Has anyone recently tried exporting HD content to FLV in CS 4.1? I shot some footage with a newly acquired Sony HVR-Z5U. The final output was to be a flash video for a website. The sequence setting was 1440x1080i(60i). I exported to FLV large widescreen at 640x352. I kept getting thin black vertical bars on each end. I tried several different settings with the same result - black vertical bars.
Now, I had previuosly done the same process before with DV widescreen footage from a Sony DSR-250 (in CS4 and 4.01). No problem there. So after hitting my head against the wall a few times, I finally thought - "Why not go back to a DV sequence?" So I placed the HD content in a DV widescreen sequence and resized the HD content to fit the DV screen. Then I exported to FLV 640x352 and presto - no black bars!
For illustration purposes, I'll include the web pages:
1. With black bars: http://www.houstonswimclub.com/flash-movies/pearland-tour2.html
2. Without black bars: http://www.houstonswimclub.com/flash-movies/pearland-tour.html
Adobe set the PAR straight in CS4 that's why black bars keep popping up when exporting to a different format or resolution.
To get rid of the black bars use the crop tool in AME.
Thanks for the tip, Ann!