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chris reedy
.mpg imported into AE CS6 is being squished width-wise and lower quality when rendered in ME CS6
on Mar 13, 2014 at 11:07:02 pm
Last Edited By chris reedy on Mar 13, 2014 at 11:36:34 pm

I'm putting old family footage up on YouTube with an intro/outro. I am now at the point in time where I started using a Canon FS200 digital. It took 720x480 SD footage and saved as ".mpg". It came with Pixela software. When I look at the properties (Windows 7 Explorer) of a video, it shows this to be 720x480.

3 PROBLEMS:

[1] When I play it in Windows Media Player, it is displaying 100% at 640x360 (measured via photoshop screengrab).
* Why is that? Is there a raw vs display size thing going on?

[2] When I drag that file onto a 1280x720 comp in After Effects CS6, the dimensions get wonky. I realize it will be small on that canvas, but it turns the dimensions into 655x480...so it is squishing it width-wise. If I check the scale properties it says it is 720x480, but if I check "Include Pixel Ratio" it says 654.55x480.
* Why isn't it displaying in the comp at 720x480? The height is right...why not the width?

[3] If I force scale it to the right dimensions of 720x480 and I render the saved ".aep" file in Media Encoder...the quality of the video is a lot lower than my original footage.
* Why is my quality decreasing? (the quality decreases even if I don't force scale it)

AE CS6 COMP SETTINGS
* HDV/HDTV 720 29.97 (preset - I have not changed anything)
* 1280
* 720
* Lock Aspect Ratio to 16:9
* Square pixels
* Frame Rate 29.97
* Resolution Full

MEDIA ENCODER CS6 SETTINGS
* YouTube 720p 29.97 (preset - I have not changed anything)

Thanks for any and all help...


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chris reedy
Re: .mpg imported into AE CS6 is being squished width-wise and lower quality when rendered in ME CS6
on Mar 18, 2014 at 6:35:27 pm

Does anyone have thoughts on this? Or is it too noob? I've tried finding the answer elsewhere but to no avail.


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