Adobe Media Encoder CS4 is causing me a lot of problems. I edit in D1 (720x486) with a Matrox Axio system. In previous versions of CS, I was able to export a finished timeline to DVD with a minimum of hassle, but AME now won't resize the image to 720x480 correctly. I have even tried the cropping function in the source window, cutting 2 lines off the top and 4 off the bottom. Basically, I am giving AME the exact 720x480 image I need, but AME still resizes it. The resulting image has thin black pillar lines at the left and right side, and is unusably blurry. Is there any hope of this being fixed?
>The resulting image has thin black pillar lines at the left and right side, and is unusably blurry.
I can't address the blurry problem because it sounds as if you are cropping correctly.
However, the thin pillar lines at the sides are as designed. Pr and AE have, for a long time, been using an incorrect PAR value for non-square pixel footage. Those values have been corrected according to BBC standards, and the result is the pillar lines that you see. Expect them to stay hidden in the overscan area of televisions.
And no, I don't know why the BBC standard was chosen, nor what other choices for a PAR standard were available.