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James Mulryan
Best AE composition settings for Pro Res HQ 1080 24P
on Nov 28, 2009 at 8:05:08 pm

I am finishing a project in Pro Res 422HQ 108024P in FCP 7.
Can someone tell me what composition settings I should use.
Planing to use 1920X1080
Square Pixels
23.98 fps
Render out Pro Res 422 HQ
Do these setting sound right.
Thank you

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Dave LaRonde
Re: Best AE composition settings for Pro Res HQ 1080 24P
on Nov 30, 2009 at 3:20:30 pm

Double-check the sequence settings in FCP. If they're 1920x1080, fine. However, that's not always the case: sometimes they're 1440x1080. You should render in the same settings as your FCP edit timeline.

And don't -- repeat, DO NOT -- render at 23.98 in AE!!! Okay, you can use a 23.98 frame rate if you enjoy having problems later. 23.98 is just a nickname for the actual NTSC film frame rate, and the actual frame rate is this: 23.976. That's what you should use.

Use 23.98 at your peril.

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

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Talia Raine
Re: Best AE composition settings for Pro Res HQ 1080 24P
on Apr 10, 2010 at 10:42:00 pm

For Titles/Credits in After Effects

I also have a sequence that was shot on a Canon 5D 1920x1080. Editing in FCP ProRes 4444 23.98 outputting to an SD DVD which leads to many questions:

1) The camera file says 23.98, not 23.976 should I stay with this frame rate for both FCP and After Effects?

2) What are the correct settings for my AE Comps so that they don't look fat when played on a television? Normally I design in a larger size for square pixels then squeeze it in a second comp to compensate. But in this case, the camera also shoots in square pixels, so I thought I could create just a straight 1920x1080 comp and pull it into FCP. But on a tv, the text is thin.

3) I normally output using Animation compression but was going to use ProRes 4444 because it contains an alpha channel. Any thoughts on this for text? I seem to loose a lot of the soft edges in ProRes.

4) Can anyone tell me the best settings through Compressor to output for DVD? I've been using "Best Quality DVD" and it looks ok, but is there something else I can do and is there any way to get more out of the edges of the picture, as often, characters faces are getting cropped left and right.

Thank you so much for any help. I have to finish this project for a presentation Monday.

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