I would like to render my project in Particle Illusion in the highest quality possible. I usually save it as and avi and then Microsoft MPEG-4 Vide Codec V1. And when I watch it after it is done, the video is extremely blurry. Is there any way for it to be clear? I have Particle Illusion 3.0
Good suggestions above. I use Vegas Pro 8c and have been using PNGs since v.6. Making sure your output and/or project resolution is large helps too. Case in point:
-- Since my usual style involves subtle effects such as mist, clouds and sparkles, I tend to render extra large so as to have the best resolution in Vegas.
--- This includes temporarily changing my system/desktop resolution to the highest it can go in right proportion. Then I clear the PI window of everything except the work or image area (move all particle tweaking and frame windows out of the way**) and render the PNGs.
(** This system resolution change and PI "clearing" may or may not be necessary. What matters most is what one's 100% size is.)
--- In my case, I only render the particles with alpha then put them on a track above the best BK footage in Vegas. One can do far more fine tuning of the appearance of particles that way.
It is very rare that I use a PI PNG sequence without some adjustments in Vegas, i.e sharpen, color, etc. (Hard for me to resist considering the slew of tools Vegas has - lol.)
On an other note: There are several members at the Sony Vegas Pro forum who use PI -- Grazie for one. Never hurts to frisbee in a question there too. My own username there is Soniclight, BTW.
Last, on PNG vs. AVI:
There is really not much difference between a folder full of PNG files or an AVI movie.Both are just containers for single frames.
Aside from codecs/compression options, the only difference is that one can't drag a folder of PNGs into Vegas as one can with an AVI. At least not in 8c :)
So, sure, it is a bit more of a hassle and PNG sequences are essentially uncompressed files which take up some space. But I'm more interested in getting the best results even though it also means going through the whole Import thing in Vegas.