I have several thousand stills taken in portrait format. They were shot as portrait. Photoshop Opens them as portrait. Bridge shows their orientation as Portrait
BUT when I load into Ae or Premier it insists on turning them into landscape. There must be a way of stopping this?
What is the file Format you are trying to Import ? Jpg or Camera Raw ?
You have to actually rotate the images. AE ignores metatags for image orientation as cameras produce them. That's all there is to it.