I really am at my wits end with this.....I am in the UK using standard PAL equipment.
I have some MPEG2 files on my PC, recorded on a Hitachi DVD camcorder and a Panasonic VDR-D310 DVD camcorder.
This has been converted through the Panasonic software to MPEG files, sized at the recommeded 704*576 pixels. It was shot as 16:9 widescreen.
Now, I have tried to edit this footage in Premiere Elements 2, which outputs unwatchable DVD's. There seems to be a problem with the field order, as the default "lower fiedl first" gives unwatchable DVD's,
I gave up on editing the footage, but now have a new PC and want to try again. Premiere Elements 2 has been loaded on again and still produces rubbish.
I have dowloaded a trial version of Cyberlink Power Director Pro, and this outputs watchable DVDs. However, this handles the widscreen footage oddly. If I ask it to scan and detect the best settings, it selects 4:3. if I produce a 4:3 disc, the DVD looks distorted on scrren.
If I override it and tell it to produce 16:9, it looks fine on the preview screen, but the DVD watched on the telly is "cropped". The aspect ratio is correct, but the edges are'nt the same - the watermark "trial version" - which is clearly in the top left on the preview - has the top half of the letters off the top of the screen.
I've tried the trial version of Vegas 9 but that seems to be strugggling too with this footage, and can't give a proper looking aspect ratio.
One other problem......I have been told that the standard field order for PAL is lower field first. Both Vegas and PD7 tell me that the footage is Upper field first. When I produce a DVD in PD7, it looks fine played on the telly with my DVD recorder, but is distorted and jerky when watched on my PC using the various players on there.
So several questions......why is the aspect ratio such a problem ? Why the field order differences ? What the hell do I do now ??
Have I got some non standard kit ??