What's the PAR of the original footage? What does File|Interpret Footage show?
Hi Jeff, the pixel aspect ratio is 1.0 square pixels.
If it helps, I have uploaded an unmodified sample file to Vimeo (which registered members can download). This is from the Nikon D5000 and exhibits the cropping / stretching problem described above when imported into a 1280x720 Premiere Pro CS4 / Vista 64 timeline.
I import footage from these cameras into a 1280x720 project in PPro CS4
Technically, projects no longer have such settings. Those are now applied at the sequence level, as you can have many different sequence settings in any given project. Are you certain the sequence has the correct settings?
Yes, I'm importing them into 1280x720 pixel sequences. I should add I can import other 1280x720 footage into these sequences just fine - the only files I'm having this problem with are those from the Nikon D90, D5000, Olympus E-P1 etc - which all coincidentally encode in Motion JPEG.
Has anyone tried importing my example file from Vimeo into CS4 under Windows to see if they have the same problem?
Hi everyone, I've just tried something which may have fixed it.
I keep hearing good things about Mainconcept's Motion JPEG decoder, so I thought I'd give the demo a shot.
I installed the demo and now the footage is no longer stretched in CS4. It's early days and I'm doing more tests, but at least it's not falling at the first hurdle anymore
I guess there was some codec issue at fault here, but surely if CS4 can't natively work with Motion JPEG files, then why would it still import them, but in a stretched format - I'd also assume given the sheer number of Nikon D90 / D5000 / D300s's sold, that this problem would have been reported before.
This makes me believe maybe it's a conflict of codecs on my own system that's confusing CS4, rather than an inability to natively handle the format.
I'd still love to hear if anyone has similar problems with the file I uploaded earlier when importing it into CS4 for Windows...
From your first post:
I also have ffdshow installed in case that's a factor to consider.
I would be surprised if that wasn't the source of your problems.
Since installing the MC MJPEG codec will have overwritten system-level settings from ffdshow, my theory becomes even more likely.
As many similar threads are a testiment, this MJPEG footage can be edited in PrPro. Most users have had great results with the MainConcept MJPEG and also the Morgan. Which do you have installed?
As for FFDShow, it has also caused tons of trouble, just being around. Most have been able to remove it via Add/Remove Programs, though some have had to do a HDD wipe to rid themselves of this program.
Also, there is a great deal of difference between a system with a CODEC playing a file, and with an NLE being able to edit that same file. Still, both the Morgan and the MainConcept have gotten high marks from users.