I m running a quad core intel, 4gb ram, fcs3 and CS3, and when i import a 720 x 486 8 bit Uncompressed 422 or even ProRes 422 into AE CS3, it shows up as really really low rez, Big pixels stretched vertical.
I have trashed the prefs, but it persists
I se no one else has written about this, so what can i do?
also, and it may be related, when i go to render the a comp that has the footage in it, it fails.
its gotta be something obvious i am just missing it
1) Is the footage meant to be 4:3 or 16:9? AE may be doing an anamorphic 'unsqueeze' to stretch the image to 16:9. By default the scaling quality is low so you'll see subtle blockyness. This is just the preview quality and if you disable the Pixel Aspect Ratio correction in the Comp Window the image should look better.
2) Is the footage interlace or not? AE may be Separating fields which will also result in reduced resolution in the Comp Window. If the footage is progressive disable fieldseparation in the Footage Interpretation Window.
3) Is your preview resolution set to 100%? (dropdown in Comp Window)