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  • Which comp settings for an opening movie title sequence?

  • Adam Clark

    February 8, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    I am creating an opening movie title sequence for school. I would like the final output to be in HD. All footage is going to be digital illustration/graphics, no live footage.

    I have always worked in NTSC DV and this is my first HD project. I have been doing a lot of research, but I am still undecided as to how I should setup my AE comp. I was leaning toward the HDTV 1080 @24fps. If that proves to be too taxing on my computer hardware, I will drop it down to 720p. (I would like to try to keep things at 24fps because I am incorporating some frame-by-frame animations that were drawn at 12fps. Once brought into the 24fps comp in AE, the frames will double up and play “on 2’s.”)

    Given that this project is for a college class and not for a real client, I have the freedom to create the output at whatever setting I want. However, since it is a movie title sequence I would like to set it up the correct way. How would a “pro” setup his/her movie title sequence if it were for the big screen?

    A little more insight would be most appreciated. Thanks!

  • Adam Clark

    February 9, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Thanks Dave. I was hoping you were around:) So, to clarify…

    Work bigger, got it!

    I trust what you say about 24fps not being exactly 24fps. Initially, I was more confident with my HDTV 1080 24 selection, simply because there was a preset for it. AE doesn’t seem to have a preset for HD 1080 @23.976 or 720. Why is that or does it even matter? Is this an uncommon frame rate for HD?

    When you say “interpret your 12 fps footage as 23.976/2” do I type the 23.976/2 in the “Conform to frame rate” box under the Interpret Footage panel? (wanna be sure)

    Thanks again!

  • Simon Bonner

    February 9, 2011 at 10:23 am

    [Adam Clark] “When you say “interpret your 12 fps footage as 23.976/2” do I type the 23.976/2 in the “Conform to frame rate” box under the Interpret Footage panel?”

    Yes, AE will calculate that this is 11.988 fps for you.

    Also, if you find your machine slow at 1920×1080, you can always work at lower resolutions (hit the Full drop-down menu at the bottom of the Comp panel).

    Simon Bonner

    youtube.com/simonsaysfx

  • Adam Clark

    February 9, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Awesome, thanks.

    So, If I were to burn the 23.976 animation to DVD with Nero later down the road, what frame rate would it play at?

    Do I have to add any pulldown or would that only be if I were dropping the 23.976 footage into a 29.976 comp that had live video?

    Sorry for the many questions but I will be writing about my process and want to sound like I know what I’m talking about!

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