What is the pixel aspect ratio for your composition, and what pixel aspect ratio did you specify on output?
I did the whole project in HDV 1080 29.97 1440x1080 aspect ratio is locked. The pixel aspect ratio is set on HDV1080/DVCPRO HD720 (I think I may have changed this setting to try to correct the issue) The output module settings are Quick Time, locked aspect ratio to 4:3 (1.33)1440x1080. I tried to resize it hoping to correct its appearance but it didn't change much.
I brought the AE project to Premiere Pro and I noticed in the sequences that the circle comp is set to 1280x720 and the fps at 25. So that's the problem I guess, but it looks great on the stage. Is there a quick fix?
Your answer regarding pixel aspect ratio was not clear. To make it clear, show screenshots of the following:
- Composition panel
- composition settings
- render settings
- output module settings
- output result
Where do I find the composition panel and the render settings?
The Composition panel is the panel that says 'Composition' in its tab---the one that contains your composition image.
You're obscuring the bottom part of the Composition panel in your screenshots, but I'm guessing that if I could see the Toggle Pixel Aspect Ratio at the bottom would not be depressed (enabled). Click that to see what your composition will look like... which I'm betting will match your output movie.
Take a step back, though: If this is just for your portfolio, why are you working with non square pixels? Virtually everything these days is done with square pixels. There is no reason other than working with a few very specific formats that you should be working with non-square pixels.
Start here to learn After Effects: http://adobe.ly/AE_basics
You were right about the aspect ratio toggle. Does this mean that the whole project has to be reworked?
I did not choose non square pixels I don't know how it got switched. I've only been working with after Effects for about 8 months along with learning Photoshop (the toughest) Illustrator, building a website, setting up a recording studio I just bought Logic pro and I had to upgrade my operating system to maverics (not on this machine) so as much as I would love to know everything about After Effects there's only so much time in a day.
It would seem that if the toggle is depressed then that would be the wrong setting instead of the other way around.
> "It would seem that if the toggle is depressed then that would be the wrong setting instead of the other way around."
The default is to have each of the (square) pixels on your computer monitor correspond to a pixel in your composition. With the switch enabled, a scaling operation happens. This is compensating for how a certain kind of video monitor would show these pixels.
But, again, this is only for increasingly rare uses of non-square pixels.
You say that you didn't set your composition to non-square pixels... but you did, by choosing an HDV composition settings preset. HDV is not a format that is relevant to the work of very many people these days. Don't set your composition to this standard unless you have a good reason to do so.
You can correct these kinds of mistakes after the fact by changing composition settings, resizing in the output module, and/or scaling the composition to compensate for the squash that you've been introducing.
Please, do go through the basics:
I guess you're right. Thanks for the help. Now I'm getting that message about having an approved graphics card. This is a 27 inch Imac about a year and a half old I don't believe that my graphics card is that outdated.