After Effects Resolution vs Adobe Premiere
September 16, 2009 12:22 PM   Subscribe

After Effects Resolution vs Adobe Premiere

Hey everyone,

I just bought After Effects and I am sort of a noob when it comes to this so I am hoping someone can help me when it comes to aspect ratio/resolution.

I have a file that was created in AE where the resolution is 1280x720 (16:9), however, the format I am working with in Adobe Premiere is 720x480 (I use a DVX100b camera).

What do I have to do in order for the 1280x720 resolution to fit properly in Premiere 720 by 480?

Much thanks
posted by bostonhill to Computers & Internet (3 answers total)
It's been a long time since I worked in AE.. but have you tried to change the composition settings in after effects?

So in the Project panel, right click the name of your composition and select composition settings.

Make sure keep aspect ratio is checked and change the format to 858 x 480. Then you can just fit it into premiere and fix any clipping (in theory, i forget if premiere will force the video to fit the 720 width. If it does, you're better off changing the settings in AE to 720x405. You'll get some empty space above and below the AE video, though).
posted by royalsong at 12:40 PM on September 16, 2009

Are you outputting to standard 4:3 or anamorphic widescreen? You probably want the latter for DVD. Premiere should have a preset for this. The issue is that the pixels on your HD content are square, but 720x480 widescreen has a pixel aspect ratio of about 1.2 (pixels are wider than they are tall), so you have to make sure Premiere is resizing it correctly.

I haven't used Premiere in years, but the pixel issue is probably what's tripping you up.
posted by neckro23 at 2:50 PM on September 16, 2009

It'd help if we know why you're trying to put it in premiere.

Bascially, you have an HD ready AE comp...and you're trying to fit it in a lower resolution (SD) premiere pro sequence.

In Standard def, it's likely you're working in a ratio of 4x3 - all HD is 16x9; so you're going to scale it down until it appears letterboxed...or not scale it down all the way (and cut off the sides.)

If you're doing this for DVD, you might consider creating the video as 16x9 - as the HD will scale down to that without any letterboxing/black bars.
posted by filmgeek at 3:39 PM on September 16, 2009

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