Hello, I'm working in Final Cut Pro (mac). I'm exporting my timeline sequence as 1440x1080i Quicktime Movie using the Apple Intermediate Codec (1.3 Pixel Aspect Ratio). Now I launch After Effects, import this file, from the Bin I drag this file on top of the New Composition Button so it creates a Composition to the same settings as my source file. I go to the Composition Dropdown Menu, click Comp Settings and confirm that I'm at 1080i with a 1.3 pixel Aspect ratio, the lock to 4:3 button is not checked.
Why in After Effects does my video look like Full Screen 4:3 video?
Anyway, I export from After Effect using these settings...
Under Render Settings:
Under Time Sampling I select 'Lower Field" (for interlaced footage)
Under Output Module:
I select Format Settings and switch to Apple Intermediate Codec and select HDV 1080i.
Now I import this file into Final Cut Pro and it looks fine except there is a small black border on the right side of my footage, as if a few pixels of black were adopted in this process. Though this bugs me it's not the main problem.
Lastly I send this footage from Final Cut Pro to a color correction program called Color. Color reads all of my clips from Final Cut Pro with no problems, but when i send a clip that came from After Effect, though all of my Comp settings are correct, Color reads the footage as 4:3 Full Screen (just like After Effect previews it). 2 small examples to confirm this last point. If I send 1080i footage from Final Cut Pro into Color, it maintains it's aspect ratio. If I send footage from Final Cut that has been modified in After Effects to Color, it does not maintain it's Aspect Ratio, it changes to 4:3.
I have a feeling this is a long shot, can you see any problems in my workflow? Is there a known issue? Any ideas?
Well, your AE thing is easily explained: You are not using the pixel aspect ratio correction for the comp viewer, hence it will look incorrect. As to why it is messed up once you export, I have no clue. I'm using my Mac and in particular FCP way too rarely to be of any help here. I could dare a guess and say there's some Advanced Option in the CoDec somewhere that's responsible for it or an interpretation setting in FCP, but it's really nothing more than a stab in the dark.