When it comes to weird there are plenty of conditions in PrPro that satisfy that.
Select the clip that the effect is applied to and then look at both opacity\Image Blend and motion (640x360). I've found that strange things can happen there sometimes...
May be nothing, but can't hurt to check it.
I have discovered this is an issue in this instance caused by the type of .pds file I was using as a bg.
It was not created as a 720p (dimension /PAR) but left oversized so it could be scaled and moved around.
When I tried it with a true 720 psd ...no issues. but also no control over scale and motion.
When I export to AME
Why not take advantage of a great new CS4 feature and just Replace with After Effects Composition?
I use the DL function once I lock down the edits and do the proper key and fx in AEFX. on a scene by scene basis.
While I am knocking out the edits,( 8 TVCs with 4 keyed scenes in each) I need to keep the clients and art directors in the picture so send them wmvs and bmps on a regular basis. It is far too slow to go to AEFX for the incremental changes that occur in this process.
Meantime.... it is still inexplicable why the timeline and the source monitor show correct image and the AME out put tab (and the export) are screwed up. There is no way that AME is using the Preview Files otherwise this cant happen.
Its a bug.