once again I apologize...
CS5.5 Adobe Suite
Windows 7 Home Premium – 64 Bit, SP1
Dell XPS 630i - Core 2 Quad CPU @2.40 GHz
8 GB RAM
1 TB Main drive, 1TB secondary drive, additional external storage via USB.
LG Blu-ray DVD burner (model LG-BH12LS35)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 – Monitors 1 & 2 (Mercury Playback engine enabled in CS5)
Radeon HD5600 card for HDTV monitor (connected via HDMI)
Thanks - I checked and you are correct - the mistake I made was when I first imported the video into the menu it played w/o rendering - in fact, when I tried to render the video I was unable to do so. I assumed it was because I had already renedered the video in Pro prior to bringing it into my Encore project. What I've leared is that each time you make a change in your menu you need to render the motion video - which when you think about it makes sense.
I will try and use dynamic link to bring this into AE - maybe now it will recongnize it as a proect w/ layers.
Thank you again.