I have a comp that's 1440 x 1080 that looks good in RAM preview and after rendering from within AE CS5. I recently learned, however (I'm a newbie, btw), that it's generally better to export to Media Encoder and do your renders there (2-pass compression, for one thing). So I load my comp into ME CS5, select H.264 as the output and regardless of the preset I use (ideally Youtube widescreen HD), the output ends up being stretched horizontally. I've tried square pixels, 4:3 pixels, and interpreting the footage, but no luck. Anything obvious I'm overlooking?
I realize this is probably a Media Encoder forum question, but that place looks pretty dead. I'm hoping there are others here who use this workflow.
Thanks for the help.
I'm not sure what you are referring to, but to me it sounds like AME is correctly doing what it's told - un-squeeze your footage. It just surprises you because you probably never bothered to preview with pixel aspect ratio correction on in AE. In any case, why not work with a proper 1920x1080 comp in the first place? You know, AE will correctly convert PARs when dropping an HDV clip into a full HD comp and it avoids all confusion. If, for whatever reason you want to retain the elongated appearance of the HDV, then the only way of doing that is to enforce a square PAR in the footage interpretation in AE...
Failure to preview with PAR on was the problem. Thanks.