3 Replies Latest reply on Mar 16, 2010 5:17 AM by Rick Gerard

    Increase the size of a composition?


      I have created a few videos, with lots of layers and keying (so quite complicated) on a composition size of 430 x 242.


      The client has now decided he wants them as 1280x720.


      Is it possible to make the composition bigger? Obviously I don't want to start the editing again due to the 3 days the project has taken due to the complexity of the editing. Ideally I'd like to use what I have, but just increase all of the dimensions.

        • 1. Re: Increase the size of a composition?
          Szalam Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Your client originally wanted smaller than web size and now they want 720 HD? Really? I hope you told that goofball that it would cost extra for that blunder.


          Whatever you do, save your project with a different file name so if you royally screw up everything, you won't have lost your work.


          You can try putting your comp in a 1280x720 comp and scaling it up with collapse transformations applied, but it may not look very good.


          If not, you can go to composition>composition settings and make your comp larger. Then, create a null, parent all the layers to the null, and scale it up so everything fits...THAT might work.


          Otherwise you can go to composition>composition settings and make your comp larger. Then go through each layer scaling it up and redoing some of the animation as needed. (This is the most expensive option, of course.)


          When you say "keying" do you mean keyframing or do you mean layers with color key effects applied? If you meant keying, does the source footage that you're applying the chromakey effects on have 720 resolution or will you have to reshoot?

          • 2. Re: Increase the size of a composition?
            Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

            All that Michael said... This is slightly insane on the part of your client (not to say moronic). While some of the tricks with simply scaling and fitting may work, you will still find yourself rebuilding a considerable part. Especially the keying will need anotehr round of finetuning as the results may look notably worse on the full thing when they were just sufficient for the lo-res version...



            • 3. Re: Increase the size of a composition?
              Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              The only right way to resize a composition is to use the Scale Composition script, then figure out which assets need to be redone to avoid scaling problems. You'll find the script under File>Scripts>Demo Palette (CS3 and later). It's easy to use.


              Once you have your composition scaled up check everything to find out which assets (imported files) need to be recreated. I'd re-do any non vector (illustrator) art that has a scale value over 120%. If you have 3D layers check the distance to the camera. If the artwork is closer to the camera than the zoom value in pixels, that artwork will also need to be recreated.


              Once you have the composition working, you'll need to check the speed and timing of all your animations to make sure that they will work with the new size and or frame rate. For a simple project, I'd charge at least another 2 hours for the rework. For a project like the one I just completed yesterday, it would me more like 8 hours. This kind of thing isn't easy to do right.