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John Michaels2K Aspect Ratios (Dumb Question)
by on Apr 24, 2012 at 12:47:24 am

I'm doing title animations for a friend who shot on a RED. They told me they're doing 2K with a 1.85 aspect ratio. I've never worked with 2K before so this is a bit new.

In After Effects, I created a Comp using the 2K dimensions, which After Effects has at 2048x1556. I made a matte for 1.85, making the "visible" area to be 2048x1107.

However, I don't think I have something right, because they sent me a rough cut in 1080p DNxHD, and the aspect ratio there seems to be much wider.

So when I rendered a 1080p version of my title (cropping off the top and bottom) and cut it in with their rough cut, my letterboxing didn't match until I dropped a 1.85 Avid matte filter on to my title sequence, and THAT made it match the rest of their footage.

So am I doing something wrong? Using the wrong dimensions somewhere along the way?


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Andrew SomersRe: 2K Aspect Ratios (Dumb Question)
by on Apr 24, 2012 at 2:59:38 am

First off, you should ask them for a "Frame and focus" chart - this will be a single frame at the full scanned (or debayered) resolution, that shows where exactly the frame edge should be.

A frame/focus chart is very important in a film workflow, but also very useful in a digital workflow, to make sure everyone is on the same page.

THAT SAID:

The 2048x1556 preset in AE is based on a full aperture 35mm film scan. This is not the preset you'd usually be using for just RED material.

If they are shooting RED for the purpose of making a 1.85 final product, then they are most likely shooting at 2048 x 1152. Red's other 2K format is 2048 x 1024 for a 2.0 aspect ratio. This is more normally used for a 2.2 or 2.39 final format (though I did work on a shot that was largely shot at 2.0 and later they decided to crop for 1.85).


As for 1.85, yes, 2048 x 1107 is 1.85.

Note that for DCI, 1.85 is defined as 1998 x 1080 (or 3996 x 2160 for "4k")



NOW, you said "So when I rendered a 1080p version of my title (cropping off the top and bottom) and cut it in with their rough cut, my letterboxing didn't match"



So, did you take your 2048 x 1107 and CROP down, or did you SCALE down to the Avid's working resolution of 1920 x 1080?

If you CROPPED, and you were using a hard matte, then your resultant aspect ratio will not be what you intended.

On the other hand, scaling is generally not desirable for graphics for the final product (at least the number of times there is a scaling should be minimized), so do be certain that your delivery format is 2048 x 1107 and not 1998 x 1080 or some other variant.

HARD MATTE:

Also, in most cases it is not desirable to put in a hard matte for VFX and titles - instead allow the DI facility to add a matte if desired so that the matte is perfectly consistent throughout. If you deliver with a matte, then you tie the hands of those working down the line and prevent repositions, etc.


That said, find out the actual delivery specification for the DI for the project, and work with that. If you need to deliver a 1920x1080 for the Avid, then *scale* if you want to maintain the same aspect and look/feel (I generally inform the clients that the scaled Avid version is a proxy and not final resolution).

Also, ask if they want a hard matte from you before burning one in - in most cases they won't as they'll want to matte it with all the other elements for consistency.


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John MichaelsRe: 2K Aspect Ratios (Dumb Question)
by on Apr 24, 2012 at 4:20:05 am

Thank you for such a thorough answer! I really appreciate the time you put in to the reply, and I found it incredibly informative.

So, since he said they shot it at 1.85, do you think I would be best off just giving them 2048x1152 unmatted frames?

I'm only in contact with the producer, who is not very technically inclined. I originally asked him for a frame figuring I could just see what they're working with and copy it (as you said with a frame and focus chart), but he didn't really come through with that.

As for the DNxHD, I do not have to deliver that, I was just going to do it to be nice so they had something for the offline, but maybe I'll just scrap that idea. ;)

Thanks again.


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Andrew SomersRe: 2K Aspect Ratios (Dumb Question)
by on Apr 24, 2012 at 5:45:10 pm

Normally, I would deliver 2048 x 1152 with no hard matte, but composed for 1.85.

I would also deliver a scaled version for Avid so that they can see how it will all work together.


Cheers


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John MichaelsRe: 2K Aspect Ratios (Dumb Question)
by on Apr 24, 2012 at 6:21:36 pm

Excellent. Thank you again!


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