would you suggest converting my older video footage to larger size and bringing in
this would be better, because changing a whole project's dimensions even with scripts can be unpredictable. god only knows what setup you got there and also 16:9 to 3:4 would be a whole mess. what you can do is place your PAL footage in an HD Preset and upscale it. try using detail preserve upscale effect to scale it up. there are also 3rd party plugins like InstantHD. when you are done, if you don't have to export fullHD you can export HD720 so there will be less upscaling.
make sure you convert them to a D.I with high quality so you won't lose information.
Roei Tzoref I think what you suggest is spot on!
When you said " Place your PAL footage in an HD Preset and upscale it" is this done purely in After Effects or Do I need to use Premiere or another program, "Detail Preserve Upscale Effect" is I am assuming somewhere in After Effects?
what is D.I with high quality ?
I am sorry a Beginner here!
Yeah, I'm with Roei -- upscale the footage, render it and bring it into the template projects. Use either Detail Preserving Upscale or Instant HD. It's not as messy that way.
I'm Honored, Dave
When you said " Place your PAL footage in an HD Preset and upscale it" is this done purely in After Effects or Do I need to use Premiere or another program
All in After Effects. create a new composition, choose an HD preset and make sure frame rate is the same. drag you PAL over there. apply the effect and set the parameters.
"Detail Preserve Upscale Effect" is I am assuming somewhere in After Effects?
the effect is in there. you can find it in the effects and presets panel just search det... it offers parameters that could prove to be better for your footage than just scaling the footage.
what is D.I with high quality ?
Yes. D.I - Digital Intermediate - can mean different things but here we use the this as a fancy term for lossless quality file. in layman's terms - render Quicktime Animation
Let me throw in my two cents. The most important part of this process is making sure you know what the picture ratio is for the footage you have. That frame size can be 4:3 or widescreen for any of the 720 wide standard pixel width formats.
Once you properly interpret the footage you can either render a digital intermediate (I would pick something other than animation QuickTime because the files are huge and it's only 8 bit) or if the shots are short use a either of the plug-ins mentioned above and just use the footage directly in your comp.
I would also make some serious design considerations. Most of the time when I incorporate archival footage in a HD project I will not scale it up to fill the frame but put it in a box that complement the design. Instant HD and Detail Preserving Upscale do a fine job. There are a couple of third-party solutions that even do a better job. Premiere Pro on it's own does a very good job of up scaling footage but remember you are still making about eight pixels out of one so the quality is going to suffer.
Cineware makes a good 10 bit CODEK that comes free with the Go Pro studio and may even now be native to AE. Threr are several other "mezzanine" formats available for both Windows and Mac platforms. Some system specs and a little more detail on what you're trying to accomplish will help us point you down a straighter path.
Thank you All I will try learning all these approaches, and practice them with my project. I really appreciate your responses!
(I would pick something other than animation QuickTime because the files are huge and it's only 8 bit)
thanks Rick. Animation does create large files but is the fastest to render. considering that detail preserve up-scaling effect is a resource hog, this could be a good approach if you don't care much for disk space (it's not THAT bad). I work in a news channel where we render with Animation all the time through network hard drives. it's fast and reliable. but I have been reading about how you use Jpeg2000 for D.I. - Let me ask you: Did you ever find any reason to use Animation over Jpeg2000?
I just ran a test using both codecs on a 10 Seconds PAL footage enlarged with this effect to FullHD - exactly what Op needs to do.
Codec Render Time File Size QT Animation 28 seconds 1.27GB Jpeg 2000 1Min, 13 Seconds 309MB
guess what the Jpeg2000 codec reduces in size, it makes up in render time. it's really up to the priorities of the user's workflow I guess.