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Outputting anamorphic widescreen DV

From: After Effects Apprentice 15: Creating a Sports Opening Title

Video: Outputting anamorphic widescreen DV

Now let's say we also need to deliver something standard-def video, and for the sake of argument let's say it has to use for DV codec, because they'd have some special considerations. I'll click on the name of the template to edit it. The DV format can only support a rendered file size of 720x480 for NTSC DV. So what you need to do is squeeze your square pixel, widescreen comp down into those dimensions. That's what the Resize part of the Output Module Settings does for you.

Outputting anamorphic widescreen DV

Now let's say we also need to deliver something standard-def video, and for the sake of argument let's say it has to use for DV codec, because they'd have some special considerations. I'll click on the name of the template to edit it. The DV format can only support a rendered file size of 720x480 for NTSC DV. So what you need to do is squeeze your square pixel, widescreen comp down into those dimensions. That's what the Resize part of the Output Module Settings does for you.

In this case we're squeezing the 872 down to 720. Always leave Resize Quality at the default of High. It's a bit dangerous to resize the height at this point--particularly if you're field rendering--you never want to change the height at this point in the render. But in this case, since we created it at the normal D1 size of 486 tall, 486 out is perfect. Then in this case the client has asked us for a DV codec render, DV25 NTSC underneath Format Options. So we need to get from the 486 lines of your typical D1 standard-def render down to the 480 of DV.

Without dragging usually with a ton of history of why things are the way they are, the way to do that is to use the Crop part of the Output model Settings. crop four pixels off the top--not three, but four--and two off the bottom. Again, if you're field rendering, you never want to crop an odd number of pixels, because it would change your field order. Fortunately again, most renders these days are progressive scan. Don't forget to include an audio output, most professional formats and even DV are 48K sample rate.

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  1. 3m 39s
    1. Welcome
      1m 39s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 0s
  2. 17m 38s
    1. Building the grid floor
      8m 48s
    2. Creating a radar sweep
      5m 13s
    3. Adding lightning
      3m 37s
  3. 14m 18s
    1. Building the video panel
      4m 34s
    2. Using the Block Dissolve effect
      3m 52s
    3. Stylizing the footage
      2m 15s
    4. Duplicating precomps
      3m 37s
  4. 21m 22s
    1. Importing Illustrator files
      5m 47s
    2. Working with paths and masks
      4m 54s
    3. Animating the Stroke effect
      4m 20s
    4. Tinting the event names
      2m 42s
    5. Wiggling the rings
      3m 39s
  5. 33m 35s
    1. Starting a new composition
      1m 48s
    2. Spotting music
      5m 55s
    3. Building the floor
      5m 27s
    4. Adding a video panel
      3m 40s
    5. Creating a reflection
      7m 47s
    6. Adding the dial
      4m 7s
    7. Arranging the frame
      4m 51s
  6. 9m 22s
    1. Setting up the final pose
      4m 28s
    2. Keyframing the camera
      4m 54s
  7. 14m 39s
    1. Adding a text layer
      5m 16s
    2. Using text animation presets
      3m 16s
    3. Customizing the preset
      6m 7s
  8. 6m 56s
    1. Adding a Spot light
      3m 41s
    2. Casting shadows
      3m 15s
  9. 12m 7s
    1. Improving consistency
      2m 43s
    2. Adding a 2D background
      4m 29s
    3. Tying up loose ends
      4m 55s
  10. 20m 37s
    1. Overview of Main Comp 2
      3m 32s
    2. Grouping layers
      4m 39s
    3. Animating the swivel
      9m 2s
    4. Assembling the final comp
      3m 24s
  11. 25m 56s
    1. Adding a transition
      7m 0s
    2. Keyframing the camera
      3m 20s
    3. Adding a filmic glow
      4m 0s
    4. Increasing the motion blur
      4m 2s
    5. Retiming a video source
      7m 34s
  12. 13m 4s
    1. Exploring render settings
      2m 48s
    2. Outputting for archiving
      1m 15s
    3. Outputting anamorphic widescreen DV
      1m 57s
    4. Creating a 4:3 center-cut version
      2m 31s
    5. Outputting for web
      2m 23s
    6. Exploring components for editors
      2m 10s
  13. 12m 49s
    1. Creating the inner ring
      5m 19s
    2. Creating the outer ring
      3m 9s
    3. Creating the text ring
      4m 21s

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