I need feedback on my current workflow to ensure high quality output. I'm preparing animations to be presented on a 42-inch plasma, via a DVD player. Here are my steps:
1. Model/animate with Autodesk 3DS Max--output is a tiff sequence.
2. Place the tiffs in a sequence in AfterEffects--export DV AVI
3. Import DV AVI in Edius Pro to do some light video editing (in and out points, add music, fade in and out, etc)--export using Edius' DVD settings, which creates a m2p file
4. Import m2p file(s) into Encore and build DVD
I've watched the animations on a flat-screen hi-def TV and I think the quality is totally fine. The client has informed me that when shown on a plasma, the picture appears somewhat pixelated, as if the compression has sacrificed the quality (similar to what a .flv compression will do for the web). Advice?
1. Export TIFF from 3dMax with luma levels 16...235
2. Open tiff AS SEQUENCE in Edius (by DV-AVI you KILLLLLLL quality!!!)
3. Export from Edius by using ProCoder Express with settings: 720x576, mastering quality, CBR!!! @ 8500
4. Author in any software