I blurred out the video preview section (it doesn't contain anything relevant anyway).
I would like to avoid posting a copy of the video if I can help it - I doubt my actors would be too pleased with me posting them around the internet.
As for the project settings, when I first imported the clips Elements informed me that my project preset was incorrect for the clips and automatically picked one to fit them, so I'm sure that that's all set up fine. All the footage is from the same camcorder, except for a splash screen image, of the correct resolution, which flashes up at the end.
I have used assets of the same format previously and with no isses.
>I'm sure that that's all set up fine
Maybe not... you have red lines over your timeline, which may indicate a project/file mismatch... or, at the very least, shows you need to render
The red lines changed to green with a quick render after pressing enter. The main problem still persists, however.
Also, I forgot to add - I tried inserting another clip before the broken section. The start of the video stayed black for the same amount of time, then the clip I had inserted before the broken section was played, and then the clip directly after the broken section was played, carrying on from the end of the section before. It was as if the renderer had shunted the broken section to the start of the video, in front of the clip I placed before it.
I also tried removing all added effects to a clip within the broken section. No change.
EDIT: Another note; the render seems to be inserting about a second of blank footage black into the start of the project, before even the music starts.
I found a solution by grabbing all the clips in the project and dragging them about 3 seconds into the timeline, leaving a few seconds of black space that I can cut out easily.
It's not easy to see from your screen cap -- but I'm not seeing any of the cropping you've described.
The video fills your 16:9 in video frame.
There are two clips layered on top of eachother. The cropping of one reveals the other.
Anyway, the problem appears to be fixed now, so it doesn't really matter
Any solution that works is a good solution! Great news!
I just though I would add a little more, because I am still getting a minor problem. Although all of my footage is now rendering fine, Premiere Elements appears to be adding a few seconds of blank footage onto the start of the video file it produces. It doesn't really affect anything, but it would still be nice to find out how to prevent it to keep video timing concise.