What is the nature of your source material (ie. where did it come from?) and what export settings are you using? If possible, post a screenshot or two of the source and output tabs in AME, and list how you've got the settings, um, set.
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We are using image sequences (1920x1080) which have been constructed and
stitched together with video and special effects already added. I get 1600
JPEGS at about 450kb a piece.
I have been playing around with export settings - we need it in QT to run in
our Star Lab system. I usually use h.264 - wait a minute! Should I be
using a Blue Ray setting?
I may have figured it out - the 'scaled to fit' setting on the top of the
Export Box seems to have removed the bars and left me with a proper ratio
full image. I will continue with the export and see what I end up with.
Sorry I haven't gotten you any screen shots yet - I will if this dog
continues to bite...
BluRay export might work, but it'll depend on what container formats your playback system requires--I think that generates .M2TS files. You say Quicktime, but you also mention that you usually use H.264--does this mean you use the "H.264" as a format, or do you use "Quicktime" as the format, and then select H.264 as the codec? The QuickTime MOV container is actually an MPEG-4 container, but QT's implementation of H.264 is a little meh. You might have good/better results using H.264 as the format, and then specifying the profile and level to allow for a 1920x1080 encode.
The "Scaled to Fit" option only becomes active when you've used cropping in the Source tab. That might be the problem. I'm assuming you're working in a custom-designed sequence that's 1920x1080 with square pixels (given your source media), and you're trying to go to the same dimensions and PAR with your output. As such, you shouldn't need any cropping. See if that makes a difference...
I was using Quicktime, with h.264 as my codec. I was thinking of using h.264 BR but the Star Lab system only states that it needs MOV files to work correctly. I don't need to burn them (and not having a BR burning) so I can transfer the end product onto the computer directly.
I will try using the h.264 directly, setting to 1920x1080, and making sure my output settings are 'scaled to fit' - that might just do the trick.
Your pixel aspect ratio is wrong. Set it to "Square Pixels". You've got it set to "D1/DV NTSC Widescreen" which is an anamorphic setting.
EDIT: Yeah, it looks like you set the PAR as 1.212 for the sequence as well. Unless you have a good reason for this, this is not what you want. Create a custom sequence with width 1920, height 1080, and PAR set to Square Pixels. Your encode should match that then; you shouldn't see any funky black bars at that point.
Excellent - thank you!
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You're most welcome. Do post back and let us know if that solves the problem.
Best of luck!
Worked like a charm! Thanks so much for the help. The rotating galaxy we did will really wow the kids. Before I sign off, I wonder if you might know the answer to another question; now that I am working with HD, I fear my computer might not be up to the task. I am unable to play the image sequences (1920x1080) for more than 2 seconds before the system lags on the video (jerky) and then 5 seconds later the audio gives out. I can scrub back and forth and the audio is fine, but can't scrub the video. I looked elsewhere and have unchecked my hard drive compress and indexing features, but to no avail. My computer is currently set up with:
INTEL CORE 2 QUAD CPU
2.67GHz, 3.25GB RAM
NVIDIA GeFORCE 9600 GT
one! 250GB Drive
Our IT guy is ready to help me out with upgrades, but as we are a not for profit group, we wont be able to go beyond RAM, Hard drives and a possible upgrade to 64bit. My question is what would be my best course of action to allow me to actually play the projects I am going to be working on?
Thanks again and let me know if this is still within your field or if I should start another Discussion.
3 physical disks is about minimum requirements.
Check! Three disks! Will be on order on Monday.
What say you about my RAM situation? Would I benefit from a bump or should I do what everyone else is doing and wait for WIN 7 before I venture into 64 bit? Or the VISTA 64? My tech tells me that XP tops out at 3gb ram.
For the time being, I would leave your RAM and XP as it is. To really benefit from 64 bit OS, you may have to wait for CS5 and Win7, but then you need to get a new motherboard, new RAM and a new CPU as well.