Well, setting your zoom at 400% is clearly not a suitable way to judge quality. Beyond that I simply think you do not understand how CR actualy works. It's not tied to the zoom level like AI's preview And only shows you the real pixels as AE would use them for processing!
As Mylenium says, AE will only ever show you the actual pixels in your composition panel. So, put your composition panel back at 100% zoom and scale your layers up. VOILA! Crisp vectors at whatever scale you would like.
Thank you both for your suggestions.
While I'm familiar with Premier Pro and Illustrator, I'm currently teaching myself After Effects so I wasn't aware that I couldn't zoom in and expect a clear vector image!
It's a surprise for sure! AE is ALL ABOUT pixel-perfect accuracy. That's why it doesn't preview video in real time like Premiere does. It doesn't simply play back a video stream. It builds an exact, pixel-for-pixel frame on every frame and then displays that. So, when you zoom in on your composition window it will only ever show you the exact pixels that it will be outputting. Very useful for accurate compositing! (Less useful if you're trying to use it like Illustrator, as you've found. )
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While I'm familiar with Premier Pro and Illustrator, I'm currently teaching myself After Effects
That's a good way to get frustrated really quickly! Go though some of these resources: Getting started with After Effects They are invaluable to someone in your position. They cover basic things like the vector zoom confusion that started this thread.
Thanks for the tip, Szalam! I am working my way through a few awesome Lynda tutorials, and will definitely add your suggested link to my list of materials. Also, I just resolved my question and made yours the correct answer.
Thanks also to Mylenium for your time answering, but honestly your response felt a little mean! I'm sure you didn't intend for it to come off that way, but I'm new and learning and not everything is as obvious to those of us beginners. You're right, I don't completely understand, but there's nothing wrong with being a newbie!