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This course pulls together the skills you've been learning in the previous After Effects Apprentice installments to create a real-world video promo. Trish leads you through building the artwork and components used in the final piece, and then Chris shows how to assemble these precompositions into a 3D world, timed to music. Along the way, Trish and Chris also share their thoughts as they design a video project, including unifying the overall look and handling change requests from clients.
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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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