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Brandon Little
Resizing a Project
on Aug 13, 2012 at 5:37:53 pm

Hey guys.

I created a project at 720x480 and NOW they tell me they want an HD version of it. Most of it is either text or images that were pretty large to start with, so I would think resizing it is no biggie.

What's the best way to resize / upsize it to the new specs?

(I tried grabbing it all, making a new comp, then scaling the comp, but I lost resolution on the text. Isn't the text all vector?)


MUCH OBLIGED!!!


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Resizing a Project
on Aug 13, 2012 at 5:46:35 pm

Best way is to use the Scale Composition script that comes with AE

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Vishesh Arora
Re: Resizing a Project
on Aug 13, 2012 at 6:04:22 pm

Mr. Little
This happens when you have a vector shape in precomp and try to resize it.

Best thing is just Enable the "Collapse Transformation" switch of your comp and you will get what you want. Its for vector layers specially.

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Brandon Little
Re: Resizing a Project
on Aug 13, 2012 at 6:39:55 pm

Thanks guys - both great suggestions.

Here is how I resized the project:

1. Precompose everything into a new comp
2. Mark that comp with Collapse Transformations
3. Use Comp Settings to resize the comp
4. Scale it up.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Resizing a Project
on Aug 13, 2012 at 9:34:09 pm

Glad there no video footage in it! It would have looked pretty grim. Although it worked this time, I recommend avoiding your solution in the future and going with Ted's suggestion.

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Walter Soyka
Re: Resizing a Project
on Aug 14, 2012 at 2:31:20 am

[Dave LaRonde] "Glad there no video footage in it! It would have looked pretty grim. Although it worked this time, I recommend avoiding your solution in the future and going with Ted's suggestion."

Honestly, I'd recommend against designing for SD only altogether. Work in 4:3 safe 16:9, and you will be ready when the client (inevitably) asks for an HD version.

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Brandon Little
Re: Resizing a Project
on Aug 15, 2012 at 5:53:16 pm

Ain't that the truth!

I guess the advice on running that resize script would probably be the best advice in most cases. In my case, it was passing up some screwy masking issues from the sub-compositions, but I worked around it.

(I posted my process and also encourage following the tip for the resize script in case others have the same issue and need help.)


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