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Brett Putman
Chunky Looking Graphics from AE in FCP
on Aug 21, 2010 at 1:07:04 am

So, I exported some animations from After Effects CS4 and with the alpha channel included and as a "straight (unmatted)" animation, using the animation codec.

When I drop them into FCP over my existing timeline, the animations look like they have reduced quality somehow. The edges look chunky and not smooth as they did in After Effects.

What am I doing wrong?


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Jason Brown
Re: Chunky Looking Graphics from AE in FCP
on Aug 21, 2010 at 1:28:47 am

Animation codec in fcp isn't real time...not even in pause. even if bar over top is green doesn't mean it's at full res. U need to force render to see full res

Buy fcp7 it has prores 4444 which carries alpha in real time...it's worth the upgrade price


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Zane Barker
Re: Chunky Looking Graphics from AE in FCP
on Aug 21, 2010 at 4:08:37 am

And your time line settings are?

**Hindsight is always 1080p**


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Brett Putman
Re: Chunky Looking Graphics from AE in FCP
on Aug 23, 2010 at 1:17:57 am

ProRes 422
1920x1080
23.98fps

If you need any more info, then please let me know.


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Jason Brown
Re: Chunky Looking Graphics from AE in FCP
on Aug 23, 2010 at 2:14:09 am

Zane, how much u wanna bet this is a 23.98 vs 23.976 issue?

Your renderings out of afx should be a frame rate of 23.976, not 23.98. Are they?


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Brett Putman
Re: Chunky Looking Graphics from AE in FCP
on Aug 23, 2010 at 3:24:33 am

Oh, I will have to check that.
Wont be able to do so til Tuesday, but I definitely will.

Just to clarify, I am no experiencing stuttery or strage playpack.
This is purely an issue of my stuff from AE looking degraded or chunky when they are placed in FCP.
In other words, it does not look at all as sharp or as high a quality render as it did before I place it in the FCP timeline.


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Vanessa Eng
Re: Chunky Looking Graphics from AE in FCP
on Jan 21, 2011 at 10:02:38 pm

I just stumbled upon this post & it helped me solve a problem I've been struggling with all day. I created an account here specifically to thank you for it. Thank you so much!


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