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Syed Iqbal
Please rescue me and save my .....
on May 28, 2013 at 6:33:02 pm

Hi Guys
I am negotiating with a buyer and the specs sheet he has given to me has some confusing information (because I am not an expert about aspect rations etc).

In the resolution requirements, he mentions 3 possible output sizes:
(16:9) 1280x720
(16:9) 885x498
(16:9) 321x498

Well, in After Effects, for example, when I create a new composition and mention 321 in width and 498 in height, I never see aspect ratio as 16:9 next to these settings. I even tried square pixels and some other settings.

Your help would be very very appreciated.

Syed


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Angelo Lorenzo
Re: Please rescue me and save my .....
on May 28, 2013 at 6:44:28 pm

I would suggest that your client revisit their deliver specs. Assuming you're delivering in h264 then it should be said they do not support odd numbers of pixels. Neither of the smaller sizes are 16:9. I would have your client point to the technical reasons for these selections and if you can use letter/pillar boxes to make up for the difference in aspect ratio

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Syed Iqbal
Re: Please rescue me and save my .....
on May 28, 2013 at 6:50:52 pm

Hi dear,
Perhaps I should have mentioned this before that the available formats to choose from are "MPEG & MOV (H.264,DivX,Xvid)/ WMV,SWF,and AVI"

So do you mean 16:9 aspect ratio for the 2nd and 3rd size is IMPOSSIBLE, no matter whatever settings we choose from After Effects compostion dialog?

Thanks a million for your quick response.

Syed


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Please rescue me and save my .....
on May 29, 2013 at 3:26:40 pm

Do this to create your deliverable file:
  • Work in 1280x720 in After Effects. Since you mention nothing about the frame rate, I presume it isn't an issue for you.
  • Finish your work in After Effects and save it.
  • Open Adobe Media Encoder, open the After Effects project in AME, and navigate to the desired comp.
  • Under the Preset column, navigate to the appropriate H.264 preset, or create a custom preset -- it's easy to do.
  • Export from AME.
The reason to do this: After Effects doesn't make good Quicktime Movies in H.264.

Dave LaRonde
Former Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Ivan Myles
Re: Please rescue me and save my .....
on May 29, 2013 at 7:02:38 pm

Ask the client whether 884 or 886x498 and 316, 318, or 320x498, are acceptable. You can export 316x498 from Adobe Media Encoder with a custom aspect ratio of 14:5 to produce a 16:9 image.



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Dave LaRonde
Re: Please rescue me and save my .....
on May 29, 2013 at 9:16:03 pm

I would never, EVER work at a resolution that may be lower than than the potential delivery specifications.

In After Effects, it's very easy to scale something down, but you run the danger of losing image quality if you have to scale something up.

Dave LaRonde
Former Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Ivan Myles
Re: Please rescue me and save my .....
on May 29, 2013 at 9:23:38 pm

The prior comment refers to exports from a 1280x720 sequence, as you had already recommended.


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