I'm new to Premiere CS4. I'm using Canon HF11 30p MTS files, so I'm using the 1080i30 (60i) settings.
I Import my AVCHD files. When I try to use Adobe Media Encoder CS4 to downsample the 1920x1080 AVCHD to 16:9 DVD NTSC or DV I get pillarboxing on the sides of the DVD file. I don't in any of my other video editing programs. Why do I ONLY see this in Premiere, and how can I fix it? I've never seen a video editor not 'stretch' the video to fill the entire 720x480 'screen' with the correct aspect ratio played on the TV.
I read about and already understood apect ratios:
And this sounds like it's about my problem but doesn't help since the MPEG2-DVD setting in AME doesn't allow me to choose square pixels:
Here's the output showing the pillarboxing:
Here's the source tab:
For CS4, Adobe "fixed" the non-square pixel aspect ratios to conform to BBC and Orange Book standards. For years Adobe apps have had the wrong PARs. It's now been fixed across the entire suite of Adobe applications. The technical solution involves Production Aperture, Clean Aperture and more math than I care to review.
If you'd like to try to get your head around it, this link may be helpful:
The bottom line is that what you are seeing now is correct.