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We did is this way because it's the only way for us to easily reproduce that feature in AE.
Since AE doesn't support it natively, we need to emulate it. We emulate it by sticking the footage in a precomp of the 'frame size' and set the scale on the footage on that layer to make it work. One could argue that if the scale is 100% we should optimize this and just leave out the precomp, but as you can see we didn't think of that at the time.
Is that the situation you are in?
Yeah look its not a huge deal because at least it works correctly in CS5. As I said above, it could even be a great time saver if thats what you're after.
I was just interested in why it was implemented that way.
Thanks for the info!
well this screws up compositing... and also 3d stuff since the clip INSIDE the precomp works for 3d but the precomp doesn't. I have to go through each clip now and uncheck Scale to Frame Size to get it to paste into AE properly. awesome
Why not utilize AE's "Fit To Comp" This whole thing is very lame.
Copying from Premiere and pasting into AE is nothing to get excited about. There are so many limitations. For example I have a split screen template set up in Premiere, same resolution as my AE project. It copied and pasted a huge mess. sighh so much potential wasted
There's something basically wrong with your workflow. Are you selecting the footage in Premiere and then choosing Create After Effects Comp from selection? If so, work in the comp that is created unless there's some reason to work in the pre-comp. I do this all the time with no problems. Please explain your work flow with more detail.