If you know you want your final project at 1024x768 then I would just start with a Desktop setting at those settings and then just resize it to fit that.
I havent really played with crop so maybe someone else has a better opion.
The crop effect in the Effects Panel is in percentage and not in pixels, its wrong in the manual.
1440x1080 has rectangular pixels, 1024x576 has square pixels so the recaling has to be done in the Media Encoder. IIRC there is a crop tool in the Media Encoder and don't forget to change the PAR.
Glenn, thanks for the suggestion. The thing is that I don't just need to
resize to 1024x768, I also need to crop out some of the video. Thank you
Thank you for the suggestion. The thing is that when I try to crop in
the media encoder, it's straightforward to get the crop box to 1024x768,
but the output tab shows the dimensions on the bottom right as 720 w x
480 h. I tried playing with the format and preset drop downs in export
settings but can't get the output dimensions to change to1024x768. I
saved the file anyway (hoping the crop dimensions would override the
output dimensions) but when I opened it in ULead (more on why I had to
do this in a second) the dimensions were 720x480. So that's one problem.
A second problem is that when I try to save as an mpeg in the media
encoder, the only mpeg file format I get is .m2v. When I save as .m2v
and try to import back into Premiere, it can't open it. It does open in
ULead, as I mentioned before.
Any advice from here?
Thank you again,
It looks like you try to export to DV AVI. Try again with WMV, that allows all kind of formats.
Thanks Harm, appreciate the suggestion.
I guess there's no way to save as an .avi then with those dims?
Exporting to DV AVI limits you to the defined DV resolution, 720 x 480 NTSC or 720 x 576 PAL.
Notice that I mention DV AVI, not AVI. AVI is just a container and the relevant issue is the codec used within that container. DV has a predefined resolution. WMV is more flexible in that you can define the resolution required.
Harm, thanks so much for explaining this, it makes sense and helps a
lot. Thank you again for all of your help, I really appreciate it.