Rectangular Pixels in After Effects
with footage conversion in digital video
the advent of digital video, there's one concept desktop
video artists have had to come to terms with: rectangular
pixels. Television's actual resolution is 720 pixels by
486 pixels, which doesn't exactly equate with the 4:3 aspect
ratio of a TV screen. The end result is rectangular pixels,
slightly taller than they are wide. In this clip from Total
AE, instructor Brian Maffitt demonstrates the ins and outs
of dealing with rectangular and square pixels using After
Effects. This is a complex concept, but you are presented
with a a thorough, easy to understand explanation of the
inherent issues. The tutorial ends by showing the ideal
resolution for working in DV and demonstrates how to make
your comps and artwork automatically snap to this resolution.
Click screenshot below to begin video tutorial.