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Eric Holzapfel
how to output a 16x9 widescreen qt movie from After Effects
on May 24, 2009 at 3:35:20 am

Hello There,

I am trying to output a 16x9 widescreen movie from After Effects.
I am using still images. My image size is 853x480 which is supposed to
be equivalent to NTSC 16x9 widescreen, which is what I want. It is that size in the AE canvas. When I place it in the render queue, and render said movie, it come out (in FCP and QT) as 4:3. What am I missing? The comp settings appear to be correct (although 720x480). It says "widescreen" and "anamorphic" when I open the comp settings and check them.

Thanks,

Eric


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Simon Bonner
Re: how to output a 16x9 widescreen qt movie from After Effects
on May 24, 2009 at 7:33:30 pm

Anamorphic refers to the say the picture is stretched from 4:3 to 16:9 aspect ratio, which might be why you are having problems.

You need to know how you will be presenting your video. If it's on a dvd or tv, it will need to be 720x480. If you are going to present it on the web or some other method of viewing on a computer screen and you want to preserve the 16:9 look, make sure you are using a preset with square pixels.

Toggle the aspect ratio switch at the bottom of the Comp panel to see how the image is stretched with non-square pixel comp settings but not with square pixel settings.

Simon Bonner

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Eric Holzapfel
Re: how to output a 16x9 widescreen qt movie from After Effects
on May 25, 2009 at 4:40:57 pm

Hello Simon,

I guess I should be "aware" of the difference you mention by now!!

Thanks, I will check it out. I am planning to put it on a dvd/tv.

Thanks,

eric


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