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What makes you think this is an AME bug and not a Vegas bug?
You may well be right.
I thought the Cineform NEO HDV codec was "cross platform". And I seem to recall having successfully used Vegas-encoded Cineform files in PPro CS 3. (My memory could be wrong there.)
I'm speculating that there is a pixel aspect ratio flag that Vegas/NEO HDV places in the file that PPro CS4 isn't picking up.
Has anyone else had success with Vegas/Cineform NEO HDV encoded files in CS4?
Adobe Technical Support confirmed there are problems with some plug-ins in CS4 and this may be why Media Encoder is not picking up the correct pixel aspect ratio. He said version 4.0.1 (expected in about a month or so) will fix a number of plug-in issues.
I'm hoping it will include my problems with the Cineform codec.
Cineform Neo was advised for Vegas, but not for PP. I don't know where the problem may lie, but perhaps that David Newman can help you. I would contact him at Cineform. He gives excellent support and is very quick in replying.
I'm not even sure if this qualifies as a "bug". The only thing at issue (if I understand correctly) is that AME is failing to recognize the PAR of the file. AFAIK, there is no "standard" for flagging PAR in AVI files (aside from DV footage, which can have simple boolean 16x9 flag).
Adobe has their RIFF headers -- but this is by no means a standard across the entire industry. There is no indication that your file contains any PAR information whatsoever.
If you open the file in Premiere, you should be able to right-click on the clip in the Project window, go to Interpret Footage and select the correct PAR of 1.333.
The problem is that the standalone version of AME does not have an "Interpret Footage" option to override PAR assumptions for AVI files, etc. that are added to queue. This is a good idea for a feature request for future versions of AME.