Can anyone tell me what codec best suits PI 3.0, since I'm exporting AVIs from Premiere Pro 2.0 using MainConcept Codec, but the quality of my AVI exported from PI leaves much to be desired.
Appreciate any help!
Cinepak (radius) produces severe pixelization/color stratification.
Huffy 2.2 avi files crash Adobe AE when trying to import.
Huffy 2.1 seems best, but produces huge files. 65MB for a 200 frame 720x480.
Divx 6.2.5 (quality set to 8) produces quality playback and small file size, but won't load into AE.
(error retrieving frame).
The only method that I have been able to use to get quality output from PI:SE (for use in AE) is to use .tga files.
I'm sure I am doing something wrong, but haven't figuered it out yet.
TGA will give you the best quality output with SE, the next best being an uncompressed AVI. Even a highest quality sequences of JPGs can look really good if you need to save the disk space and don't need an alpha channel.
DIVX and the similar codecs are good for delivering video, but they aren't very good for editing/compositing with. I don't know if its still the case, but there used to be an issue when loading a DIVX video into an editing program that scrubbing forward would play at normal rates, but going backwards would slow things down tremendously.
Cinepak should never be used, unless you're delivering video to someone with a 10 year old computer. It's an old, slow codec.