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Jon Kirsh
Resolution loss on export
on Apr 20, 2017 at 10:28:52 pm

I'm really hoping someone will be able to help me with this one. Here's the situation.

Client needs a 300x250 banner animation at 10MB or less MP4 or MOV. I've built the banner in AE and it looks perfect and sharp at 100%. When I export an uncompressed MOV or MP4 the resolution sucks. It looks pixelated and blurry on some of the objects. I've tried multiple export paths (using media encoder, and premier pro) and always the same result.

I even rebuilt all of the elements within AE so that everything would be vectors and I hoped would remain sharp no matter the scale. Still no good.

So then I made a new composition at 600x500 and again rebuilt all of the elements to fit this new size. When I exported this everything remained sharp. Even an MP4 at 9.1 MB is sharp and clean. When played in Quicktime it's perfect. And if I scale it down in my Quicktime pro player window to 300x250 is remains sharp. But again when I export from Quicktime Pro to 300x250 the resolution lessens significantly. Even an export using Pro Res 422(HQ) codex cannot keep the resolution perfect.

I don't know what to do. I'm at a loss. Please help!

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