What does that even mean?
Nothing. It's simply referring to the square pixel equivalent of a bog standard PAL anamprphic comp.
So what should I do to render a video that way?
I never heard of FHA but all the specs he provided means that he want's from you a DV PAL Widescreen which is 720X576 with aspect ratio of 1.46. you have a preset for it in After Effects and I will show you in a minute. first a little explanation:
720x576 on 1.46 Aspect ratio was in the past 1024x576 with square pixel aspect ratio, since cs4 there has been a change and it is 1050x576 which is a more true representation of 720x576.
that should not matter to you much. you can just work with this preset and it will be what your client asked:
I work in a news channel where we broadcast 16:9 PAL. but we prefer to work square pixel in Ae with this preset
and the editor places this footage in a 16:9 Pal 720x576 1.42 aspect ratio. and everything is hunky dory
when we work square pixel in Ae, we are avoiding 2 things:
1. the use of constant making sure we turn on pixel aspect ratio correction switch (because we do want to see the image wide in it's final form)
2. more importantly - aliased edges in the preview, that sometimes occur because of the stretch.
here is a comparison:
PAL WIDE 1.42 aspect ratio stretched
PAL WIDE square
let me emphasis the fact that the aliased edge is only recognized on preview. your output will be o.k.
what I suggest you do is:
1. work with the preset PAL D1/DV Widescreen Square Pixel for your animation the whole way through. when you want to render, drag you main comp to a new comp and set it to PAL D1/DV Widescreen (like the preset I showed at the beginning of the post) - and render this.
2. to ask your client what is FHA - it could be a typo. and come back and enlighten us
good resource material here:
Apparently FHA stands for Full Height Anaphormic.
This is for a video on VEVO, they want me to export the video on the specs I mentioned. But these are the specs for the SD video, the HD one have different specs.
great! you learn something new everyday. what I suggested for you will work fine.
But these are the specs for the SD video, the HD one have different specs.
not sure what you meant