Are you sure that you are shooting in Widescreen format? I shoot in widescreen 99% of the time and have never had a problem with Premiere Elements 3 or Final Cut Express.
If you are sure you are shooting in widescreen, try right clicking on the file in the Available Media and select "Interpret Footage". That should do it. David http://www.davidhowellstudios.com --- In email@example.com, "Nox Dineen" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > I use Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 followed by QuickTime Pro (and sometimes a > freeware converter called Super to make videos for MP3/iPod players). I just > switched to shooting in widescreen, and had some trouble getting Elements to > accept it. > > I was able to change the default options for new projects to widescreen. No > problem, the new project opened with the little video placeholder frames in > the sceneline view set to 16:9 ration. But when I tried to add a clip in > widescreen format Premiere squished it into 4:3 and added black bars at the > side. :( > > I managed to get the clip widescreened (I can't seem to find the menu option > that I used, now that I'm looking for it). But the video quality is > terrible. I know I changed something to do with pixel ratio, and based on > the lousy output quality I have to believe that was the wrong way to do it. > > So... anyone know how to get Premiere to believe me that my 16:9 clips > really are widescreen? > > Many thanks, > Nox > > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed] >