Oh yes - System Specs - yet based upon what I'm seeing, I don't think it's a system issue per se.
Windows Vista 64
6 GB DDR3 RAM
AMD Quad Core 3.2Ghz
Nvidia 9800 GTX 512 MB Video Card
Dedicated Media Drive with plenty of space.
The System Monitor in PE is just a "preview," however we might be able to get it to looking a bit better.
Rt-click on the monitor and choose 100% and not "Fit."
For critical viewing, most editors use a FW feed out to an NTSC (or PAL) calibrated CRT monitor for quality checking and color grading. I do not believe that PE allows for this, but PrPro does. One needs to feed out via FW to either a digital deck, or a video camera with passthrough to the composite video and audio feed to this monitor. Even in PrPro, I use the System Monitor and fill a 21" Hitachi calibrated (not an NTSC calibrated monitor) computer monitor and use 100% and 200% to do critical viewing - good, but not as good as it could be.
Hope that this helps,
Yes, try exporting a clip and take a look at it.
Since almost all of my Projects are SD to DVD-Video, I reserve my final judgement for how it looks on my home theater. I Burn a DVD RW and play that to make the final determination.
I've have not used the export function yet, but I'm thinking I could just export/burn to a rewritable Blue-ray as that is the format I would like to use for the final project.
I think I did change to 100% vs. Fit while playing around with the settings. I'll try it again and post my findings.
Could this have anything to do with progresive vs. interlaced or anything related? The video does look good when it's paused, even after it's rendered, yet doesn't look so good while playing after it's rendered.
I finally burned a project to DVD (not Blue-ray), and the image quality seemed very good. Interesting how the preview is just that...a preview.
As you have found out, albeit with BD RE's, there can be a world of difference between the "preview," and a burned output, viewed on suitable equipment. I use DVD RW's, for my testing (as you did with the BD RE's, as it saves $ and keeps the creation of "coasters" to a minimum).
The same can be said for the "preview" in most authoring programs. Things like "black flashes" between Menus, etc., can be alarming in Preview (in Encore), but disappear on a DVD RW.