Are you actually working in After Effects, or in Premiere Pro? I ask because they have two different forums.
Hi Simon, its definitely after effects (I'm know digging into scaling tutorials)
[Moved to the After Effects forum.]
People will be viewing videos on differently-sized screens when you put something on the web. Some people browse the internet using a 60-inch television and others use their iPhones. There is no way of knowing the exact size of a screen.
If you design at the established HD size of 1920x1080, you can have a reasonable expectation that it will be the right fit for most every viewing platform.
Ok I just finished a composition for an iphone, when watched on After effects it looks a good size but when I saw it on the intended iPhone it was too small.
Of course it was smaller but what do you mean by "too small?" Do you mean, say, the text you created at full high def is illegible on the iPhone? There are minimum pixel dimensions and specifications for discernible detail, try googling "minimum visual content for iPhone" or something like that. Try searching the Apple site for developer specifications and suggestions for minimum pixel dimensions for accurately discerning detail.
The iPhone 5s screen has only 1136 x 640 discreet pixels. My anecdotal experience suggests minimum legible text is about 20 pixels when viewed at arm's length, a meter or more. Text on websites can be much smaller because it scales as vectors. Video presents fixed pixels; they don't scale, they just get bigger and blockier.
Thank you Szalam, Ive since learn when designing in After effects the view port is proportional to the size you configure in the settings. I understand this now and have since fixed the problem of the tiny preview on my blackberry :-)
Glad you got it sorted!
However, if that was new information from you, you should really start here: Getting started with After Effects. Getting a solid foundation in how to use After Effects will help prevent a lot of this sort of frustration.
Hi from 20 degrees C York UK :-)
Ok I just finished a composition for an iphone, when watched on After effects it looks a good size but when I saw it on the intended iPhone it was too small. So my question is please...
"How can you preview a movie clip / composition so it has the same scale as the intended output. Put another way, If my video clip is for YouTube how can I preview to see if my movie clip looks the right size before export."
Thanks in advance,
I just saw a new Add-On for After Effects (and Premiere and Character Animator) called SocialPreview which does exactly that.
It previews the edit canvas directly on your iPhone, iPad etc. I haven't tried it but it looks interesting.
Here is the Adobe Add-On Store link