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tejal shahFootage gets pixelated in AE?
by on Apr 25, 2013 at 6:39:50 pm

I am doing some green screen keying for a project. When I bring the footage in AE (CS6), it gets slightly pixelated towards the edges of the subject- even before I start keying. I can't seem to figure out whats wrong with the footage. The clip I'm importing is XDCAM EX 1080p30 (35Mb/s VBR).

I'm dragging it right to the comp, so the comp settings are the same. Please let me know if there is any solution. Thank you!

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Dave LaRondeRe: Footage gets pixelated in AE?
by on Apr 25, 2013 at 7:06:34 pm

Is the footage interlaced? Have you interpreted the footage properly?

Dave LaRonde
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tejal shahRe: Footage gets pixelated in AE?
by on Apr 25, 2013 at 7:19:42 pm

Thank you for responding! It may be interlaced. How do I interpreted the footage properly?

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John CuevasRe: Footage gets pixelated in AE?
by on Apr 25, 2013 at 7:27:01 pm

Right click it in the project window and choose interpret footage.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor

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Walter SoykaRe: Footage gets pixelated in AE?
by on Apr 25, 2013 at 7:26:59 pm

XDCAM footage can be anamorphic, with pixels wider than they are tall. Your footage may be 1440x1080 with a pixel aspect ratio of 1.33.

If this is the case, the footage may look a little jagged in your comp viewer. You have two options:

Toggle the Pixel Aspect Ratio Correction button under the viewer (it's a rectangle with a bi-directional arrow above it) to see your image as square (squished-looking) pixels.


After Effects > Preferences > Previews, then change the Viewer Quality > Zoom Quality away from "Faster" to either "More Accurate" or "More Accurate Except RAM Preview."

Walter Soyka
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