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Sorry, your post is a little unclear. It seems you require 4:3 letterboxed output.
Assuming your AVI footage is Widescreen (not letterboxed):
Import to AE
Interpret as widescreen (16:9)
Create a 4:3 comp
Place footage in comp and scale down to fit left-right within the comp
Some more info.
I shot the footage in DV wide screen 16:9. When played on a ntsc 4:3 TV it has letterbox black bars top and bottom.
Now I am editing in Premiere Pro and need to do a split screen of one scene, a singer on the left and a dancer on the right. Also because the subjects move within the frame I went to After Effects so I could scale and re position and mask the shots.
So I output the two shots from Premiere Pro in a format that gave me the same letterbox as the original DV tape. I created a new comp in AF that was set to NTSC DV Widescreen 720,480. I see that there is no 16:9 in my version of AF. I then imported the 2 clips into AF and dropped them onto the comp. When I did the shot did not fill the comp window but was squeezed in the center. I right clicked on the clips in the bin and selected interpret footage>Main. When I did this the clips in the comp window then filled the window and looked right.
Then I did the work on the clips and made a movie.
At this point when it renders the file I get a wide screen with the clips squeezed in the center and black bars on the right and left sides.
Does that give you a better idea of what I am doing? I hope so I really what to use this shot. I haven't worked in wide screen before so it's all new to me.
Thanks for your help.
I have found the fix. I didn't know that Premiere also has interpret footage when I did that to the clip it went to 16:9.