Did you get an answer in one of your other threads? I have not been able to read all the threads the last couple days.
Your 1280 x 720 is not widescreen just because it is that pixel size, but because it is that pixel size with square pixels.
Normally Encore gets this right by looking at the information in the file: it interprets 1280 x 720 as square pixels and makes it wide screen when transcoded. It does not matter what your project setting is; it depends on what the interpretation is. If Encore gets it wrong, right click on the asset (not the timeline), and select "interpet footage." Then click the "conform to" button and change it to the correct setting.
I don't know what you mean by "a menu play videos at different aspect ratios." A videos aspect ratio is not determined by the menu but by its own Encore setting.
Thanks Stan, Thanks for your inputs.
I did get the answer from other other thread. You told me using automatic transcode would make Encore automatically adjust video qualities trying to fit everything on DVD.
Back to my question here, you answered my question. I toke the timeline away. Convert my video to the orginal. Righ click on it and select "Interpet Footage". Instead of square pixel, I pick SD NTSC 0.9091. After this file is transcoded and convert to timeline, I play this file again from my menu. Yes, the video now fits within 720 x 480 dimension.
Thanks for your help on this.
Actually I don't really need to conform the video to 720 x 480. I can leave it played at wider aspect ratio too. This lead to my last question, "a menu play videos at different aspect ratios."
If I have different videos at different pixel dimensions, it's still ok to play from menu. They all look at different sizes. Unless I make them follow the same aspect ratio in Interpet Footage. I think this's how I understand the situaiton now.
I think you said it correctly, but just to be sure:
If the video for a timeline is widescreen and Encore sees it correctly, and you look at "interpret footage," it should say "Use the Asset's Par: [what Encore thinks it is - e.g. SD NTSC (0.9091)]."
it's not the case. if I import the video to my project panel, and check "Interpret Footage", it says "Use the Asset's Par Square Pixel 1.0". That's why my video is displayed wider than 720 x 480, unless I change "Interpret Footage" to SD NTSC (0.9091).
Don't mind about this. As long as there's an option "Interpret Footage" to change.
Thanks for telling me about this.