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Yes, you should use the appropriate composition settings preset for your output type. Don't try to overthink it. People run themselves into problems by trying to manually do things that After Effects is doing automatically.
> If I click "Pixel Aspect Ratio Correction" off or on ( in either program) does that effect the final output or is that just for my eyesight's benefit?
That is just a preview option. It's a rough preview, so don't be surprised that it looks a little blocky/pixelated. It has no effect on output.
> The text on the forms has to be sharp and undistorted in both output formats.
Keep in mind that standard-definition video (720x480) is a very-low-resolution format. See this page for some tips:
> that I will use for a DVD and YouTube (extremes of quality).
Are you suggesting that you think that a DVD is of higher quality than what you see on YouTube? DVDs use MPEG-2 encoding and have dimensions of standard-defintion televisin---in other words, low quality. These days, online video is very often better than what you see on a standard-definition TV.
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Wow, a lot of questions and concerns. I'll handle a few of them:
PAR correction in the comp window is only for your viewing purposes; it does not effect final output.
DVD and YouTube are not extremes of quality. You can have 2k (or is it 4k) video on YouTube which would blow away DVD. Even the 720p on YouTube will look better than a DVD will.
In any case, DVD video is a rather compressed MPEG format so it's not really all that high quality either.
Pixel aspect ratio may not have as much to do with how good something looks on a TV vs. a computer monitor as you may think. (It certainly has to do how stretched it may or may not look.)
An incorrect pixel aspect ration can cause some distortion (as mentioned in this page) however, the blurriness you mention may have to do with interlacing being handled incorrectly too. So, in addition to the link I mentioned earlier, you should also read this.
And you should definitely read through all the tips on this page.
Ah, I see Todd and I were typing at the same time. Again.
>Ah, I see Todd and I were typing at the same time. Again.
It's good to see that we agree. That should give the original poster more confidence in the answers.
Thank you Todd and Szalam -
I always thought there was a difference betw DVD/YouTube quality so I stand corrected and mystified in equal measure.
I think what I was referring to was the difference in the amount of trouble they are to make. IMHO DVD's are problematic to make look correct by comparison - and this whole discussion was in the hopes of getting that right from the start.
Thanks both for great responses.
That settles it!