In Export Settings, you can chose to crop the image to 4:3 or 16:9.
Don't crop at all.
If you choose to no cropping you can set the boundaries around the image yourself, cutting out surrounding black
There will be no surrounding black using 4:3 media in a proper 4:3 sequence. If you have black, you did something wrong before the export stage.
Can you post a screenshot of your encoder settings, preferably the whole Output tab? I have a thought, but would like to see specifically how you have things set up first.
Thank you for answering. As requested here is a screenshot of the Output tab and settings. Hope it can help.
Thank you for taking the time,
P.S. When you open the screenshot by double clicking on it, if it opens in Windows Photo Gallery you can't see much. If you open it in Paint or Photoshop you should be able to see everything you need to.
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Nothing wrong with your settings apart from the bitrate and 2-pass VBR. What you are seeing is the 'cropping' that every CRT TV does (overscanning) and that is why there are safe margins. Why use what is effectively CBR (min=target=max) and then use 2-pass VBR? Why the high bitrate? That is bound to give compatibility problems on settop boxes. Use 8000 CBR instead.
I agree with Harm on both points. You should turn off cropping completely if you're going from a DV source (which you are) to an MPEG-2 DVD output (which you are). Just click the Crop button "off" on the Source tab.
If you're seeing weird distortions on some television/DVD players, you may have the aspect ratio settings set improperly in the DVD players themselves. Typically, these settings need to be changed when you're viewing anamorphic (16:9 widescreen) DVDs; you change the setting to match your display preference to your television. Sometimes, the settings are not correct, and will result in unwanted stretching. This isn't necessarily the problem you're up against, but it might be something to check if things don't look right. Other than that, everything looks more or less correct in the export settings.