sorry do not know what that is.
What am I doing wrong?
Pretty much everything... In simple words: You are not consciously concerning yourself with retaining pixel aspect ratios (PAR) at all anywhere in your production chain, that's why it ends up in mayhem. The behaviors are all perfectly normal
- When you import footage, make sure it is correctly interpreted. NTSC 4:3 is 480x720 at a 0.9 PAR. Verify using file --> Interpret Footage --> Main
- Use the same to verify your field settings. If the target is computer output, fields should be off
- When adding to the comp, use matching settings
Computers always use square pixels, so using native NTSC, while possible, is not necessary the best solution. I think that's where it is falling apart for you. you are not using file formats that support PAR flags and/ or are not viewing in a tool that can accomodate and compensate for different PARs. Therefore keep the following in mind:
- To preview a correct "unstretched" version, use the PAR preview button at the bottom of the comp viewer panel
- To produce a correct computer viewable version, use the matching square PAR presets of 640x480 or 720x534 with fit to fill, if necessary.
- When using native NTSC, make sure you also set the correct PARs in the output module settings so they are embedded in the result file
- Note, that some output formats and CoDecs do not care for PARs, so don't use them, if you want to retain native NTSC
Your field issues are a whole different matter. Unless you use a high quality tool to interpolate them like RevisionFX' FieldsKit, you eitehr have to accept the combing effect with fully retained fields or lose vertical resolution due to AE only rendering one field at a time. Can't have both. It's an inherent problem with all interlaced footage.
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Thank you so much Mylenium. Your few words have gone a long way and I now understand PAR. I appreciate the help!
To preview a correct "unstretched" version, use the PAR preview button at the bottom of the comp viewer panel
Hehehehehe ok now I definitely feel stupid. I wish I understood that hours ago