I have setup an animation in ProAntimator (NTSC DN 720x480, Upper field first, and Antialias set at 3x3) When I render the movie out I have tried uncompressed and animation. I'm semi-new to this but I know enough to match up all my setting in ProAnimator and AE so when I import it there's no issues. I then import my rendered file into AE. I have a background behind it, and I'm sure that's not the issue. My problem is that when I render the AE file, my background looks good but the import PA movie looks "jaggy", or "low rez" kind of look.
Am I missing something? If I set my antialias to a higher number (like 5x5 per the instruction manual PDF) the animation looks real soft in PA. Will that be less noticable coming out of AE?
I see all the awesome examples on the Zaxwerks website, but I just can't get there. By the way, my final product will be a DVD.
First, field rendering your animation will provide slightly smoother motion, so long as you have the field order correct. NTSC DV is lower field first. You are correct in using a lossless codec for your intermediate movie to avoid compression artifacts.
Second, when you import your movie into AE, be sure your interpret footage setting is correct... that is, tell AE whether to deinterlace the video for you and what the field order is supposd to be.
Third, be sure you have the video quality toggle for your movie set to best quality in your timeline. This will
And finally, the only way to see how a field-rendered animation will look for real is by playing it back on an NTSC monitor or tv set. It will show jaggies on your computer screen because computer screens are not interlaced video.