New to the forum so any help would be greatly received.
I have been working in video editing on and off for a number of years for various clients; mainly with PAL 4:3 and 16:9 footage. In the past I primarily rendered out the completed sequences back to source settings and dimensions and then used other applications to encode the file to an appropriate format.
However I recently started using Premier CS4 which obviously includes the Adobe Media Encoder; so I decided to start using this to produce my final files. As more clients have started to ask for PC and Web suitable files, however I’m a little confused by the way the system handles dimensions and pixel aspect ratios (PAR).
In most of the online guides (which are mainly NTSC based) they all recommend that the video frame size is reduced (320x240, 480x360, 640x480, plus widescreen equivalents); and that PAR is changed to 1:1 square.
When trying one of the presets (H.264 – YouTube SD). This sets the frame size as 640x480 but as NTSC but if I change it to PAL it resets the frame size back to 720x576 (with PAR 4:3) – and when I change the width to 640 it changes the height to 512 instead of 480.
I have rendered out versions with the 512 and 480 heights, both set at either 4:3 or Square PAR and I’m finding it difficult to decide which settings area correct. I also noticed that the final renders have black bars at the top and the bottom.
What are the ‘correct’ settings for exporting for PC and web playback?