3 Replies Latest reply on Mar 16, 2011 12:50 AM by Mylenium

    problem previewing 'non-square' pixels

    martingr Level 1

      We have an AE CS4 project that is to be rendered/exported for a PAL DVD project

      (that will be authored in Encore) so we have set all of the composition settings to

      D1/DV PAL, widescreen (1.46).

       

      We will also need a rendered file format suitable for PC viewing (on laptops/online etc)

       

      When we do a 'test' render (.mov) of a composition and preview it in

      Quicktime it appears in a 4:3 format (squashed).

       

      Assuming this is because of the 'square' pixels used on monitors how do we

      prepare the files to be suitable for viewing on a monitor and DVD authoring?

      (Using Mac & Win xp).

      Thanks for any help.

        • 1. Re: problem previewing 'non-square' pixels
          Mylenium Most Valuable Participant
          how do we prepare the files to be suitable for viewing on a monitor and DVD authoring?

           

          You use the equivalent square pixel presets - PAL Widescreen Square. Encore will happily transcode it to the correct anamorphic format and you can use the same source files for desktop viewing. If anamorphic sources are involved, nesting them in a square comp will automatically un-squeeze them, if the correct aspect ratio is obeyed i nteh footage interpretation.

           

          Mylenium

          • 2. Re: problem previewing 'non-square' pixels
            martingr Level 1

            Thanks Mylenium,

             

            I tried the above settings with an AE composition then rendered it into quicktime format

            with the DV PAL Widescreen setting - it imported into Encore Ok but there was some

            letterboxing visible at the top and bottom of the frame(?)

             

            Just to clarify a couple of things:-

             

            The default 'PAL DV Widescreen square pixel' composition settings in AE applies

            a frame size of 1050 x 576 pixels (i'm assuming this is the one to use?)

             

            Which file format & codec render settings do you recommend to

            get the best results in Prem/Pro and/or Encore?

            (ie want to maintain best quality until final output)

             

            Thanks for your help!

            Martin.

            • 3. Re: problem previewing 'non-square' pixels
              Mylenium Most Valuable Participant
              it imported into Encore Ok but there was some letterboxing visible at the top and bottom of the frame(?)

               

              Resize your preview window/ set the content scaling to fit/ check your field settings for the footage. Whichever is applicable here. Also keep in mind that it's called preview for a reason - unless you have buit the DVD and tested it by playing it from a folder or burning it to a test DVD-R, there is no way to be 100% sure of these things.

               

              Which file format & codec render settings do you recommend to get the best results in Prem/Pro and/or Encore? (ie want to maintain best quality until final output)

               

              Doesn't matter much, as long as it is visually lossless, meaning Quicktime Animation or PNG preferrably, PhotoJPEG with a high quality setting also works. Of course feel free to render stuff from AE directly to MPEG-2 DVD.

               

              Mylenium