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John Orchard
Poor render quality in FCP
on May 11, 2010 at 8:43:55 pm

Hey guys...

FCP7, AE CS4

I have imported an AE graphics file into FCP and placed into my timeline. BEFORE it is rendered and when the playhead rests on the AE file, it looks great. However, in order to play it I must render (of course). When I do render it, it looks horrible. I have played with the render settings in the render control panel under user preferences and I get no difference. What am I doing wrong? I feel like I've missed a checkbox somewhere, as I've never had this problem before.

Thanks!


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Mark Petereit
Re: Poor render quality in FCP
on May 11, 2010 at 9:01:11 pm

And you're viewing the output on...?


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Kevin Monahan
Re: Poor render quality in FCP
on May 11, 2010 at 9:52:41 pm

If you're not using a production monitor, you'll need to check out the Canvas at 100% precisely to get an idea.

Probably the #1 confusion about FCP around here.

Kevin Monahan
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http://www.fcpworld.com
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Dave LaRonde
Re: Poor render quality in FCP
on May 11, 2010 at 9:57:48 pm

...and if you happening to be working in a DV timeline, know this: the DV codec treats motion graphics, lovingly created in AE, the way a baby treats a diaper.

Better you should put everything in a ProRes timeline. Then you stand a fighting chance at quality.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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John Orchard
Re: Poor render quality in FCP
on May 11, 2010 at 10:10:10 pm

Dave...

I think this might be my issue. The only difference between this timeline and all others is that this one is DV. Going to try a ProRes timeline.

Thanks

John


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John Orchard
Re: Poor render quality in FCP
on May 11, 2010 at 10:14:33 pm

This did the trick! Thanks Dave!


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John Pale
Re: Poor render quality in FCP
on May 11, 2010 at 10:45:24 pm

Be advised that if you output to DV tape, it will once again look like the contents of a baby diaper...since it will get compressed to the DV codec by the deck.



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Shane Ross
Re: Poor render quality in FCP
on May 11, 2010 at 11:45:45 pm

When you add something to the timeline and render, you render to the settings of the timeline. If they are DV, then it will look like DV (which looks like crap compared to 10-bit uncompressed, or even Animation). That is one thing to be aware of.

And proper monitoring, as mentioned.



Shane



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