Could be some odd headers or MPEG stream flags busting up resolution interpretation or some issue in Quicktime. Or any chance iPhones embed thumbnail previews? Definitely verify what resolution AE thinks the file is and also check it in Quicktime. If all else fails, you could always export it from QT Pro and fix or strip whatever data may throw AE off track or mangle it through some conversion tools. Perhaps all you need on the otehr hand is to update iTunes/ Quicktime....
I think that Mylenium is on the right track. If you view a movie in QuickTime and preview it at something other than its actual, size, QuickTime will write metadata to the file about the "preview size" versus "actual size". This metadata can sometimes trip After Effects up. I think that we fixed that bug in After Effects CS5.5. What version are you using?
You can get around this by opening the video in QuickTime and previewing it at full size and then saving the video out of QuickTime again.
These are all fabulous responses. But heres some more info:
Adobe After Effects (master collection) cs5.5 - latest updates included.
If I use the iphone app, imovie and creat a movie and upload to youtube its 1080p and registers as HD.
How ever from the following images thats not the case in After Effects - maybe I have the composition settings wrong...
So this is the "sample" movie taken from the iphone, placed on the desktop and played with windows movie player - has no issue streching to fit the screen size:
thats 1080p playing in windows movie player - so then I decided to go ahead and make my after effects composition:
Are these the correct settings? I thought so.
So then I imported my movie and placed it on the time line and got this:
Thats not right - it should expand to fit the whole area. If I were to render this out, one it would go from 88mb's to 2 gigs - explanation on why HD settings crank up the file size? How can I render out HD and keep the file size small, I mean this file is 88mb's..... also as I was saying, if I render this out - what you see in this image is what the movie will look like instead of what it should look like in the first image.
Oh the image of the move on the desktop:
So this is what the movie looks like on the iphone:
Once its been played once it changes to:
Is that still that meta data "thing" you guys were refering to?
Thanks for every ones help and paitence.
Also if you could answer why a 88mb movie will render out as 2gigs.....on HD settings.....I mean sure its HD but the movie omes in as HD.....>_>
> If I were to render this out, one it would go from 88mb's to 2 gigs - explanation on why HD settings crank up the file size? How can I render out HD and keep the file size small, I mean this file is 88mb's
This is a very different set of questions than the ones about the frame size. See these FAQ entries to understand file size and compression options:
It's saying your .MOV video is 1080x1920 (1080 wide, 1920 high) at 24 fps, with a pixel aspect ratio of 1.00 (square pixels).
Your composition is at 25 fps (not 24), and 1920x1080 (1920 wide, 1080 high) with a frame aspect ratio of 2.37:1 etc.
"Thats not right - it should expand to fit the whole area"
It's not expanding to fill the whole area because your composition is widescreen (frame aspect 2.37:1. normal HDTV is at 1.78:1), and your .MOV video is shot in portait mode - a very narrow aspect ratio (frame aspect 0.56:1)
It looks like the video as shown in windows media player is the wrong way up (ie. rotated 90 degrees - which is why it fills the screen) ie. the wooden floor tiles are vertical on the windows media screenshot whereas on the screenshot from after effects they are horizontal and the pet is shown the right way up.
I think if you want to record widescreen (instead of portrait format) video with your iPhone 4, you need to hold it horizontally rather than vertically before pressing Start to record the video.