With the CS3 media encoder, it was very easy to crop & rescale an area of your video.
Not only that, it also produced a video with the maximum possible quality.
But there is another CS4 stepback: The CS4 media encoder is maybe equipped with all bells & whistles, BUT simple cropping and resizing is quite unintuitive (took me quite a bit to figure out) and produces unreasonably bad quality.
For comparison, I added some pictures.
It can't be the compression, the CS4 encoded video is almost 1MB huge but still very blurry.
The CS3 encoded video is crisp & sharp at just 23kb.
Is there a way to produce high quality videos also with the CS4 media encoder when using crop & resize? I mean... this is quite crucial, isn't it?
Or am I doing something substancial wrong here?
After half a year using CS4 I'm still missing the ease-of-use of CS3. CS4 has been the biggest stepback in usability since there wasn't even a Creative Suite (I started with PS6 and Macromedia Flash 6 back then... which later "melted" into the Creative Suite)
I attached some pictures which compare both encoders. Don't be confused, my CS3 is in English, CS4 in German.
I Forgot: CS3 is always on the right side, CS4 is on the left side. The flv file is made with CS3, the f4v file is made with CS4.