we are opening this discussion for a customer of us and Premiere Elements 2018 is not supportet by Adobe itself...
The customer want's to cut a video in 16:9 with PAL material recorded by a DV-cam on SD-Card. (File info below)
Every single video viewed in varios players (Windows Media Player, Win10 Movie & TV, Media Player Classic, etc.) has the correct aspect ratio 16:9 with no bars.
Is the video importet in Premiere Elements 2018 (version details see below) he get's a 16:9 project with a 4:3 and bars left and right (see screenshot below).
We tried to manual set the project settings and "Force Selected Project Setting" - same result with every Setting...
Martin Ecker (SCHAUX eU)
If you have not, can you open a test project in Expert mode, import a single video clip and slide it to the timeline. It "should" set the project correctly.
Can you install MediaInfo, open one of the clips, change to Tree view and post a screen shot?
We already tried to create the project this way. Seen in the screenshot "Neues Projekt", with automatic and all kind of forced settings.
Every time the same behavior.
Below the MediaInfo screenshot...
Look under the program's Edit menu. What is listed on the General page under Project Settings?
It does not look like your Premiere Elements project is set up for a 720x576 video.
If it is properly set up, right-click on a clip in your Project Media panel and select Interpret Footage. Experiment with some of these settings.
Finally, it looks as though, when you started a new project, you forced your project settings on it. Try starting a new project without selecting the Force option and add your video clip to it. The program may do a better job of automatically selecting your project settings.
Project Setting is correct set for 720x576. Auto Select Settings does a 4:3 movie Project.
Looks like the correct project settings but
Elements is not seeing the widescreen flag probably because they are mod files.
Go into the interpret footage a see what aspect ratio is selected; correct if necessary.
BTW dont put a project in users but rather in Documents if there is no dedicated A/V drive.
The Interpret footage was the key!
For other users with the same problem:
- Start a new project (settings in my case - PAL DV Widescreen)
- Force Selected Project Setting
- Switch to Expert Mode
- Import ALL needed media
- Mark ALL imported media
- Right click: interpret
- Select - PAL Widescreen
Now you can move your media to the timeline and it is shown in the correct ratio.
Thanks to all Helpers