I'm an Encore beginner.
I think this question has been asked before, but all answers don't work with my question. I have a 16:9 clip(1920x1080 422HQ) which I want to use on my Blu-Ray dvd. There's no HD to SD issue here. Everything is HD. This is a motion clip I want to use as the background animation for the Blu-ray menu. The project is set to 1920x1080 full HD Blu-ray. So why I'm getting two thick black bars on the left and right? I'm not looking at it in Preview, only in project view.
Also, when I preview it, why it looks so grainy? The preview is not in 1080p full HD, it also has two black bars.
This is menu view with background video added. There's nothing else. Buttons will be added to the black bar later. Pixel size of the menu is same as project size: 1920x1080. The background video is also at 1920x1080.
I have to assume you have an error in one of those factors. Either your menu or your video is not the right pixel size. It could be par, but I'm not sure it would make such a small difference. I don't see another explanation.
It is set to Blu-Ray. That's the first setting Encore asked me when I started a new project. I went with Blu-Ray.
Aside from the black bars problems. I still don't get why my menu look so granny in both project view and preview. It's nothing close to full HD.
Forget how it looks inside of Encore. Those viewers are not meant for judging quality, only verifying content. You need to burn a disk and watch on a properly calibrated HDTV to properly judge quality.
As for the black bars, if you are sure that all is 1920 x 1080, with PAR of 1.0, then the most logical conclusion is that the black is part of the image.
It turns out that I need to create a menu by importing a 1920x180 PSD instead of creating a new manu within En(command+M). I can add a motion background as normal after the PSD imported as a menu asset. That solved the problem, black bars are gone. Thanks guys for all the help!