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Screen resolution is irrelevant if you're playing from DVD. DVDs have strict resolution encoding requirements.
For a PAL DVD, use a PAL D1/DV Widescreen preset in AE. (720x576)
For an NTSC DVD, use an NTSC DV Widescreen preset. (720x480)
Make sure you read up on Pixel Aspect Ratios:
i http://livedocs.adobe.com/en_US/AfterEffects/8.0/WS3878526689cb91655866c1103906c6dea-7f3a .html
- Jonas Hummelstrand
Hi, Thanks so much for your responses!!!!!
I do need NTSC not PAL so if I use NTSC D1 Widescreen preset. (720x480) isnt 720x480 the resolution used with the regular 4:3 ratio???
If the screen resolution doesnt matter and I keep it set at widescreen which is still 720x480 what size do I make my Photoshop documents so that they will fit in the AE screen? The images are square pixels and usually for a 4:3 ratio I would make the Photoshop documents at 720x540, is that still accurate or is it different for a 16:9 ratio???
Again, thanks so much!!!!!
If you're using square pixels in Photoshop, a 16:9 frame is 864x480. But Photoshop can cope fine with non-square pixels, and has presets for 720x480 Widescreen frames.
So in Photoshop CS3 would I use the Film & Video preset of NTSC D1 Widescreen which it then says is 720x486?
Or if I do it at square pixels I use a regular document but make it 864x480 and that is equivalent?
Both of those will come out working correctly on a 16:9 ratio monitors of a 1706 x 960 pixels screen?
Then in AE do I use the Comp template for NTSC D1 Widescreen, pixel Aspect Ratio of D1/DV NTSC Widescreen(1.2) which will match up with both of the above Photoshop document setups???
I'm sorry for all the questions but this is new to me and I just want to make sure I do it right.
Thanks a ton!!!!
I also just found out that it is 4 monitors linked together to make the playing field total 1706x960. Does this make a difference in how I have to set it up?
Sorry, my typo above (which I've now corrected) mislabelled DV as D1.
Use Photoshop CS3 Film & Video preset "NTSC DV Widescreen".
Or use 864x480 square pixels.
Your AE comp should be NTSC DV Widescreen (1.2) 720x480.
This is the ONLY resolution you can use for NTSC DVD content. The resolution of the monitors is irrelevant.