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Daninel Johansson
AE to SV with best uncompression?
on May 2, 2010 at 9:11:54 am

Hi there,
I would like to get a clip from After Effects to Sony Vegas without any quality losses.
Which container is best to use? And how would the settings be?

Sorry for my stupidness, but i just want to know this now :)


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Chris Blair
Re: AE to SV with best uncompression?
on May 2, 2010 at 6:35:12 pm

We use Vegas some and I can tell you that Vegas doesn't like quicktime files (it will read them but it's slow and will eventually require a render), and works best with AVI files. So decide what format/codec you're going to be editing with on Vegas and render to that from After Effects. If it's HD, the most efficient codec is the Cineform codec that ships with Vegas. If it's SD, you could use anyone of a half-dozen codecs depending on your system setup, from uncompressed to software codecs like Matrox DVCPro50 (freely available online) or combination hardware/software based codecs like Blackmagic's, which are also freely available online.

So if you're using capture hardware with Vegas? (Like a Blackmagic card) definitely use the Blackmagic codecs coming out of AE. But even without their hardware, you can find and install their software only codecs.

There'a a filmmaker that blogs about Vegas who's very knowledgeable and I'd check her blog out if you want more info. Her name is Eugenia Loli and she's extremely sharp when it comes to the best codecs and workflows with Vegas.
http://eugenia.gnomefiles.org/2007/09/19/crash-course-on-sony-vegas/

Another great resource when it comes to Vegas is Douglas Spotted Eagle, who I believe contributes quite a lot on the Vegas forum here on the Cow, which is another place to ask this question.

I'd search something like Vegas codecs to find related posts on here and Eugenia's blog.

Chris Blair
Magnetic Image, Inc.
Evansville, IN
http://www.videomi.com


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Daninel Johansson
Re: AE to SV with best uncompression?
on May 3, 2010 at 5:18:43 am

Thank you!
I never thought about the rendering can be based on my hardware.
I badly don't know where i can look up what hardware stuffs i have, i'm not good at computers really.
But i'm running an old laptop, and have the graphic card
"Mobile Intel(R) 956 Express Chipset Family".
Also
Processor:
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T7300 @ 2.00GHz

Computer:
ACPI Miltiprocessor PC


The size i'll do is going to be 480x270 and another will maybee be 1280x720.

Any ideas of a codec that might be great?
I just tried render with uncrompressed, a 8 secounds comp with just a picture inside, made 89 MB in size which is pretty much.
So i think i may use codec.


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Chris Blair
Re: AE to SV with best uncompression?
on May 4, 2010 at 1:34:24 am

Well I was talking about video capture hardware, not your computer's graphic display. So if you're on a laptop, you're likely software input/output only.

For the HD resolution, Cineform is the best to output to as it's great quality (compressed but still looks amazing), and should play back in real-time. I'm not sure if AE will find and use the Vegas installed Cineform codec though, so another option if it can't render to that is to render uncompressed, then setup your Vegas timeline using Cineform and just render to that inside in Vegas.

On the smaller size, you could probably go uncompressed and be fine since it's a small pixel resolution.

Chris Blair
Magnetic Image, Inc.
Evansville, IN
http://www.videomi.com
Read our blog http://www.videomi.com/blog


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