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Johan Windh
Jaggies when chaning to Ray-traced 3D
on Apr 18, 2013 at 12:03:39 pm

Hi people,


I'm taking my first steps into the excellent 3D camera tracking feature of AE CS6.

I'm at the moment experimenting with some 3D text and hand held camera. However, when I change my layer to "Ray-traced" I get some jaggie edges on the text.

At first I tried changing the text-layer size and font size, but the problem remains.

Please see attached pics.





Kind Regards,

Johan


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Jaggies when chaning to Ray-traced 3D
on Apr 18, 2013 at 12:39:19 pm

At this point in time I would recommend using Element 3d or ShapeShifter AE to get 3d text integrated in a shot using Camera Tracker.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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Walter Soyka
Re: Jaggies when chaning to Ray-traced 3D
on Apr 18, 2013 at 1:27:20 pm

Ted's advice is both very good and very practical.

If you want to stick with the built-in ray tracer, you should be aware that it has a quality slider. Click the lightning bolt icon under the viewer and select Renderer Options, or Ctrl-K (Cmd-K on a Mac) to open composition settings, then go the Advanced tab, then click the options button. Turn up the ray-tracing quality.

Higher numbers here will give better (smoother) results, but will take longer to render.

Walter Soyka
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Johan Windh
Re: Jaggies when chaning to Ray-traced 3D
on Apr 18, 2013 at 3:35:30 pm

Thanks for the replies guys. Raising the Ray-tracer quality made it better, thanx.


In which ways is it better to use Elements for these kind of things?

Kind Regards,

Johan


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Walter Soyka
Re: Jaggies when chaning to Ray-traced 3D
on Apr 18, 2013 at 3:54:47 pm

[Johan Windh] "In which ways is it better to use Elements for these kind of things?"

It's called Element, and it renders quite a bit faster. It also has a pretty clever animation engine.

Element sacrifices the true reflections and shadows that you can get with a ray-tracing renderer.

Walter Soyka
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Johan Windh
Re: Jaggies when chaning to Ray-traced 3D
on Apr 18, 2013 at 3:58:07 pm

Sorry, I keep calling it ElementS. I might have to check it out. Thanks.

Kind Regards,

Johan


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Jaggies when chaning to Ray-traced 3D
on Apr 19, 2013 at 7:46:40 am

ShapeShifter AE will give you speed and easy use of all animation presets from AE and font types and adjustments on the fly.
ShapeShifter AE gives you shadows from AE Lights, the ability to use Reflection maps and combined with Elementary allows for more complex shadows and reflections.
Even more- you get 3d distortion, 3d displacement and using Generator you can create instances of the text and animate them (sort of like a particle generator)

http://library.creativecow.net/jelescu_tudor/ShapeShifter-Review/1

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
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Johan Windh
Re: Jaggies when chaning to Ray-traced 3D
on Apr 19, 2013 at 7:47:43 am

Thanks Ted.

Kind Regards,

Johan


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Walter Soyka
Re: Jaggies when chaning to Ray-traced 3D
on Apr 19, 2013 at 2:37:17 pm

[Tudor "Ted" Jelescu] "ShapeShifter AE will give you speed and easy use of all animation presets from AE and font types and adjustments on the fly. ShapeShifter AE gives you shadows from AE Lights, the ability to use Reflection maps and combined with Elementary allows for more complex shadows and reflections."

ShapeShifter also takes color from your type -- with Element, you'd have to create and apply a new material.

This exposes another of ShapeShifter's big strengths: it lives within the Ae UI, whereas a lot of work in Element is done in an entirely separate UI.

Walter Soyka
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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: Jaggies when chaning to Ray-traced 3D
on Apr 19, 2013 at 3:04:55 pm

Well pointed- thanks Walter.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
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