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How is the material being played to the monitor? The monitor resolution is irrelevant, the resolution of the playback medium is what's important. For example, will it be played off DVD, HDV tape, HDCAM tape?
It's unclear from your post if you have access to the actual AE project or just a 640x360 quicktime. If you have the AE project, you should create a new comp at the output resolution, nest the original comp in it and continuously rasterize.
If you only have a pre-rendered Quicktime as your source, there's not much you can do to prevent it looking bad. There are some 3rd party plugins designed to improve up-res quality (Instant HD is one, from Red Giant software) but ultimately it will never look crisp and clean.
I was thinking I'd have them put the movie on the harddrive of the computer the monitor will be hooked up to. Probably do it as a quicktime file. Is that the best solution?
I do have the original AE file; I made the original vid. I will try your solution--I wouldn't have thought of that!
So again, the display output of the computer should be your target, not the monitor resolution. No point making a 1920x1080 file if the computer is running at 1024x768.
You also need to consider the capabilities of the hard drive and computer in choosing your output format. A 1920x1080 uncompressed file will not play off a standard hard drive. And that resolution using H264 compression will require good hardware specs for reliable playback.
Good point--right now they've got the monitor hooked up to a decent new computer that does run 1920x1200, but they might use a laptop at the tradeshow. I will have them test it first with whatever setup they plan to use. What file format/compression would you recommend if H264 doesn't work right?
If it's a Windows machine, simply use WMV. It always works and they can even build some PowerPoint stuff around it, if they want to. If you wanna stick with Quicktime, Sorenson 3 is pretty much the only decent option outside of MPEG4/ H.264 that will combine low data rates with acceptable visual quality.