>raw footage from my video camera
That doesn't mean anything without camera make & model and what kind of video it produces
In general, you select a project preset to match the video you will be using
PPro Troubleshooting http://premierepro.wikia.com/wiki/Troubleshooting
Please tell us about three things:
1.) Your Project/Sequence settings
2.) Your Assets (the media files and in full detail)
3.) Your Export settings.
I'd guess that the answer will be contained in that info.
My assets are MPG's copied off my brothers Sony hard disk camera (sorry I dont know the model number).
This is what Premiere tells me about my assets -
Type: MPEG Movie
File Size: 13.6 MB
Image Size: 720 x 576
Pixel Depth: 32
Frame Rate: 25.00
Source Audio Format: 48000 Hz - compressed - Stereo
Project Audio Format: 48000 Hz - 32 bit floating point - Stereo
Total Duration: 00:00:12:12
Average Data Rate: 1.1 MB / second
Pixel Aspect Ratio: 1.4587
I have tried all sorts of export settings and all combinations (mainly because i'm not that sure what to use. I've tried outputting square pixels and PAL widescreen but it either comes out at 4:3 or has black bars top and bottom which when I burn using toast and play on my home dvd player, it looks squashed :-S
Here are my sequence settings:
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Check your settop and TV settings. Also check the DVD with a player on your computer. If that plays OK, then likely this is a wrong setting of your settop or TV.
OK, do the Project/Sequence settings match that footage? They should. If not, then create a Sequence that does. Back in your "old" Sequence, hit Ctrl-a (Select All), then Ctrl-c (Copy). Navigate to your new Sequences, hit Home to set your CTI to 00;00;00;00, and then target your Video Track and hit Ctrl-v (Paste).
What is your delivery scheme? How do you want to Export - file format and CODEC? Be as specific, as you can, because there might be limitations.
when I burn using toast and play on my home dvd player
Is your home DVD player happy when fed toast instead of DVD's? Did you try feeding it crackers?
Here is my movie playing in quicktime and the info it gives me, it says it's 720x576 but it clearly doesn't look like it.
All my sequence info matches the footage yes. I've just done another test and burned the movie using iDVD, when I play this on my DVD player, it seems to snap the movie back to widescreen and view correctly, only when shown on a computer screen does it look like 4:3.I'm very confised.
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Just a simple limitation of the player used. It does not properly recognize the widescreen flag. Everything is OK since the DVD plays well on your settop box and TV.
Harms right. If you export it as 786x504 square pixel (1.0) it'll look correct in quicktime. QT isn't stretching the pixels like your dvd player does.
I think that's what's going on anyway.
Watch out, Jonny is talking PAL, not NTSC. PAL widescreen resolution with square pixels is 1024 x 576.
Jonny is talking PAL, not NTSC. PAL widescreen resolution with square pixels is 1024 x 576.
OK, I see several problems. Jonny needs to get to NTSC-land quickly, where everything but color is good. Next, he needs to stop putting that toast into the DVD drive. It will cause problems, especially if it's been buttered, or had mamalade slathered onto it. Last, a good PC would take care of most issues, and the Mac can be used for a paperweight. All that "i" stuff can be an issue...
NO - I am just kidding!!!
As Harm points out, it is most likely a setting in the playback equipment. Different equipment handles things like the pulldowns in different ways. Also, when dealing with widescreen, different TV's can handle that in different ways.
As for the software DVD player, I'd check its settings to determine if it's handling the DVD properly. BTW, which software player are you using?
Good luck, and do please ignore my NTSC-centric, PC-centric comments. They are all in fun - especially as I know that Harm is in PAL-land, and always blasts NTSC for being "Never The Same Color."
Please let us know if the DVD plays properly, when all player setting are correct - thanks,
Thanks for all your help guys.
What i've decided to do is just ignore what the footage looks like when I play it in QT on my Mac, and burn it using iDVD that i've made all my fancy menu's in. It works fine on my Denon DVD player and LG telly so ill test it on a few more setups and make sure it works ok.
Funny you should mention the 1024x576 size because I came across that when I looked at the properties of my original footage and didn't understand it as I always thought widescreen was 720x576, believe it or not I did a degree in multimedia 5 years ago and i'm still slightly baffled by all this :-S
No offense taken on the Mac front, I have used PCs all my life until about 2 years ago when I went Mac, and it's so much sweeter and reliable but, everyone has their own experiences.
Thanks for all your help so far guys.
Widescreen SD PAL material is normally edited as 720 x 576 with a PAR of 1.422. So translating that into square pixels results in 1024 x 576.
And when do you use square pixels?
They are all in fun - especially as I know that Harm is in PAL-land, and always blasts NTSC for being "Never The Same Color."
The advantage of "Phase Alternating Line" colour subcarrier system over NTSC for terrestrial TX (transmission) - all those nasty signal propagation errors resulting in phase (colour) errors. But to correct the axiom: NTSC: "Never TWICE the Same Colour."
In general for SD material when you deliver to the web you use square pixels, but for DVD you use the PAR 1.422
So translating that into square pixels results in 1024 x 576.
Actually square pixels in CS4 for DV PAL is now : 788/1050x576.