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I don't understand the question.
I think that rather than rely on the the output panel, you should do a
short test encode to see how the media displays.
Soitenly! I can also create a video, if you want.
Here's the Source window:
Notice the image fits in the frame and there's no need to scroll.
Now here's the Output window:
The image doesn't properly fit in the frame, and notice the scroll bars (circled in red) necessary to view the whole image.
This is an extreme example. Sometimes the output is only about 10 or 20 pixels narrower and shorter, and I just ignore it.
Maybe the PAR (pixel aspect ratio) is coming into play here?
Could be. But can you think of any reason the aspect ratio would be different for the source and output?
Your output has added black on the left. What are your export settings here?
Bob, look at your source screen again; you are cropping the image.
I'm not sure that is your ultimate problem. If that doesn't fix it, list all your project, source clip, and export settings.
>can you think of any reason the aspect ratio would be different for the source and output?
If NTSC DV-avi is your source, it's most likely that you have PAR = 0.9. I think .flv's are always PAR = 1.
Try setting your output pixel size to 648x480 (720x0.9 = 648).
The cropping looked deactivated.
Dag, thanks for catching that. My laptop screen is dark, but it should have occurred to me.
Bob, I do think you should provide more info regarding the settings, including project, source clip, and export.
The "full screen" flv preset is 640X480 (and yes square pixels). Use the preset NTSC Source to 1024 kbps. What do you see now?
Oh frack, I think I'm starting to see the problem. Staney, it's a good thing you suggested that I look at all my settings. The source is an mpeg of 1.0 PAR that's 640 x 480 (about 40 min. at 25 fps), but the frame size of my project is 720 x 480. This was easy to miss because the monitor window doesn't show the video inside a larger stage, even when set at 100% view. I haven't done any stretching, scaling or cropping.
So if I set the output to 640, the Media Encoder's preview shows only a small difference in size, rather than the large difference in the screen shots I made.
The mpeg is a rip of a DVD program, which I would think should be 720 wide, not 640. I did my own rip, so I'll have to look at those settings, also. Oy. This might explain why the output is kind of blurry.
I'll create a new project at 640 and try to import my assets and hope I don't have to re-do too much. I really have to watch my settings.
So much for exporting a decision list. Premiere crashes every time I try, even after rebooting and emptying temp files. Maybe 4 processors and 4 gb of RAM aren't enough. Here's another shout-out to Adobe's Quality Control.
> The source is an mpeg of 1.0 PAR that's 640 x 480... The mpeg is a rip of a DVD program, which I would think should be 720 wide, not 640.
You should have ripped to 720x480 par .9 DV AVI Type 2 - that will make PPro happiest.
You can try to salvage your work, but I think you are best off to re-rip.
See this Wikia FAQ: How do I import xyz format files?
It includes this link regarding mpeg.