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Nick Gripenstraw
Newbie question
on May 27, 2010 at 2:30:32 am

I have looked around for the answer so I apologize if this is on here somewhere - I am a newbie at After Effects and am attempting to learn it - but I'm having a really stupid problem that I'm sure is easy to fix but I just can't figure it out.

I've opened a new composition. The one avi file is a 16:9 widescreen HD file in it, nothign else- I can get the first layer to open in 16:9 but when I hit duplicate, it makes the duplicate layer 4:3. I can't go to layer/layer settings because it's grayed out. How do I get the duplicate layers to be 16:9 as well and why is it showing as 4:3 when the footage itself is widescreen? Thanks for any info.


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Michael Szalapski
Re: Newbie question
on May 27, 2010 at 1:52:50 pm

Welcome to AE!
Are both of these layers in the comp? How are you duplicating them?

If you feel you have a newbie question we actually have a forum just for them.

Also, as someone new to AE, you will benefit greatly from the resources on this page.

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Nick Gripenstraw
Re: Newbie question
on May 28, 2010 at 2:02:58 am

I create a new comp - I set it so it's HD, 1280x780, lock aspect ratio at 16:9. There's one avi file. the main layer is fine, I go to edit/duplicate and the second layer is squished in the view.

I can alter the layer settings becuase it's grayed out.

I've been watching these Andrew Kramer videos and he duplicates a layer, it's identical the original but I am not getting that. I cannot figure out what it is I'm doing wrong.


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Todd Kopriva
Re: Newbie question
on May 27, 2010 at 1:57:37 pm

I'm confused.

> I've opened a new composition...


Do you mean that you _created_ a new composition? If so, what are the composition settings for width and height?

> The one avi file is a 16:9 widescreen HD file in it, nothign else- I can get the first layer to open in 16:9 but when I hit duplicate, it makes the duplicate layer 4:3.


So, you're duplicating a layer (in the Timeline panel)? Or a footage item (in the Project panel)?

And what do you mean that it "makes the duplicate layer 4:3"? What exactly are you seeing? If you were to post a screenshot, that would help.

I think that it would really help if you were to begin here: "Getting started with After Effects"


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Todd Kopriva
Re: Newbie question
on May 28, 2010 at 4:26:27 pm

Your description of what you're doing isn't precise enough for me to know exactly what you're doing. If you upload a project that demonstrates the problem, I'll take a look.

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