Since the crew's using Premiere now..?

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Since the crew's using Premiere now..?

Post by Tsubasa » Thu Jan 08, 2009 1:01 am

Hi, I've been having some issues! I'm trying to create an animated version of Kayfedewa's Blackblood Alliance in a way that's pretty similar to the Wolf Animated Feature, AKA drawing in photoshop, importing into Premiere Pro Cs3, and exporting as an .avi file.

However, it looks great in Photoshop, great in Premiere, but when I export the movie it gets blurry and awful. Example:

Here's a still from a recent animation:

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Here's the very short animation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfxvg1H3uMY

Clearly, there's some quality issues. Is there something I'm missing? I know the animatipn's short, but I'm waiting for the voice actors to send me their parts and til then, I can't do much more with it.

Thanks in advance! I know this is more troubleshooting than anything that's a real question. I really do adore the Feature so far; I've got the colored rough sequence from Youtube in my favorites. =] Just goes to show that ordinary people can make some amazing stuff.

Also, here's what the .gif looks like, which appears to be okay aside from crappy .gif quality:

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Re: Since the crew's using Premiere now..?

Post by Uzuri » Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:14 am

Well, for one thing, AVI's suck.

OK, to be fair, there are ways to make them look good, but they're really not that great of a format.

I don't use Premier, so I can't get you specifics, but just from an outside guess, I'd say read up about your formats and codecs, and look into the controls in Premier. You can get better quality by increasing the bitrate, keyframes, and other things of that nature. Also, other formats tend to compress better without looking so bad. The format everyone's talking about is H.264, so if you've got that as an export option, you might try it. I have an older computer, so I often use Sorenson 3. Avoid MPEG-4; even though they use it for DVDs, the quality isn't up to snuff (lots of artifacts).
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Re: Since the crew's using Premiere now..?

Post by Tsubasa » Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:45 am

Thanks so much! I was wondering if it was like .jpg files, where they're just crap by nature.

I don't have H.264 as an option, I think, but I will check. I know I have uncompressed .avi as a choice, so I might try that and check out the other choices.

I've had some trouble even playing mpeg-4 files, so those are definitely out of the question.

Again, thanks for the response!

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