Hey guys, we just shot our film on a Canon XL2 at 24p on 16:9. I edited my entire sequence in Final Cut Pro 7. I wanted to add some titles, which I made in After Effects, to the sequence. I set my comp settings in after effects to 720x480 at 29.97 fps, since I was told the XL2 can't actually capture 24p, but only represent it. To make it easy on myself, I brought a clip into After Effects, from my Final Cut Pro sequence, and used these settings, only changing it to 29.97 fps. The preset is NTSC DV Widescreen and the pixel aspect ratio is D1/DV NTSC Widescreen (1.21). When I export the titles from After Effects and bring it into Final Cut, it looks all pixelated, and still does when I export it out of Final Cut Pro. What setting do I export from the render queue out of after effects to work with this DV footage?
...since you're shooting DV -- and there's nothing wrong with that unless you intend to do heavy effects work -- and you propose to shoot 24p, I suggest VERY STRONGLY that you google the term, "3:2 Pulldown". I think you'll find it enlightening.
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA
Thanks for the advice dave! I did try to mess around with the 3:2 pulldown in the render section of After Effects. I am really new to After Effects, so I just noticed that my output file was an animation file and not a DV NTSC file like I wanted. So that's why it looked pixelated in the FCP sequence. However, if I created a new sequence in FCP to match those settings, then it looks perfect, BUT the DV footage is now interlaced REALLY BAD. If I try and render the title in After Effects with a compression to DV/DVCPRO NTSC, then even the actual quicktime file looks terrible, compared to the animation file. Is this just the way things go? Am I supposed to use the animation file and make my sequence match that? I'm really lost, so any help would be appreciated. This project is due in a few days, so if worse comes to worse, I'll just use the crappy FCP titles, but I would like to have better ones.